Friday, November 14, 2014

Review: Two Blue Lines by S.C. Montgomery

Two Blue Lines by S.C. Montgomery
Published: October 23, 2014 by SC Montgomery
His fear . . . Her secrets . . . Their choice.

What if the only girl you’ve ever loved lied to you?
Lied to everyone?
Those two blue lines changed everything for Reed Young and Melissa Summers. In more ways than one.
And now, he must decide for himself . . .
Man up or walk away?

SC Montgomery has created an emotional tale of first love, difficult choices, and impossible secrets. A deliciously angsty debut you need to read for yourself.

***Reader Warning*** Two Blue Lines is the emotional, honest story of two teenagers whose lives are about to change forever. While not glorified, or portrayed in detail, there are themes of sexual assault and teen pregnancy, as well as allusions to teenage drinking and some foul language. It is all meant to create an honest, relevant novel, but please be aware and read only if you’re comfortable.

***Note, while this novel is a standalone that deals with mature subject matter, it may be helpful to read Lines in the Sand first to understand what makes Reed Young tick and hear about the summer that changed his life forever. Well, before this one. 
My Thoughts
Three years after Lines in the Sand, we get to fall into Reed’s story once again on a fateful day he constantly refers to as The Great Disappointment. That is when he and his girlfriend of three years, Melissa Summers, find out that at the young age of sixteen, they are now pregnant.

From the beginning of Two Blue Lines, Reed has no choice in how they will deal with the pregnancy because Melissa insists on keeping the baby. Her feelings are deep seeded due to the fact that she never knew her real birth mother and being adopted left her scarred in ways she finds difficult to resolve. As these two young teenagers face the consequence of their circumstance, you immediate see the impact it will have on their lives.

This story was truly well written. I’ve read a few teen pregnancy books in the past, but I have to give S.C. Montgomery a huge applause for handling this subject matter so expertly! Her character development and plot twists were well developed. The story never slowed down for Reed and Melissa and I was completely captivated by them the entire time.

I have to say how much I really came to adore Reed. Despite seeing his dreams of being an engineer slip through his fingers, he handled himself very well. I appreciated the sacrifices he made almost immediately and his unwavering love and loyalty to Melissa.

Where in no way does this book glorify teen pregnancy, it definitely paints a realistic picture of the costs and sacrifices involved. I enjoyed this book from beginning to end and would love to have read an epilogue of maybe a year later. Well done!
4 Snowflakes

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