It's taking me a moment to step back from this book and find words. And hopefully I choose the right ones to express my feelings properly.
Kat and I don't only share a nickname, but a darkness we've had to walk through. By no means did we walk the same path, but if I didn't have God in my life, I know I would have. And that's a hard truth to bear.
But this isn't about me.
This book is a shining example of a life-altering story.
The characters are flawed and realistic and well-rounded, and this story touched me in a way a book hasn't in a long time. It's raw, real, and engaging, and I guarantee you will see a little of yourself in the main character, even if you haven't experienced what she has. Honestly, there were a few times I had to take a breather because what I was reading would bring back memories that haven't completely healed yet, but it only added to my fondness for the story and characters.
The fact that people would judge Kat before they heard her out struck a chord in me, especially because I’m a girl. People can be cold and cruel, and a lot of people are good at lecturing instead of listening.
I know what it feels like to be suffocated by someone who's just trying to help, but I also know what it's like to be ignored by someone you wish would just listen. It’s a terrifying feeling being trapped in someone’s grasp, and it’s even more terrifying to stumble without anyone to catch you.
The ending made me smile. The message, the decisions... it made everything worth it.
Bad decisions don’t define you, they just help you grow. And when you’re ready to change, when you’re ready to stop barreling at high-speed for your ending, or when you’re over dying in slow motion, you might not know what to do, but you’ll find yourself amidst endless possibilities for a better and more fulfilling life.
"The valley was just a place, and a place would no longer haunt her. She was broken and scarred, but she was here. She had beaten it."
I've come close to not beating it. And I'm so glad I kept marching on. Things do get better, and time heals all wounds if you let it. This story, although filled with what seems like a never ending string of bad choices and luck, only stoked my resolve to keep marching on.
"We don't get to choose the cards we're dealt, and sometime we are simply unprepared for the ones we do get."
I hope this book offers closure for some, and for others, enlightenment. I hope it brings freedom and healing, because that's what it's done for me. It reassured my footsteps and left me with one of the best feelings to have: hope.
Kat Sells is living an ordinary life when a part of her past suddenly comes back to haunt her. Now, Kat must confront her dark past to help her first love get home to his family in the hope of helping him move on
Spanning decades, follow Kat as she tries to right her wrongs and face the traumatic past that she tried to leave behind her.
Tied to you is a story about redemption, forgiveness and the journey to find yourself and learning to love yourself again.
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