At fifteen, Amanda Grace was abducted on her way home from school. 738 days later, she escaped. Her 20/20 interview is what everyone remembers—Amanda describing the room where she was kept, the torn poster of TV heartthrob Chase Henry on the wall. It reminded her of home and gave her the strength to keep fighting.
Now, years later, Amanda is struggling to live normally. Her friends have gone on to college, while she battles PTSD. She’s not getting any better, and she fears that if something doesn’t change soon she never will.
Six years ago, Chase Henry defied astronomical odds, won a coveted role on a new TV show, and was elevated to super-stardom. With it, came drugs, alcohol, arrests, and crazy spending sprees. Now he’s sober and a Hollywood pariah, washed up at twenty-four.
To revamp his image, Chase’s publicist comes up with a plan: surprise Amanda Grace with the chance to meet her hero, followed by a visit to the set of Chase’s new movie. The meeting is a disaster, but out of mutual desperation, Amanda and Chase strike a deal. What starts as a simple arrangement, though, rapidly becomes more complicated when they realize they need each other in more ways than one. But when the past resurfaces in a new threat, will they stand together or fall apart?
There are two ways to read a book when you are loving it: you can either devour it in a single sitting or you can take your sweet time because you don’t want to book to end. I chose the latter when it came to 738 Days. I quickly attached to these characters and their story but wanted the story to last forever so I took my time.
738 Days is intense. Amanda is broken at the start of the story. In swoops Chase who is dreamy and has already “saved” her once. Turns out Amanda doesn’t need the saving Chase thinks, she just needs someone to help push her out of her comfort zone. I found the two of them together to be perfect. They both gave each other the patience and compassion they needed to be themselves.
The topic of 738 Days is not the easiest to tackle but Kade did a wonderful job. The story was never too dark or too light, Kade wrote on the fine line between the two and it worked perfectly. The opening of the book is dark (and possibly triggering for people) but the actual story takes place two years after the events. The book is on the longer side for a NA/romance but the pacing is so spot on that it never dragged or felt long. I actually finished wishing the book was long (because I am selfish and wanted more Chase and Amanda).
738 Days straddles many lines when it comes to genre (in my opinion). Amanda missed a chunk of her teenage years because of the incident and then there’s spent time recovering; because of this Amanda comes off young and naive at times even though she is 20. This book does contain sexual content but I think this would be appropriate for an upper YA reader. This is marketed as a New Adult (which is spot on!) but it also very appealing to adult and romance readers. Honestly, I think there are very few people this couldn’t appeal to!
738 Days is one of the best books I’ve read this year and I highly recommend picking this up if you need some something swoony or are looking for a captivating story (with awesome storytelling).
ABOUT STACEY KADE:
She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, Greg, and two retired racing greyhounds, SheWearsThePants (Pansy) and Shutter. When she’s not reading or writing, you’ll likely find her parked in front of the television catching up on her favorite shows (Scandal, The Vampire Diaries, Almost Human, The Walking Dead, and Sherlock, among others.)
Stacey is the author of the The Ghost and the Goth trilogy (THE GHOST AND THE GOTH, QUEEN OF THE DEAD, and BODY & SOUL) and The Project Paper Doll Series (THE RULES and THE HUNT). You can find her (far too often) on Facebook and Twitter as well as http://www.staceykade.com
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