AGAINST THE WALL
by Jill Sorenson
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Fans of Katie McGarry, Simone Elkeles, and Tammara Webber will love Against the Wall! As teenagers, they fell for each other despite the odds. But now that Eric and Meghan are all grown up, they’re reunited by fierce passion and dangerous secrets. Eric Hernandez is the bad boy of every schoolgirl’s fantasies—and every mother’s nightmares. But after serving time for manslaughter, he’s ready to turn his life around. He just needs a chance to prove himself as a professional tattoo artist. The one thing that keeps him going is the memory of the innocent beauty he loved and left behind. Meghan Young’s world isn’t as perfect as it looks. The preacher’s daughter is living a lie, especially now that Eric is back. Tougher, harder, and sexier than ever, he might be the only person she can trust. But there’s no telling what he’ll do to protect her if he learns the truth, and that’s a risk Meghan won’t let him take. And yet, back in the arms of the troubled boy with the artist’s soul, Meghan can’t help surrendering to the man he’s become.
For me, one of Jill Sorenson's greatest strengths as a writer is her ability to take deep dives into her characters. I felt so overwhelmed with these characters and their desperate desires to break a out of cycle of violence. My heart kept breaking for Eric and his attempts to resist his old life - wanting to start fresh but being tempted again and again into his old life. This again reminds me that meritocracy is a myth. The belief that everyone starts at the same place and life and has the exact same opportunities to make choices is simply untrue. Some people are born into circumstances in which choices are more difficult and the price for those same choices are often higher.
The narrative is intense. I wondered how the author was going to resolve the issue with Eric and the gang members. I felt stressed throughout the entire story, especially because the author made the story real. Most of us do not deal with life and death situations everyday, but for some, the quest for survival is a daily battle. I thought Ms. Sorenson brought the story to a satisfying conclusion.
My one critique is that there are left over storylines that peaked my interest. I'm hoping that the author will consider writing additional stories for Junior and Kelsea. Crossing my fingers here.
IN A NUTSHELL:
If you enjoy a social relevant love story with great emotional tension, pick up this book!