by Erin Lee
Genre: LBGT/ Contemporary
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: 29 June, 2017
Regret Comes in Every Color of the Rainbow
Based on Erin Lee’s novella, Her Name Was Sam, Freak is the story of Kelly and Morgan,the mother and sister of Sam Harris, in the aftermath of her suicide. Bullied for being brave enough to show her true colours to the world, Sam has been gone exactly one year and Kelly and Morgan are left to tackle the grief that comes with regret in her absence.
But Sam’s story is far from over…
Through the love of Willow, a teenager intent on standing up for her “Freak” best friend at all costs, Ryan is able to finally come out to family and friends. His transformation from ashamed to proud with Willow’s help gives new meaning to Sam’s story and how things could have been.
Because love comes in all shades too.
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I got the review copy in I think May of last year, and it’s already March of this year, I really don’t why I took so long to get to this book, like why????😰. Freak is just such an awesome read. It could have easily been one of my best reads of 2017, if I had read it in 2017. But Anyways it has already secured a spot in my best reads of 2018.
Freak is divided into two main parts, the first part is the story of Sam, one year after her sucide and second part is the story of Willow and Ryan. Now, Sam and Willow are connected, but how? For that you need to read the story.
I think people like me who are “normal” in the eyes of society would never understand what kids like Sam go through and how much pain they are in. The only thing that Sam ever wanted was to be accepted, to be accepted for who she is. Through Kelly and Morgan’s pov’s we get to know so much about their regrets and how things could have been different.
“I’d give anything now to let her embarrass me again. But it takes finding your sister dead with your father’s gun to make you see things.”
Second part of the book, is the story of Ryan. He has also been through somewhat similar humiliation and insult as Sam’s, but this time things ended in a different way. Ryan’s story is really beautiful, and the way Willow and her mom stood by him is really remarkable even when his own parents were against him.
I highly recommend this book. Please go and read this book, it is a really short book and won’t take much of your time, but what you will take away from this book would be a lifetime experience. This book is definitely going to remain in your mind and your heart for a long time.
LIFE AT 17 RATING
(5 STARS OUT OF 5)
One of the few awesome quotes of the book:
“The funny thing about regret is that it never really leaves you; not until you make peace with it.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Erin Lee is a freelance writer and therapist chasing a crazy dream one reality at a time. She is the author of Crazy Like Me, a novel published in 2015 by Savant Books and Publications, LLC, Wave to Papa, 2015, by Limitless Publishing, LLC and Nine Lives (2016). She’s also author of Alters, Host, and Merge of the “Lola, Party of Eight Series,” When I’m Dead, Take Me As I Am, Greener, Something Blue, Once Upon a Vow and 99 Bottles. She also penned Her Name Was Sam, an LGBTQ awareness novella. She is author of Losing Faith, and co-author of The Morning After with Black Rose Writing. These days, she spends her free time working on the sequels to this novel, Jimmie’s Ice Cream and Thing Fifteen.
Lee is a co-founder of the Escape From Reality Series. She, along with authors Sara Schoen and Taylor Henderson, are working with twenty other authors to bring the hopes, dreams, fears and terrors of a tiny fictional town alive. The town and its setting is exactly the type of place a man like Jimmie might escape to as the bodies thawed.
Lee holds a master’s degree in psychology and works with at-risk families and as a court appointed special advocate. She cannot write horror with the lights off. However, these days, she’s getting braver and dimming them. She’ll get there . . .
*I was provided a free review copy by Lola’s Blog Tours*