The Damned by Jennifer Snyder is Cole and Emory’ story and a companion novel to The Unloved. I didn’t realizes when I picked it up to read, and although it can be read as standalone. I just I can’t read books out of order, so I did put this on hold while I read The Unloved first.
“Silence is the most powerful cry”
Cole Porter doesn’t have the best home life; to be honest, its shitty lets just say his mother is never to win the Mother of the Year Award anytime soon. He can’t wait for the day when he turns 18 and can leave. However, when a situation arises with his mother, he has no choice pack up and move on to a new town where he meets Emory Montgomery.
“Emory Montgomery had captured my attention in ways I didn’t understand”
From the outside, Emory Montgomery life looks perfect, but looks can be deceiving. Being perfect and trying to conform to what others expected is hard to keep up something that Emory starts to discover. When she meets Cole, there is something about him; they are drawn to each other one broken soul to another.
“Maybe that was what I sensed in him, what seemed to captivate me about him most…his sense of brokenness. I realised then that it match my own”
We had drifted toward each other as if pulled by an invisible magnetic strength I couldn’t figure out, but I was utterly thankful for it because she was the only positive constant in my life."
I enjoyed the storyline; it's told from dual points of view. I won’t say too much about it, but it was an emotional read at times, and my heart went out to Cole and Emory. They act like they are strong, but at the same time there is a vulnerability about them. They were from different worlds, but they are two broken souls with issues that have developed unhealthy habits to cope with what is and has happened to them.
“Our eyes had only locked for the briefest of moments, but somehow I knew this about her. I knew that she was in pain, just like me”
I felt that Jennifer Snyder deals with two serious issues sensitively that I’m sure some readers will relate too. Their issues are not sugarcoated, and I was rooting for them both, together and individually. Hoping that they could survive, and overcome their situation and the obstacles that they both faced.
“We’re dammed if we do talk about the things we’ve been through, the things we’ve done to ourselves, and dammed if we don’t. There is no in between, no right or wrong it just is”
I do think that had the story been longer we could have had little more details of the overcoming process, but that being said I still enjoyed the story. I felt it was well written, and like the way it ended for Cole and Emory so happy for them both. I couldn’t help swap the last page with a big smile on my face.
I recommend this book if you’re a fan mature YA and NA books.
The Unloved a companion novel to The Dammed
Jennifer Snyder lives in North Carolina were she spends most of her time writing New Adult and Young Adult Fiction, reading, and struggling to stay on top of housework. She is a tea lover with an obsession for Post-it notes and smooth writing pens. Jennifer lives with her husband and two children, who endure listening to songs that spur inspiration on repeat and tolerate her love for all paranormal, teenage-targeted TV shows.
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