Sunday, July 21, 2013

I HEART YA: Book Spotlight + Sneak Peek: Straightjacket by Meredith Towbin

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Synopsis: Eighteen-year-old Anna has lived her whole life in shame, losing herself in books to cope with crippling panic attacks triggered by her abusive parents. Forced into a psychiatric hospital, she can’t imagine a future that’s anything but bleak—until she meets Caleb, a gifted, 19-year-old artist who insists he’s an angel.

He swears his mission is to help Anna break free from her parents’ control and fulfill a destiny that she can only dream of. The doctors, however, are convinced that Caleb is delusional.

Anna doesn’t want to be that girl who’s in love with the crazy guy, but when she sees his stunning portraits of her and the way he risks everything to keep her safe, she can’t help but imagine a new future for both of them, filled with hope. But just when it seems they’ve created heaven on earth, Caleb’s past emerges full force, threatening to destroy their tiny, blissful world. And Anna has to decide if she should follow her heart, or if Caleb’s really as troubled as his doctors say . . .


Caleb took a seat at the table and let his head fall forward into his waiting hands. His fingers weaved through his hair, which had grown long over the weeks, and their pads gripped his scalp on either side. He thought about the space in between his hands. It was skin, bone, membranes, neurons. And it wasn’t working right, not anymore. Maybe the medication was making everything in between his hands slowly disappear. Maybe that’s how it was curing him, taking away everything that made him himself and replacing it with nothingness. He was too tired and terrified to think about it, and it was just confusing him. The idea of it lingered, though, and soon he was crying. The thought of there being nothing, of disappearing, was too much. He didn’t know how he could live like this any longer. He was doing it for Anna’s sake, ignoring the fact that she’d become close to miserable herself, but he couldn’t leave her alone. This was the way it had to be.


The pain made it take longer than usual to strip down to his boxers. Eventually Caleb got back into bed, hoping to get some sleep. It was difficult to find a comfortable position, his bruised ribs sending him a shooting pain with even the slightest shift of his body. Even so, he wasn’t tired and lay there with his eyes wide open, staring at the glowing numbers on his clock. He couldn’t stop thinking about Samuel and what he’d said. He was lonely and miserable and hated this place. Anna was the only person who could see past the disease they’d labeled him with and see him for who he was.

Samuel was right.

He’d fallen in love with her.

He couldn’t explain to himself how it had happened so quickly or why; he just knew that he felt it, and he didn’t want that feeling to stop. Samuel told him he was just supposed to walk away from her.

That wasn’t an option.

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