by Selene Castrovilla

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Set against the backdrop of The Wizard of Oz, this tale is both a chilling story of abuse and a timeless romance. Sixteen-year-old good girl Dorothy just blew into the small town of Highland Park—where the social headquarters is Munchkinland (Dunkin' Donuts). There, she meets Joey—a bad boy who tells no one about the catastrophic domestic violence he witnesses at home. Can these two lovers survive peer pressure, Joey's reputation, and his alcoholism? And then there's his family secret which is about to be unleashed. Joey's words are scattered on the page—reflecting his broken state. Dorothy is the voice of reason—until something so shattering happens that she, too, may lose her grip. Can their love endure, or will it melt away? Drawing from true events, this brutal love story will hit like a punch in the face and is sure to reach into the soul of every reader.

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ISBN-13: 9780991626175
Publisher: Last Syllable Books
Publication date: 11/18/2014
Series: The Rough Romance Trilogy , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 278
Sales rank: 67,707
File size: 606 KB
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Selene Castrovilla is a mother and a cat lover. She is the author of By the Sword, The Girl Next Door, Revolutionary Friends, Saved by the Music, and Upon Secrecy. She lives in Island Park, New York.

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MELT: Book One of the Rough Romance Trilogy 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Kimmiepoppins More than 1 year ago
I flew through this book--couldn't put it down! It was intense, gritty, lyrical, romantic, hopeful and powerful at the same time. If you love the writing of Ellen Hopkins, you should give Melt a try because Castrovilla is one to watch.
lakraft More than 1 year ago
This was absolutely brilliant and impossible to put down. Joey and Dorothy are two great characters. This will tug at your heart in so many ways. Two people from very opposite sides and so many struggles. I can't give this book enough praise. So touching and heartbreaking at the same time. Amazing......stop reading this review and read Melt already!!!
otakutwins More than 1 year ago
*4.5 out of 5 I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for a review. Melt is about Dorothy and Joey, rotating point of views between the two. Joey’s chapters are written in verse, while Dorothy’s are written like a normal book so we get a better look into both sides of the story. Melt is a love story about a boy from a broken home and a girl who wants to ease his pain, to fall in love with him and help set him free. Some people really can’t stand rotating chapters, they feel like they take away from the story, well it’s safe to say that in Melt, the changing view points didn’t hurt the story one bit. Reading from Joey’s view, the chapters went by quickly, and since it was written in verse, it only brought out more about his character. The broken, rough lines, the way Selene Castrovilla wrote his chapters was very beautiful, very poetic but very heart breaking to me. Joey’s family suffered from an abusive father, although most of his fathers anger was taken out on his mother it still made me sad, and even more so when I found out that this was in fact based on a true story about Selene’s boxing teacher. Dorothy’s chapters were more detailed, and more along the lines of a normal story. Reading from her point of view took more time since it wasn’t written with the speed and style of Joey’s chapters. I enjoyed both types of chapter because it gave us insight into what each person was thinking, and how their love or thoughts in general were developing. We got to see Joey struggle with his feelings for Dorothy and try his hardest to push her away, to not fall in love with her so that he wouldn’t hurt her. Honestly, this book was beautifully written and I devoured it. I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars because while it was good, it isn’t my favorite kind of book. I’m not used to young adult contemporary romances, but for this being one of the few I’ve ever read it really makes me want to go and read some more. The characters, the writing style, the descriptions, emotions and speed. Melt had me laying on the ground, rolling around with tears in my eyes. I wasn’t prepared for the ending, for the final chapters, the climax, all so wonderfully written. Sure, the book may take a while to pick up and yes, there was some instant love but what Dorothy and Joey had was actually real, a real book, a real live story. There was no love triangle which is an obvious plus, and even if love was the main point for this story it didn’t hurt. Overall, Melt is a wonderful book about love, rotating chapters and writing style. I recommend it to any one who loves a quick and easy read dealing with romance.
Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Last Syllable Books and NetGalley.) This was an interesting YA contemporary romance novel, with dealt with some difficult topics. I did find it difficult to relate this to ‘The Wizard of Oz’ though. I liked both Dorothy and Joey, although they were both pretty different. Dorothy came from quite a privileged family it seemed, while Joey had a father who abused both Joey and his mother on a daily basis. I liked the way the two points of view were split into very different styles of writing, as it made it much easier to know whose point of view you were reading, and the way Joey’s story was written in a sort-of fractured, verse-like way made him seem a little edgier. However; other than the name ‘Dorothy’ I didn’t really feel like there was much symmetry between Dorothy and Joey, and the characters in The Wizard of Oz. The storyline in this was very much a contemporary romance story, with the added complication of the abuse Joey, his siblings, and his mother were dealing with at home. We also had some troubles for Joey with anger management and alcohol dependency. This story was interesting enough, but again, I had problems really finding the similarities between this and The Wizard of Oz. In fact I didn’t see the similarities until I read the Q&A with the author at the end of the book, which while interesting was a little frustrating. I’ve come across this with books previously, and feel like I shouldn’t need to read additional