Friday, October 18, 2013
Friday Feature: Spiralling Out of Control by Michelle Evans (Review)
Temptation, depression, seduction, betrayal... Not what Stephanie was expecting at fifteen years of age. Uprooted from her happy, all-girl high school life with a dream filled future and thrown into an unfriendly co-ed school, Stephanie spirals into depression.
When charismatic high school senior, Jason notices her, Stephanie jumps in feet first and willingly puts all her faith and trust in him, a boy she barely knows.
Every choice she makes and turn she takes leads her towards a dangerous path.
Her best friend is never far away and ready to catch her … but will she push Tabbie too far away when she needs her most?
First, I really like the cover. I love the look on the girl's face, and I love the font for the title. I think it really suits the story well. I admit, I didn't know this was a Christian book before I agreed to read it. I'm only mentioning it because if you don't like those books, this isn't for you. There's a definite Christian message that comes through. Stephanie falls fast in this book. She falls for Jason, and even though she thinks she wants to wait for marriage to have sex, after one kiss with Jason, she's already thinking about sleeping with him. I admit I thought that happened fast. I would've liked to see a more gradual progression to their relationship, especially since he's the one who ends up dragging her down.
Stephanie makes one bad choice after another, and I wasn't sure how I felt about that. I wanted to root for her, but I found it hard to at times. I never used drugs, so I couldn't really relate to that part of the story, but that's just me. Having said that, the book is meant to be about a girl who is spiraling out of control, and Evans definitely portrays that well. Stephanie's story gets bleak, and her troubles compound until her life truly is out of control.
This is really a tough book for me to review because it's not my typical read, but if you can appreciate a realistic look at what happens when teens get wrapped up in drugs and sex, then this is the book for you.