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One Last Song
     

One Last Song

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by S. K. Falls
 

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I was seven when I swallowed my first needle.

My mom freaked out and rushed me to the emergency room.

She stayed by my side all night.

I never wanted it to end.

When you spend your whole life feeling invisible-when your parents care more about deals and deadlines than they do about you-you find ways of making people take notice. Little things at

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I was seven when I swallowed my first needle.

My mom freaked out and rushed me to the emergency room.

She stayed by my side all night.

I never wanted it to end.

When you spend your whole life feeling invisible-when your parents care more about deals and deadlines than they do about you-you find ways of making people take notice. Little things at first. Then bigger. It's scary how fast it grows. Then one day something happens that makes you want to stop. To get better. To be better. And for the first time, you understand what it's like to feel whole, happy . . . loved. For the first time, you love someone back.

For me, that someone was Drew.

(85,000 words)

Previously published as IPPY award-winning novel, Secret for a Song.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455563074
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
01/13/2015
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.75(d)

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Meet the Author

2014 IPPY award-winning author S.K. Falls believes a degree in psychology qualifies her to emotionally torture her characters in an authentic fashion. When she isn't writing her twisted love stories, she can be found gallivanting around Charleston, SC with her family. Visit her on the web at www.skfalls.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/authorskfalls .

