~A lot can change in the space between devising a plan and carrying it out. That space is called the INTERIM.~
High school seniors Jeremy Stahl and Regan Walters aren’t friends. Not even close. He’s a picked-on, picked-apart loser outcast. She’s a cool kid running with the popular crowd. It’s unlikely they’d ever speak to one another. Too bad he’s madly in love with her. But what does it matter anyway? He’s got no time for love. Only revenge.
Meticulously detailed in the pages of his battered red notebook is his master plan. He’s finally ready to answer every single taunt, jeer, and flying fist—unwarranted abuse that’s spanned six years of his lonely life. He’s justified. He’s ready. But he never readied himself for her.
Regan finds his journal. She reads it, and when he discovers her intrusion, he has to switch tactics. She’s a liability now.
Better fix that.
(This is a New Adult standalone that contains explicit language and graphic violence, including gun violence. If school shootings are a particularly sensitive topic for you, then I encourage you to refrain from reading this book.)
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About the Author
S. Walden used to teach English before making the best decision of her life by becoming a full-time writer. She lives in Georgia with her very supportive husband who prefers physics textbooks over fiction and has a difficult time understanding why her characters must have personality flaws. She is wary of small children, so she has a Westie instead. When she's not writing, she's thinking about it. She loves her fans and loves to hear from them. Email her at email@example.com and visit her website at http://www.swaldenauthor.com for up-to-date information on her current projects.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Do you hear that? That’s my heart beating over this story. Interim is powerful. The words, the characters. Everything. This book simply moved me. I am left breathless. “...and I wondered what life was like to never really walk on the ground but to glide instead. What it was like to be effortless and confident.” Jeremy Stahl is an outcast. A nobody. A loser. Well that is how the popular crowd sees him. It’s how he sees himself. He's a victim. To his peers. To his dad. Regan Walters runs with the cool crowd. She doesn’t have time for the likes of someone like Jeremy. Until one day she reads his journal. Every single detail regarding his revenge is in that journal. Plans need to change. “Metal could slay a flying fist. Metal could silence an ugly word. Flesh was weak; metal strong.” This story is SO much deeper than bullying as it goes beyond that. It’s emotional and deep. It reminds you of the resilience of the human spirit and that we are all worthy of forgiveness, hope, and most of all, love. That we deserve to receive it just as much as we deserve to give it. Every single character in this book plays a part. You feel Jeremy’s hurt, his pain, his need for revenge. But the author also shows you the other side. How vulnerable bullies are. That those who pick on others, are just as messed up, or even more so. That they are deeply hurting and find solace in hurting others. It’s interesting ow an author can strategically allow the reader to see both perspectives. The bully and the victim. At the end of the day, she shows you that deep down, these are people. And there is power in their choices. “And I wanted to feel everything at once. And give you everything. And take from you.” Is there romance in this story? Honestly? Yes. But not hearts and rainbows. Not the fluffy kind. Oh no. That is not this book. Jeremy and Regan are not the usual high school sweethearts. Their love is intense. It’s ugly, it’s beautiful. Their love shatters everything you thought you knew about love. Everything. For Regan to love the boy with so much hate in his heart and for that boy to find love despite that black heart was breathtaking, scary, beautiful. Their love knows no boundaries as the boy who never received love, learned to love harder than anyone. You watch his soul slowly come alive as he’s around Regan. “Because broken people don’t know when enough is enough.” The subject matter in this story? It’s heavy. It’s relevant. It pushes boundaries. It’s not pretty. But isn’t that life? We have come so wrapped up in these fairytale fluff stories that as readers we are not pushed. What happened to the time when books actually made you think? But S. Walden? She pushes you. Hard. She makes you come face to face wit the ugly and bad parts of life. It’s raw, genuine, and you feel every single moment. I gripped my kindle. I never wanted to put this book down. I was mesmerized, addicted. Her seamless detailed writing is brilliant. You are not reading the story, you are IN it. I was in Jeremy’s head. I felt every thought, every emotion. S. Walden doesn’t write her characters, she simply breathes life into them. The words of this story will haunt you, but you will be inspired. Interim is a story I will never forget. This brilliant, heartbreaking, thought provoking story just gave me life. It consumed me. I am overwhelmed just talking about it as I am not sure if I can truly put into words what this story truly meant to me. My heart pounded with each chapter. I was living this story. I held on to every single word. The author is amazing at the art of storytelling. It's as if she purposefully chooses each word as they strategically and beautifully add to this story. Despite the warning on this book, read it. The author is nothing but original in her efforts to truly portray a haunting story on bullying and the choices we have in life that come with consequences. I applaud the author for tackling such an issue, especially with the times we live in today. But that's the thing. This is our world today. We need to embrace it head on if we are to ever to fully understand what we are facing. As I end this, my heart is still beating over this story, and I don't think it will ever stop.
INTERIM was one of those books, you know the ones, those books that make you take a step back and question something you’d never considered. It makes you wonder if there was something that you could have done to change the course of someone else’s life. Or if perhaps you have done something that changed someone’s life. If you did, was it for better or for worse? Jeremy’s story is beautiful and tragic and moving and wonderful. It was a story that I didn’t know that I needed to read until I read it. I went into INTERIM knowing that it was different than anything that I had read before, and probably anything I’ll read after. And I am better for having read it. It wasn’t a storyline I’d ever encountered; it was completely original. It was a story that needed to be told, it was a story that has the power to make a difference in how we look at not only the perpetrators of seemingly senseless acts, but those against whom the acts were committed. I was completely blown away by how much I could relate to almost every character in the book. There was something in each personality that was a part of the whole of me. No matter how good or how bad the person, their thoughts, and motivations always remained completely flawed and human. I appreciate that in a book, as so often characters seem to do things that are completely outside of the realm of normal human behavior. It is obvious S. Walden cares more about the craft than making a list, she is not a flash-in-the-pan author. She doesn’t write what she thinks someone will like, she writes stories that are new and fresh and more. More than you could ever expect, more than you thought you needed. As you read any of her books you can feel the love that she has for the words, for the way they are molded into a sentence, and for the way that each word and sentence is carefully considered before it is included in her finished work. And I absolutely love all of her books. I love that they’re genreless. They are deep and meaningful and unapologetic. And beautiful. No matter what the subject matter is, she manages to make it into a beautifully crafted story, one that completely captivates me. Ms. Walden, thank you for entrusting me with Jeremy’s story. It was beautiful. As always you have exceeded my very high expectations. It was so much more than I could have hoped for, more than I could have ever thought to ask for.