Just South of Biloxi

Just South of Biloxi

by Lauren Hammond, Natalie McCollum

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Just south of Biloxi there was a girl with spunk, a girl with spirit.
A girl with fire.
A girl with a heart full of rebellion.
Just south of Biloxi there was a boy, with a dazzling smile and a kind demeanor.
A boy with morals.
A boy in love.
Just south of Biloxi there were a boy and a girl who realized too quickly, too swiftly, that there is such a thing as shattered hearts and cracked dreams.
Just south of Biloxi there were a boy and a girl who would never truly understand the meaning of some hearts and some worlds are better left broken.

Aurora O'Reilly always prided herself in the fact that she was different. She was a rebel, never really fitting into the ideals that society had set up for her. But Aurora O'Reilly was also full of secrets and deep, dark thoughts. Dark thoughts that weren't normal. Dark thoughts that plagued her and tormented her on most nights.

After deciding to trust her best friend and the love of her life by divulging her deepest darkest secrets, Aurora is faced with the fact that she might have found someone that she can really and truly trust or she just might have made the biggest mistake of her life.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940151115384
Publisher: S.B. Addison Books
Publication date: 07/20/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 117 KB

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Just South of Biloxi 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
morganlefay More than 1 year ago
Does true love mean being true to yourself – even to your darkest secrets? Do you share everything with the love of your life, including your skeletons in the closet? This is the central concern in Just South of Biloxi, a young adult novel about coming of age in 1950’s Mississippi. While the historical setting and age of the narrator/protagonist present their unique elements, as a modern adult reader I still found much of the emotional content relevant and relatable. The story has a timeless quality that bridges geographic and chronological distance. Perhaps that is because this is a character-driven narrative, in which the reader is predominantly in the mind of Rory, a sixteen-year-old girl trying to navigate the delicate nuances of a close, committed relationship. Rory’s self doubts and insecurities are universal, recognizable to anyone who has experienced that first love. Teen readers will identify with Rory, but even someone like me who’s been through it enough times (and is still trying to figure out relationships!) will find Rory’s interpretations of human nature reaffirming. However, this novella goes beyond universal relationships to a subject that is not common to everyone’s experience – though it is certainly part of being human. This book is about mental illness. Rory has suicidal thoughts that she eventually confides to her best-friend-turned-love-interest, Edward…and spends the rest of the time second-guessing her decision. This raises the question as to how far trust goes: is the most trusted confidante worthy of anything, even the most self-damning revelation? Like Rory, we all want to think we have that one person we could tell anything, but like Edward, we want to save the ones we love – even if that means a sort of betrayal, a cruel kindness that only 20/20 hindsight will make sense out of. The Rory-Edward dynamic is complex, and Edward is a bit of an ambiguous figure in spite of Rory’s in-depth descriptions of someone she’s known her entire life. There is just enough doubt planted in the reader’s mind regarding his true motives to tease that good guy/bad guy duality…until the gray area clears up. These things make for a well-paced read that moves you along to a turn of events that I did not see coming, and that provokes a healthy desire for more after the turn of the last page in this volume of the series.