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One Last Song 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
ShawnaShauntia More than 1 year ago
I’m not exactly sure which caught my attention first, but the blurb intrigue more very much. So I decide to reads the reviews, which were basically down the middle, so I didn’t exactly know what to expect.One Last Song is one of those stories that will stay with you for days after the last page. I will admit there were a few times I had to put this one down for a few days and come back due to frustration, but I didn’t give up on the story and I glad that I didn’t . We’re given a glimpse inside the life of Saylor, she suffers of Munchausen Syndrome and is continuously self inflicting harm to herself each time more elaborate than the last. I often wondered what her endgame was, she said didn’t want to die. Everything about her made me crazy, it's like get over yourself, find something something that makes you happy. I felt conflicted about her parents while they took care of and came to her side whenever she would harm herself, no one should expect them to enable her poor decision.Later its l Everything about Saylor was in the gray area. Things began to change when Saylor became part of a young terminally ill disease support group. While initially it started as research for her next “fix’, then Drew Dean caught her attention and open her opens to a different world. I like Drew, he brought his own version of light to this dark and disturbing read. I won’t say that meeting her stop hurting herself, but being around Drew and his friends did make Saylor feel something. That’s when the story honestly started to pick up for me which was well after the 50% mark. As fate would have it Saylor is found out as not being terminally ill and everyone hates her for their own reason, but I felt some kind of way about that. While Saylor’s disease was not terminal, but it could have ended her life if she took it that far. It was her own personal hell that she could not shake for various reasons, her family and doctors could not just fix her. While she went about doing things the wrong way, I feel the misunderstanding between Saylor and Drew that lead her to be apart of his friends support group save her life. One Last Song is my first experience with S.K. Falls’s work and I believe she took a very delicate situation and made it eye opening. No one character was free from problems, but that made things so much more real. Saylor’s story was told from solely her POV and it was well written. I will admit the pace did NOT pick for me until well after the 50% mark so if you’re going to go down this path be patient and stay strong it will get better. This story is not for the easily squeamish, but it does give you a small hope for a happy ending. ***arc copy given to me in exchange for my honest opinion ***
BookGeekUK More than 1 year ago
** ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review ** I had never heard of Munchhausen's before. Ever. I learnt about the condition in the book and I use that as lesson 1 Lesson 2 was realizing that I've taken life for granted.  (irrelevant personal blah) For the last 3 years, I've smoked. Not like 20 a day but maybe a week. Boredom, mainly. but after reading this book, I've taken it upon myself to quit! Why? because this book made me realize that many humans turn a blind eye to the problems we cause ourselves in life. Our own choices can sometimes result into conditions that can prove fatal to us and those around us. That's how much I felt for the TIDD group. These (although fictional) were handed a bad card and were living out their final time on earth. When the book ended I literally no, no, no, no, no, no'd for quite some time. pressing the kindle to see if I could make any more of Drew and Saylor's story appear but it didn't. I was also hoping for a miracle that would save the group, esp Drew, I wanted those two to have a long and happy life but no. *it's hard to write this review* Aaarrgghhh!  All I want to say is that the book was amazing and an eyeopener, also educational in to the world of people who suffer from AIDS, Cancer, FA and Munchhausens. 4 different worlds brought together on a lie which the book seems to be a web of and once it all came out, as a reader I sighed. Deffinately a book to be added to your TBR list!
foxreads11 More than 1 year ago
To be honest, I wanted to ditch the book in the beginning. I didn’t like Saylor. But I knew that I had to hear her story to see if Saylor Grayson was redeemable.  .  The story is mesmerizing and I had so many emotions running through me. When towards the end, I found myself crying, I was glad I didn’t ditch Saylor’s story. Saylor has Munchausen’s Syndrome.  That is why she swallowed the needle at seven years old. She craves the attention it brings when she is sick. Then she learns ways to make herself sick just to get her mom to notice her. She doesn’t want to die, just craves the disease process and the attention. There is a lot to learn about this disorder. Her mom barely pays attention to her. She is always making doll houses and sipping her tea in their huge home. Her dad is a criminal lawyer and is constantly on the road. Neither seems to make time for their only child. When Saylor’s psychiatrist has her volunteering at the hospital, Saylor is excited to be near medical books and things to make her sick. What she ends up doing is set up and break down the rooms used for meetings. One day she meets Drew there while setting up his meeting for TIDD’s (Terminal Illness Degenerative Diseases) and just says she has MS but doesn’t correct them when they believe she has Multiple Sclerosis. These people are near Saylor’s age and they are all dying of something. As Saylor gets to know them, she learns to be a friend and care for others besides herself. She falls for Drew and Drew falls for her. As time goes on, Saylor doesn’t know how to come clean with them. Her lies are too deep now.  Her friends are amazing people and each of them have different thoughts on death and dying. And they just keep going because they don’t want to be pitied or stared at. I learned about Drew’s disease that I never heard of before.  They talk about assisted suicide too.  There isn’t a moment where something isn’t keeping your attention or wanting to understand death, dying, or thoughts on it from those facing it. I can’t say much more because it is all interaction and I can’t judge the book because I was more learning and feeling. I was rooting for Saylor and Drew’s romance. It was a difficult one and one where you knew things would be bad when the truth comes out. I have to give Saylor credit for all she did for the new friends she made. She was never selfish with them.  This book will make you happy, sad, sorrowful, teary, and mad and give you reason to rejoice with a little bit of happiness in the gloomy setting of this book Ugh, you just have to read it if you like stories of death, mysterious diseases, psychiatry, forgiveness, stories of growth and coming of age, family, a little bit of romance, songs and overcoming anything!
BlkosinerBookBlog More than 1 year ago
  Such a unique premise, I have never read a book about Munchhausen's and didn't know much about it, so it was awesome to get into her head and experience a new perspective and learn about a mental illness.     I liked the friends she met from the support group, and even though I knew that things would collapse around her because of her lies and carefully constructed house of cards. I did want more of how she made herself sick and the emotions behind it but it was a good thing to get the emotions from those who are sick not by choice. I think that being around that amount of sickness and impending death really led to her healing more than anything else. It began as jealousy that they were really sick but then it morphed into something else entirely.      I understood little by little why she did what she did, and it was hard relating with that type of personality because I don't have any of that life experience, but I could empathize. Because I know pain, fear of abandonment, wanting to fit in, I just don't process the same way.     There is romance in this one, and it was sweet for the most part. It was just hard because like the friendships above, it is built on lies, and you know it can't end sweetly.     I felt like the ending was rushed a bit, and I wanted there to be a little more something. I liked the overall ending message and the note that it left on of hope and change though.  Bottom Line: Dark and gritty adventure into the mind of a girl who hurts herself for attention.