In the novel Melt by Selene Castrovilla, Dorothy’s family has recently been relocated to Highland Park where she is just beginning to find some new friends when she meets Joey. Even though he’s from the wrong side of the tracks, they feel an instant connection. To Joey, she’s like a porcelain doll, but Dorothy assures him she won’t break. Yet this is not your typical good girl loves bad boy story. Joey has a big secret which can make a difference. Will Dorothy still want him once she finds out about his abusive pop? Can Dorothy melt away the divide which seperates them? Can she reach the inner Joey before it is too late? Will he let her? Will their parents get in the way of their romantic dreams?
This is a story which needs to be told. Domestic abuse has been a secret which society has kept hidden for way too long and Selene ably ferrets out the truth through the tale of her two main characters, Dorothy and Joey. Despite Joey’s past bad behaviors, you can’t help but like him and root for sweet Dorothy to be successful in her quest to reform his destructive ways. The style is a quick and easy read, alternating between each character’s thoughts and actions. A definite four and a half stars for a YA novel which grabs you from page one.
Thank you to the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) for allowing me to download a free copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.