Hitchhiking is a bad idea but Caden is desperate.
When she accepts a ride from the first car to come by she meets Gabriel. He’s her age, hot, and the closest thing she has to a savior. Problem is, he is a total jerk. With nowhere to go, Caden convinces Gabriel to let her stay with him for one night. He reluctantly lends a couch.
That night Caden wakes up to strange noises. Concerned, she rushes into Gabriel’s room, already anticipating his bad temper. Instead, he’s kind, sweet, and suspiciously harmless—nothing like the man who gave her a ride. He seems like a different person altogether, and claims he is. By night he is Tom, and by day he is Gabriel. Caden finds herself drawn to the mysteries hidden in his eyes.
For Gabriel, Caden is an annoying mistake. One night turns into many, and despite all his anger towards her, she stays. She even seems to accept him and his flaws, but he still doesn’t trust her—is she staying for him, or has she already discovered more than he’s willing to share?
Warning: Contains many adult and mature themes such as drugs, alcohol, abuse and violence.
This book is a complicated one to review. While the story and the characters captivated me from the beginning I was thrown a little by all of the mature themes being in what I thought was a YA novel. I was especially confused by how
much freedom these teens had even if it was during summer vacation. Those reservations aside this is a very
interesting and intellectually engaging novel.
Gabriel and Tom are just fascinating characters and I loved how Caden adapted her behavior to better suit which person was displaying at the time. I think all of us could benefit from a little bit of Tom in us. He just has such an innocent way of looking at things, which is especially helpful when you are navigating the tough world of adolescence.
I am really glad that this book is not the end of these characters because I am really interested in meeting Gabriel’s
parents and trying to discover what happened to make Tom manifest in the first place. I also hope to see Caden mature more and continue her dream of cooking.
I love to write just as much as I love to read. I try to read a book per week, which doesn’t always work out, but it’s the thought that counts. Aside from all that I am a huge animal person.Transformed is my first novel, but it isn’t my first publication; I’ve had several short stories published over the last two years. My main goal as a writer is to explore humanity and to give people something fun to read.
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