When her mom abandoned the family, Evelyn Crayley was left with an alcoholic father, a drug-dealing older brother and the nickname "Evil." Starting fights at school and getting high do little to ebb the rage welling inside. Her brother, Jim, does his best to protect her from their violent father, but Evil still feels helpless, doomed to live the same kind of white trash life she and her family have always known.
That summer everything changes: her father's abuse spurs Evil to run away from home, and her budding romance with Jim's best friend, Dopey, damages her relationship with the brother she depended on. When she is forced to return home again, will Evil's secrets destroy her? Or will she finally learn that the girl in the mirror can take control of her future?
What a wonderful book. The characters are so real and dealing with real life situations that it draws you completely into the story. Although I do not condone drug usage, the take the author does is captivating and realistic. Sadly this is the life of way too many children out there in the world that they live with and through daily. Emily did a wonderful job breathing life into each character to the point that some of them you down right loath, but all the way through you feel the pain of these characters.
The story is told through the eyes if Evil, Jim, and Dopey, a few weeks before the start of summer. Evil's home life is horrendous and she deals with the violence, abuse and hellish life by turning to drugs and alcohol as her coping mechanisms. Despite Jim's best efforts to be the protector, he follows in his families foot steps of violence keeping the cycle going.
There is hope though for this family, and the epilogue does a nice job of summing things up and giving up that glance into Evils' hope.
Disclaimer: I received a free e-copy of this book from Goddess Fish Promotions in exchange for my honest review and opinion.