Summary: Strange, sleepy Rogerson, with his long brown dreads and brilliant green eyes, had seemed to Caitlin to be an open door. With him she could be anybody, not just the second-rate shadow of her older sister, Cass. But now she is drowning in the vacuum Cass left behind when she turned her back on her family's expectations by running off with a boyfriend. Caitlin wanders in a dream land of drugs and a nightmare of Rogerson's sudden fists, lost in her search for herself. (Thanks Amazon)
Review: At first I was very excited to read this book. I had such great experiences with Sarah Dessen's books in the past. Once I started reading the book, I began to have a difficult time getting through it. I felt that it took a long time to explain why Cass left the family and went to New York.
Caitlin seemed like a character that many girls can relate to in a way. She tried to deal with her parents reaction to her sister leaving by being with Rogerson. At first he seemed like someone she could be with and not have to think about her sister, then he began hitting her. Caitlin did not leave him after he began abusing her. I was frustrated with her when she did not leave him or tell someone about the situation.
This was a good book to illustrate that girls often find themselves in abusive relationships. Many people do not know how to end those relationships and I think that is what Sarah Dessen was trying to convey. This was a good book, it just was not one of my favorites. I love Sarah Dessen's style of writing and I will continue to read her books.