material to understand a book. Is that just me? Anyway, we did have some romance between Dorothy and Joey, and this was okay. I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it either. I did feel that Dorothy and Joey’s relationship was bound to be tested though, seeing as they were from such different backgrounds, and I didn’t for a moment believe Dorothy when she said that her parents would love him because she loved him. Been there, done that, and it really doesn’t work that way. The ending left me wanting more. The book stopped, but I felt like we didn’t really get all that much closure. The ending was left fairly open, and it’s very difficult to decide what would have happened next, and whether Joey and his family would ever have gotten away from his abusive father. I wish the ending had been a little more concrete, as at the moment I feel like I don’t know what happened to Dorothy and Joey! Did Joey really get away from his abusive father? Did his mother speak against her husband? Did it all get written off as lies because Joey was a young offender and his father a cop? (Quite probable really.) Did Dorothy and Joey continue their relationship? What did Joey intend to do with the rest of his life? So many questions. Overall; an okay YA contemporary romance, but not a whole lot of ‘Wizard of Oz’ symmetry, 6.25 out of 10.
salarsen More than 1 year ago
Follow the journey of a boy emotionally dulled by domestic abuse and the girl who sees life, love, and hope in him.  This is a young adult story for the ages. Sounds clique, but true. It explores the world of domestic violence - a world all too often hidden from most. Just as adult victims, children/teens existing in such an environment are molded by what they see and feel. And it takes its tole.  From the outside, opinions can be told about Joey. He's rough, tough, and known for trouble. No one in their small town wants to know why. Most would rather gossip about him being no good and a loser. But, as with most things in life, what is visible on the outside is far, far from reality.  Physically, Joey is a big guy, built, and quite attractive. Dorothy is new in town and notices him, because of those traits. But for her, there's something more. Her parents work in the psychiatric field and she's developed a feel for people. She feels something off about Joey, that he's not what the other kids are telling her he is.  Joey is soft and deep, on a primitive level. He'd already chalked up the dream everyone wants--a good home, caring family, and love--to fantasy. In Joey's world, all those things that are supposed to equate to love are lies, a mere facade painted on your skin so people don't know. He does love ... his booze and fighting. It helps him forget what he has to go home to. For Joey, his home symbolizes a prison stained in tainted memories of beatings, guilt for not helping his mother, and places his dad kept him to keep him out of the way when he was younger.  And Dorothy sees that. Not the abuse at first, but his desire to be more than he is right now, his want for happiness and hope that he's not ready to admit yet. She senses his loneliness and a tension stirring inside him. She decides to wait on him, let him emerge on his own.  For Joey, Dorothy slowly becomes his hope and courage--a belief there might be more to life than this. But he's so afraid she'll get hurt like his mom.  The writing brilliantly captures the essence of domestic abuse and its lingering affects. It's told from duel point-of-views, which adds such depth to the tale I don't think it could have been written any other way. Joey's POV is visual, too. As I've shown above, the author structured the words in a linear fashion down the left side of the page. Sometimes using a single word, while other times a few words. This gave a tangible view of his brokenness, his vulnerability.  My only issue with the story was how Dorothy met a few friends at the beginning and then it's as if those kids just disappeared once she began talking to Joey.  NOTE: there is vulgarity in the opening, but the piece is so powerful that it's easily overlooked. Honestly, holy wow! Let me rephrase. The opening to this story so overwhelmed me, the blanket of helplessness was so heavy, I got a stomachache. All I could think was 'God help them'. And I couldn't stop reading.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
This book rattled me, it shook something inside me and reflecting back, it was the whole book that moved me. It started off with the way the text was written with the alternating chapters. Joey’s version was written in a poetic style, his dark version of life spread across the pages in a dramatic tone, casting a more emotional, serious feeling while Dorothy’s narrative account conveyed a stressfree, simpler life. Joey’s home life is hidden from the outside world, for people only know the calm side of his family, if individuals knew what really goes on when the doors are shut, his families secrets would be out. Joey feels broken and with a father who uses force, Joey is following in his father’s footsteps. Already incarcerated by the age of sixteen and with hands calloused and harden by years of fighting, Joey doesn’t back down in the outside world. Witnessing his mother, shadowed and weakened by her own husband, Joey fears his father yet is sickened by his use of force. The use of poetry in the text is powerful as some of the words are repeated and the sentence structure is short and robust, belting out an image of who Joey is and where he wants to be, if only he could stand up. When he meets up with Dorothy, he sees something in her, he’s drawn to her but he knows he is not cut out for her. It’s these feelings that he has to contend with. Dorothy is new in town and doesn’t know Joey’s past yet when she’s warned, she acts on her own as she thinks he’s hot. They come from two different lifestyles and they both will need to make some adjustments to make this work. The expectations, their hopes and their previous lives get into their way as they tried to adjust to each other. Lots of emotions and temperaments flew, creating a book that I couldn’t put down. I loved the tension in the air and I could feel the energy surging throughout sections of this book as the drama played out. I am glad that I picked this book up. I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you NetGalley and Last Syllable Books for providing me this copy.