Secret For a Song by S.K. Falls
Saylor Grayson makes herself sick. Literally.
She ate her first needle when she was seven. Now, at nineteen, she’s been kicked out of college for poisoning herself with laxatives. The shrinks call it Munchausen Syndrome. All Saylor knows is that when she’s ill, her normally distant mother pays attention and the doctors and nurses make her feel special.
Then she meets Drew Dean, the leader of a local support group for those with terminal diseases. When he mistakes her for a new member, Saylor knows she should correct him. But she can’t bring herself to, not after she’s welcomed into a new circle of friends. Friends who, like Drew, all have illnesses ready to claim their independence or their lives.
For the first time, Saylor finds out what it feels like to be in love, to have friends who genuinely care about her. But secrets have a way of revealing themselves. What will happen when Saylor’s is out?
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Secret For A Song deals with very tough subject matter and it is certainly not a light hearted book. There are moments near the start where I found it genuinely uncomfortable to read. I briefly wondered if maybe the book was just too much but I continued reading and I am very glad I did. Once the story really gets going it is less of a description of the things Saylor does to make herself ill, and more a tale of hope, friendship and self-discovery.
There is so much depth and emotion in this story; at times there was a few tears in my eyes. The book was immensely moving. The author has dealt with two difficult issues in this book, mental health problems and terminal illness. Combining these two elements made the book amazing and to top it off the story is told through the eyes of a girl who doesn’t see the world like most people.
Saylor is far from perfect. She has lots of issues, the most prominent of which is her Munchausen syndrome, but underneath it all she is a kind, caring person who just wants someone to love her. All the characters in this book are amazing. Even the secondary characters are developed and written in such a way that you really care for them. Drew is such a brilliant character, he is strong in the face of a disease that is slowly stripping away everything and he lives his life to the full. At the same time he also has moments where he lets his worry show and it is incredibly moving.
It didn’t end the way I wanted, but it ended the way it should; it was true to the characters and how they would react to the situation. Secret For A Song is not a fairy tale but the story is still beautiful and it is an amazing read. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to read something deeper and darker than most books. I consider this book a must read and I can’t wait to read more books by this author.
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, this has not affected my opinions or rating in any way*
A huge fan of spooky stuff and shoes, I enjoy alternately hitting up the outlet malls and historic graveyards in Charleston, SC where I live and imbibe coffee. My husband and two small children seem not to mind when I hastily scribble novel lines on stray limbs in the absence of notepads.
Since no writer’s biography is complete without mention of her menagerie of animals, you should know I have one dog that doubles as a footstool, a second that functions as a vacuum cleaner, and a cat that ensures I never forget that my hands are, first and foremost, for pouring cat food.
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