Kindle Edition, 300 pagesPublished: February 18th 2014
Review Copy: Provided by Author
Purchase: Amazon -- B&N
Book Description From Goodreads:
The last person seventeen-year-old Eleanor Livingston wants to see on the elevator—let alone get stuck with—is her ex-boyfriend Travis, the guy she's been avoiding for five months.
Plagued with the belief that when she speaks the truth, bad things happen, Elly hasn’t told Trav anything. Not why she broke up with him and cut off all contact. Not what happened the day her father returned from his deployment to Afghanistan. And certainly not that she misses him and still thinks about him everyday.
But with nowhere to hide and Travis so close it hurts, Elly’s worried she won’t be able to contain her secrets for long. She’s terrified of finally revealing the truth, because she can’t bear to watch a tragedy befall the boy she still loves.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I enjoy novels told in verse, so I was excited when I learned that Elana’s latest release would be just that.
The story begins with Elly returning to her building having purchased a salad. We learn that something has happened, something that makes her feel as though she is undeserving of pity. We also find out that she’s avoided for the elevator for some time, though we’re not told why until later. But when Elly is forced to take the elevators since the stairs are closed, and she finds herself having to face Travis, who she has gone out of her way to avoid, we learn that he is somehow involved in everything that has happened.
What I loved most about ELEVATED was that things were constantly revealed as the story went on. We weren’t told everything right up front. We learn what happened between Elly and Travis as the story moves forward, and why she avoids elevators, and why she feels as though she doesn’t deserve pity for what happened to Honesty and her father. And it all manages to come together in the end.
ELEVATED is a wonderful, emotional read that I’d definitely recommend. Although the ending left me wanting a bit more, I found myself really enjoying how the story unfolded.
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