Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 480 pages
Publisher: Simon Pulse; Reprint edition (December 7, 2010)
Love can be a dangerous thing....
Hanna simply wants to be loved. With a head plagued by hallucinations, a medicine cabinet full of pills, and a closet stuffed with frilly, violet dresses, Hanna's tired of being the outcast, the weird girl, the freak. So she runs away to Portero, Texas in search of a new home.
But Portero is a stranger town than Hanna expects. As she tries to make a place for herself, she discovers dark secrets that would terrify any normal soul. Good thing for Hanna, she's far from normal. As this crazy girl meets an even crazier town, only two things are certain: Anything can happen and no one is safe.
I think this might by the most messed up book I have ever read, but I LOVED it! I have never met a character like Hannah, totally crazy but focused. I really liked the fact that Hannah was crazy, I don't think she would have been able to handle Portero if she weren't. I also really liked Rosealee who had just as many issues as her daughter. Watching the relationship change between Rosealee and Hannah was nice, and Hannah's never ending attempt to win over, or help Rosealee even though she wasn't always nice to Hannah was kind of heart warming. Wyatt to me was yet another awesome character, torn between duty and personal feelings our poor tortured hero. He balances Hannah well and is a great addition to the overall story. Now let me say the town of Portero is one messed up place. I don't think I could live in a town were walking to the mailbox could be the last thing you do! Flying leeches also aren't a selling point for me! But it was a great place to read about. I read Dia Reeves FAQ and she says she doesn't do sequals which dissappoints me a little because I would love to revisit Hannah, but while not a sequel she did write another book set in Portero which I can't wait to start. I give this one 5 stars!