Hickville Confessions

Hickville Confessions

by Mary Karlik

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New town. New look. New beginning. High school junior Ryan Quinn has a past. She will do just about anything to keep it hidden, even if means joining the ultra-conservative, no fun allowed, Purity Club. But secrets are hard to keep in a small town and when the Purity Club girls discover the truth, they viciously attack Ryan.
Justin is the kind of guy who can make Ryan forget her vow to change. He's the kind of guy she should avoid at all costs. But he knows her soul secrets. He understands her and it is torture when she is away from him. But as she deals with the outward scars on her face and the inward shame of her past and Justin's home life continues to spiral out of control, their relationship becomes as convoluted as their home life. Will they find the courage to open their hearts to each other in spite of their family drama?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940151500661
Publisher: GPK Publication LLC
Publication date: 05/02/2015
Series: Hickville High , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 357
File size: 543 KB

About the Author

Following a career as a nursing instructor, award-winning author, Mary Karlik earned an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University in Pennsylvania. A native Texan, Mary loves horses, dogs, cats, and small town diners. Although she has recently relocated in northern New Mexico, her heart remains in the Lone Star state.

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Hickville Confessions 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
_staceykym_ More than 1 year ago
ARC kindly provided by GPK Publication LLC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Review ‘Hickville Confessions’ was a novel I was looking forward to EXTREMELY after reading the first novel, ‘Welcome to Hickville High’, and absolutely LOVING IT! I REALLY wanted this novel to be a continuation of Kelsey’s and Austin’s story but sadly – yet also somehow happily, for me – it was about Ryan, Kelsey's younger sister, and Justin, a fellow football player of Austin's. This novel starts off with a REAL surprise and shocker. A terrible accident happens to Ryan after all she has tried to put in the past behind her, in Chicago. It made me feel for Ryan whom I’ve started to dislike and misjudge in ‘Welcome to Hickville High’. She seemed so stupid, idiotic, vain, helpless and uncaring back then. I DID get to know her a bit better towards the end of the first novel – but I still didn't like her. Yet another shocker was the author’s choice to pair up Ryan with Justin, who we previously saw as the bad boy and utter jerk in book one. I really disliked him, too, back then, but after learning about his OWN traumatic past, it really made me feel a connection to him that let me get to know him and as a result, like him. I got to find out about Justin’s life and who he is. I felt so sorry for him and everything he had experienced. If you want to find to why, then you'll have to read the book. *laughs evilly* I learned more about Ryan. Her story made me turn from apathetic to sympathetic towards her. I actually started to like her for who she was and really started to enjoy reading about her from about a third of the novel. Mind you, I WAS already enjoying the novel, but it got a HELL of a lot better for me as I got further in and more attached. Ryan and Justin make a great couple together; they were both people who EVERYONE misunderstood. Their past troubles seemed to bond them together. They were misjudged characters who the author grasped in her hands, and made her readers see in a different light that showed their real, true selves. Of course, some of the actions the characters did before we're not ones I entirely agree with and I wished that they were smarter as I was deeply disappointed I them. (LOL! I sound like an old grandma.) This novel is a lot sadder than 'Welcome to Hicvikle High': it was a real tear-jerker and heart-wrencher. There were so many times I teared up that my eyes got swollen by the end and it looked like I had cryed for real. I'm NOT kidding you. The plot was also pretty simple, yet this didn't repel me from the story; instead it reeled me in. It was poignant and emotional. Plus, a whole LOT of mystery was surrounding Mackenzie. She was sad, would tear up all of a sudden, eavesdrop on talks, and run away, sullen and depressed. This whole thing made me so KEEN an EAGER to FIND OUT WHAT WILL HAPPEN! Grrrr! It was SOOOO frustrating. I suspect that the third novel in the series will be about Mackenzie and it makes me want to kidnap the author and sit her in front of my computer so she can just WRITE 24/7 until I can lay my greedy hands on the first manuscript or ARC. ... read more at https://staceykym.wordpress.com/2015/12/06/review-hickville-confessions-hickville-high-2-by-mary-karlik/ ...
Bunnita More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. It hit on more subjects than I thought it would. Ryan and her family has relocated hoping to start over. Unfortunately, the saying is true 'you can run but you but you can't hide'. She is viciously attacked by some of the girls from the Purity Club. Justin happens to be in the area and rescues Ryan. After that it's one thing after the other for those two.
BeanLatch More than 1 year ago
I loved this follow-up to WELCOME TO HICKVILLE HIGH. Getting to know Ryan was awesome! She might have made some mistakes, but she works hard to make them right. You go, girl! ;) And Justin...swoon! ;) ;)