Tuesday, March 6, 2018

The Secrets We Bury by Stacie Ramey

Paperback320 pages
Published March 1st 2018 by Sourcebooks Fire
ISBN: 1492654205

In an effort to escape his family, Dylan decides to hike the Appalachian trail—but he never expected to run into love.

Dylan Taggart is on the run. His family is trying to put him in a school for psychologically challenged students, and he gets it—he has anger issues. But Believers Charter School is a complete overreaction. So he decides a six-month hike on the Appalachian Trail is the perfect place to hide out until he can legally drop out of school.

Dylan wanted independence, but being alone on the trail is more than he bargained for. Then he meets a mysterious hiker named Sophie, and the two begin to develop a bond he never expected. But will love be enough to escape what they're both running from?

The Secrets We Bury was the first book I have read by this author, and I definitely plan on reading more of her books! This book was an interesting and entertaining book that kept me hooked from the first page. 

One of my favorite things about this book was that it focused on such a serious subject, mental health. The main character, Dylan, was diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder, which is something I have never heard of before. It was really refreshing to see the disorder expressed in such an honest and normalized way. I don't have any personal experience with dealing with mental health, but I felt like the author handled the subject in an honest and accurate way. The author made it easy to relate to Dylan and his mental health and to really understand what he was going through.

Dylan was a really awesome main character. He was just so authentic and honest. He was very aware of the flaws he had, and he wasn't afraid to admit that he had those flaws. I loved how he described what it was like to be misunderstood and how I really understood what he was going through. Dylan grew a lot in this book through the different things he experienced, and I loved going on that journey with him.

The romance in this story was well done and very thoughtful. I really felt the connection between the couple, and I was rooting for them SO HARD. They respected and understood each other so much. I loved how well they fit together. I would read more books just about them!

I also really liked the hiking element of this story. I thought it added such a unique and intriguing plot to the story. I don't know much about serious hiking, but it was clear that the author did a lot of research on the topic or has a lot of personal experience with hiking! I feel like I am an expert hiker now!

Overall, this was a really fun and memorable story. If you are looking for a unique YA contemporary romance, I would recommend checking out this book!

4 / 5 Fangs

*This ebook was given to me in exchange for an honest review. * 

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