Secret for a Song by S.K. Falls
Publication date: June 3rd, 2013
Genre: NA Coming-of-Age
Saylor Grayson makes herself sick. Literally.
She ate her first needle when she was seven. Now, at nineteen, she’s been kicked out of college for poisoning herself with laxatives. The shrinks call it Munchausen Syndrome. All Saylor knows is that when she’s ill, her normally distant mother pays attention and the doctors and nurses make her feel special.
Then she meets Drew Dean, the leader of a local support group for those with terminal diseases. When he mistakes her for a new member, Saylor knows she should correct him. But she can’t bring herself to, not after she’s welcomed into a new circle of friends. Friends who, like Drew, all have illnesses ready to claim their independence or their lives
For the first time, Saylor finds out what it feels like to be in love, to have friends who genuinely care about her. But secrets have a way of revealing themselves. What will happen when Saylor’s is out?
At the start of this book, I felt disgusted by Saylor. (Keep reading, my opinion changes.) How she would inject herself with saliva merely for attention, it’s completely foreign to me, I didn’t understand it. And yet, by the end of the book, I genuinely liked Saylor. She wasn’t proud of what she had done, and was sorry for it. But she couldn’t seem to stop herself.
It must be awful to feel so unloved to want, to need to swallow pills that could potentially kill you. This is a proper condition, not a Barbie Girl wanting attention. This is a real life (but fictional) girl who needed support from her family but wasn’t getting it.
The author handled this tough subject really well, I know that you hear this all the time in reviews, but I believed in Saylor.
It’s difficult for a character to not be over the top with her problems, or on the other not make much of a deal about it and leaving the reader wondering what it was all about. Saylor not one or other, but somewhere in the middle.
To be honest, I cringed quite a few times while reading this novel. It wasn’t overly descriptive with the injections and things, and I’m not the type of girl who faints at the sight of blood…some things make my toes curl. For instance, the thought of literally “swallowing a needle” makes me shiver. When I first read the synopsis, I thought that was slang for drugs or something. Not LITERAL! AHH!
The romance between Saylor and Drew progress at a steady pace. Drew wasn’t introduced in the first chapter, they didn’t look into each other eyes and profess their undying love within two seconds. It was paced out, they got to know each other before making their moves. They were very sweet together, and I thought that the ending concerning these two was EMOTIONAL! But I did like how it ended.
Overall, I enjoyed this book very much. Read it in a day and couldn’t wait to find out what would happen.
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Adriana Ryan is the pen name of writer S.K. Falls.
A huge fan of spooky stuff and shoes, I enjoy alternately hitting up the outlet malls and historic graveyards in Charleston, SC where I live and imbibe coffee. My husband and two small children seem not to mind when I hastily scribble novel lines on stray limbs in the absence of notepads.
Since no writer’s biography is complete without mention of her menagerie of animals, you should know I have one dog that doubles as a footstool, a second that functions as a vacuum cleaner, and a cat that ensures I never forget that my hands are, first and foremost, for pouring cat food.