Release Date: July 29, 2016
Genre: Young Adult
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From New York Times bestselling author Margaret McHeyzer…
I’m the popular girl at school.
The one everyone wants to be friends with.
I have the best boyfriend in the world, who’s on the basketball team. My parents adore me, and I absolutely love them. My sister and I have a great relationship too. I’m a cheerleader, I have a high GPA and I’m liked even by the teachers.
It was a night which promised to be filled with love and fun until…something happened which changed everything.
Dragging myself out of the gymnasium and down the hall, I try and get to the side double-doors. But with no one here to help me, it’s difficult. I need to sit for a moment out on the steps leading to the back field and gather myself.
My legs become heavier as I get to the doors. The cyclone happening inside my head is growing thicker while my vision is so unclear I can barely make out any objects.
Stumbling down the first step, I barely recognize where I am.
“What’s happening?” I think I say.
There’s a cacophony of dense sounds; a combination of white noise, mumbling, and a beat which doesn’t make sense.
My eyes are now so heavy I can barely open them and my legs are completely weighted as I attempt to make my way down the stairs. I think I’m going to pass out.
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Possibly it’s the fact there are 26 letters in the English alphabet, and they can create something so beautiful or so empowering they’re capable to change our lives.
How important is it that we break suit and stretch our minds?
I like to think of myself as ‘unique’. My stories aren’t for everyone, and sometimes I may push what you believe to be ‘normal’.
Normal is subjective.
I prefer to be known as a person who’s never been ‘bound by custom’ but is ‘unique by choice’.
I hope you do read and enjoy my stories.
Sweet Jesus. When I finished Mistrust, I was emotionally spent. Dakota’s story wrecked me. I believe that this is one of those books that you want to give to everyone you know. It should also be mandatory reading for ALL high school parents and students.
Dakota went to prom with her boyfriend of seven months, Levi. And what started out as the perfect evening turned into a night of unspeakable horrors. As I experienced her pain. Her shame. I ached. I wanted this character to be tangible so I could hug her or hold her hand.
As her life as she knows it collapses, the girl she once was all but disappears. Dakota’s story is about her rebuilding the world that surrounds her. Because that one night changed her relationships with her family, her boyfriend and with her friends at school – some for the better and a few for the worse.
During this process, she discovers that she might not actually like who she was and moves forward to being the person she wants to be.
It’s a powerful journey for her. Once I started reading about Dakota’s life, I snuggled into my favorite spot and just gave my heart over to her. The writing is impeccable. I felt every moment of joy, sorrow and hope. It was amazing. This book is a voice for any victim who has ever been to scared to whisper out, I’ve been violated.
Mistrust is an must read recommendation from me. It’s truly an incredible book. You’ll never forget Dakota or her story.