I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Saving Quinton by Jessica Sorensen
Series: Nova #2
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary, Contemporary Women, Fiction, General, Romance
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From the # 1 New York Times bestselling author of Breaking Nova comes a gripping story about what it takes to save the one you love . . .
Nova Reed can't forget him-Quinton Carter, the boy with the honey-brown eyes who made her realize she deserved more than an empty life. His pain was so similar to her own. But Nova has been coming to terms with her past and healing, while Quinton is out there somewhere, sinking deeper. She's determined to find him and help him . . . before it's too late.
Nova has haunted his dreams for nearly a year-but Quinton never thought a sweet, kind person like her would care enough about a person like him. To Quinton, a dark, dangerous life is exactly what he deserves. And Nova has no place in it. But Nova has followed him to Las Vegas, and now he must do whatever it takes to keep her away, to maintain his self-imposed punishment for the unforgivable things he's done. But there's one flaw in his plan: Nova isn't going anywhere . . .
I really enjoyed Breaking Nova, and it ended on such a note of hope for Nova. Saving Quinton picks up almost a year later–a full school year later to be precise–and Nova is in a much better place than she was last summer. She’s finally come to terms with her boyfriend Landon’s suicide a few years earlier, and she’s been drug free for almost a year. Attending support meetings and living with a roommate that has also lost someone to suicide has helped Nova immensely, and she’s in a really good place. But she can’t finish her final project for a class without getting Quinton to sign a release to use the video he’d made during the last summer when they were together, and Nova quickly finds that she can’t easily track down any of the people she was close to. Delilah won’t answer her phone calls and they’ve all seemed to move on from the town they all called home.
Quinton has spiraled deeper into his addiction, using harder drugs to numb the pain from surviving the car accident that killed his girlfriend, cousin, and his cousin’s boyfriend a little over a year earlier. When Nova left Quinton, Delilah, Dylan, and Tristan behind at the music festival right before the new semester started, Quinton was glad that she wasn’t around anymore for him to corrupt–for him to feel guilty by betraying his dead girlfriend with his feelings for Nova. Quinton hasn’t forgotten about Nova, though. He knows that she’s too good for him and that she never belonged in his dark, twisted, and sad world of illegal drugs and even more desperate acts to forget. He’s not the only one who’s deep in the thrall of addiction. Each of the group has succumbed to drugs and the lifestyle while becoming dealers in Las Vegas.
Nova grows increasingly worried that she can’t find Quinton, and when Delilah finally picks up the phone, she confirms that everyone has gone down a dark path–one that makes Nova even more scared for Quinton. She wants to help him, to bring him back from the brink like she didn’t get the chance to do with Landon. She goes to Las Vegas with her roommate, vowing to get Quinton help, but she isn’t prepared for just how bad things really are in the crack house that they live in, or how skinny and malnurished Quinton has become. Nova also doesn’t anticipate that he won’t want her help, and they might not take very kindly to interfering in their crumbling and dangerous lives. Can her patience, her optimism, her ability to keep moving ahead and stay patient finally break through to Quinton and make him realize that his life is worth living?
I give Saving Quinton a four out of five. One person’s rock bottom is much different than another person’s absolute deepest low, and Jessica Sorensen does such a good job showing that Quinton’s is so much deeper than Nova’s was. Ultimately, he’s more broken than Nova was, and it will take a lot more for him to want to be better. This is a dark, gritty, and realistic look at addiction and the desperation that can arise from it. While these things were sometimes uncomfortable to read about, the story was so heartbreaking and hard to stop listening to, I plowed right through this audiobook in a few days.
I listened to the audiobook provided by Hachette Audio
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Since I loved the audiobook for Breaking Nova so much, I jumped at the chance to get my hands on the audio for Saving Quinton. Stephanie Willis and Jed Drummond are back for narration duties, and they deliver a stellar performance. They both do such a great job delivering such heartbreaking and desperate material. I definitely recommend listening to this series!