From Goodreads: Life can get pretty complicated for any seventeen-year-old girl, but for a home-schooled telepathic black girl trying to survive in a prestigious private school in small-town Jonesborough, Tennessee, it can be maddening – especially when her telepathic father keeps eavesdropping on her thoughts!
Jaycie Lerner’s family isn’t the usual mom-dad-kid setup. Jaycie’s mom’s MIA, but Allison, her personal live-in ‘trainer,’ is more than a mom, with her own special abilities, like being able to lift cars and run incredibly fast. And Jaycie’s godfather John is more than persuasive – he can literally convince anyone to do anything.
As far as the rest of the world’s concerned, Jaycie’s on the outside looking in. The townsfolk love Jaycie’s pediatrician father, but she doesn’t fit in with ‘normal’ kids, and she doesn’t really want to. Most of her free time is spent training to keep her telekinetic and telepathic powers under control. But there’s one thing she can’t control – and that’s her feelings, especially when her best friend Matt is nearby. If only he knew what she was truly capable of…
Everything seems to be status quo for Jaycie until she receives a cryptic message from a stranger and meets a very unusual girl new to Jonesborough. Then all hell breaks loose!
Larry has created a fascinating story line with many interesting characters, making this novel a quick read for those interested in the paranormal. Jaycie, intent on being a normal teenager, struggles due to her telepathic abilities that could ultimately destroy her if she isn’t careful, making it extremely difficult to have a romantic relations, or any relationship for that matter, as her emotions can easily get the better of her and cause objects around her to begin moving.
I liked the concept of this novel a lot, especially as it’s similar to one of my favorite TV shows, Heroes. Jaycie’s family is extraordinary and looking to find and help others like themselves. So when Haylee arrives on the scene with a talent of her own and a dark past, the Lerner’s do everything in their power to help her. I really enjoyed the novel up to a point, but I must admit that I think Jaycie and Haylee become a tad bit jaded as the story continues, causing them to enact revenge in a most atrocious manner—one that was hard for me to stomach. As the main character’s disposition began to change, I personally found myself liking them less and less, though by the conclusion they were working themselves back into my good graces. I think I just wasn’t expecting the twists and turns within the novel, including Haylee’s dark past, but the more I think about it, the more it makes sense in terms of this coming-of-age storyline. Three stars.
I received a copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.