TITLE: HEARTS DON'T BREAK QUIETLY
GENRE: Contemporary YA
Seventeen-year-old Audrey thinks having a hooker for a mother means her life can’t get any worse. Audrey saw how men treated her mom. Like shit. So, she doesn’t really think they’ll treat her any better.
When Audrey’s mother is murdered, she’s sent to foster care. She is separated from her sisters, and has to go to a new school. And for sure her new foster family won’t let her go out with Zach. Eh. That’s probably better though. She was only going to go out with the creep to piss her mom off anyway.
Then Audrey meets her foster brother Caleb. He makes her feel different—weightless, free—like she’s worthy of love. Somehow, all of her problems melt away when he’s around.
Zach shows up at Audrey’s new school, pissed that she won’t go out with him. When he sees her with Caleb, Zach corners Audrey. A thick vein pulses in his forehead as he makes sure all of her new classmates hear him call her a whore. “Like mother, like daughter,” he yells. Then, in a much lower voice, he adds, “And you know what happened to her.”