Review: “Wash Me Away” by Wendy Owens

Wash Me Away by Wendy OwensA review by Domoni.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I want to thank the author for the opportunity to read it.

Addison watched her father die. She could have helped him, but she just watched. Now she is finally free of the controlling monster who kept her secluded away.  Sent to live with her aunt and uncle in a new town where she is attending a real school with other kids, she is starting to learn what life is supposed to be like. With two parental figures that care about her, a new best friend and a cute boy who seems to like her, it all seems overwhelming. Can she trust that Leo likes her for who she is even if he is the son of her therapist? When she starts to learn secrets about the mother she never got to know, Addison doesn’t know if she can trust anyone. And what if they find out the truth about her, about how she had to live before? Will things really ever be “okay”? When tragedy strikes at school, Addison and her friends will have to face horrors that may divide them. Though they may also show Addy that she is not alone in the world.

Addison is the main character and I found myself rooting for her. I felt her confusion and fear, and wanted things to get better for her. The romance between her and Leo was soft and sweet and comforting. He helped her learn to trust and how it felt to be cared for, and she helped him open up and work through the pain he had from losing his brother and moving on from his first love.

All of the supporting cast was brought to life in a full manner. There is Leo, the sweet and caring young man, with a penchant for 80s movies.  His best friend Miyagi, the boy genius, who has a torturous crush on Addy’s new best friend, Julia, who is the perfect, spoiled rich girl. She wants to be on the Olympic ski team, and has a taste for the bad boys. Since she is damaged in her own way, she can’t let herself love someone and open herself to the possibility of pain. These four friends have to live through heartbreaking situations that no child should. I loved each of their characters and cried for all of them.

It has been years since a book has emotionally touched me like Wash Me Away. Wendy Owens took some very sensitive and serious topics and wrote them so well that I ached for the characters. I wanted to reach in and hug each of them at certain points in the novel. One quick word of caution, however: this book touches on subjects of suicide and serious abuse. Although the scenes are not graphic, if you are sensitive to these issues please be aware as you read along. Wash Me Away is my favorite read of 2015 so far.

 

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars.

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