Today we are excited to be the stop for Shelf Life‘s blog tour, organized by Good Choice Reading Tours. Shelf Life by Stephanie Lawton is a new adult contemporary book that was released December 3, 2013.
About the Book
Title: Shelf Life
Author: Stephanie Lawton
Genre: NA, Contemporary
Pub Date: 12.3.13
*Mature situations and sexual content – recommended for ages 17+*
It’s impossible to focus on college biology when your family believes doomsday is imminent and the government is out to get you.
All Pete Wilson’s ever wanted is to become a veterinarian, but those dreams are going up in flames. Commuting to an urban college and helping his parents with their apocalyptic prepper crap is more than he can handle.
Worse, Pete’s asshole neighbor is stirring up trouble, his family’s stockpile has been destroyed and farm animals are turning up dead.
Lindsey Linger is the tomboy sister of his best friend. Now a sexy spitfire, she and Pete are liable to set the barn ablaze as their romance finally heats up. But she’s hiding a terrible secret, and rural life isn’t all bonfires and hayloft romps. That becomes clear one icy winter night when the survival of everyone Pete loves hangs in the balance.
Can Pete be the hero they need, or will this be the end of the world as he knows it?
I think this is the time I should share something awkward from my past. My mom was one of those people who had a closet of stuff packed away in case Y2K happened. I now realize most of my younger readers probably don’t even understand that reference, but there it is. I remember buying stuff and not being able to eat it because it had to go in storage. It’s probably now why I feel like I accomplish something when I clear the cabinets out. Anyways, that was the main reason I chose to be on this tour. Reading the synopsis, I had an instant connection with Pete.
I’d never heard of Stephanie Lawton’s books. I didn’t know what I was getting myself into. This book bowled me over. IN a good way. It was nothing like I was expecting it to be. It was SO much more. Yeah, his family has a bunker and they are prepping for doomsday, but with the Walking Dead, the popularity of dystopian novels, and reality tv shows teaching you to survive in the wild, that part was the least intense of this book. Except maybe when they did the drills. Drills like “let’s pretend the world has come to an end and we are going to practice our game plan.” Obviously, it is incredibly smart, IF such a thing happens, but it left me a little bug-eyed for sure.
I have to warn you this book goes there. Like Degrassi in the early 2000’s, Lawton is not afraid to make some bold choices. I had this face O_O a lot. A LOT.
I also felt like an adult, especially in the beginning of the book. Even though I’m 29 and married and a mom, I still tend to relate to the protags in my books. I remember what it was like to be that age, and really, some days I don’t feel like I’ve gotten that far from those feelings. But these kids… they were making some kid choices. And I couldn’t stop YELLING at them to just not do that. It made me feel old. And sad, because they had some terrible things to go through.
Going through this story with Pete was one of the more unique experiences I’ve had with a male POV. It was gritty and raw, nothing like Beautiful Creatures or many other similar guy-led books. Pete grew right before our eyes.
And Jay, the bully of the book. The boy is seriously messed up and even understanding his back story, I still had no sympathy for him. I wanted to pummel the guy Buffy Summers style. Basically, he was working his way up to serial killer status AND he needs a sex offender status.
Most of all, THIS is the type of NA I want to be reading. You’ve got quote unquote normal people, dealing with tough issues, growing from them. Yes there is some sex and yes there is some romance, but it isn’t the point of the book. There is so much more to be said and understood here. Even though the issues are disturbing at times, there is a lot of value to what was said.
About the Author
Always a misfit, Stephanie Lawton writes twisted romance that tugs the heart strings then punches you in the gut.She has a tendency to psychoanalyze people, which comes in handy when creating character profiles. She has a fascination with teacher-student relationships, bullies, psychics, doomsday preppers and larger-than-life characters.Making readers squirm is her greatest pleasure.Proceed with caution.
Connect with Stephanie
$20 Amazon Giftcard
3 E-book copies of Want by Stephanie Lawton
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