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“The Girl On The Half Shell” by Susan Ward
Summary: People think Chrissie Parker has a picture-perfect life. She leads an opulent lifestyle in Santa Barbara, her father, Jack, is a beloved music icon from the sixties, and she possesses a wealth of musical talent that will certainly lead to a promising future. But behind the façade, everything is far from perfect.
When Chrissie journeys from Santa Barbara to New York City for an audition at Juilliard, romance is the last thing on her mind. She never anticipated encountering British Superstar Alan Manzone, a musician fresh out of Rehab, tormented by his own weakness and troubled past. Alan’s life is everything Chrissie’s is not; exciting, glitzy, and an all-out train wreck.
Chrissie is soon consumed by Alan’s shocking pursuit of her, his dark secrets, and his desires. Determined to save Alan from himself, is it possible Alan, this beautiful and brilliant musician, is really rescuing Chrissie from her artfully concealed secret addiction that even her best friend is unaware of?
Swept away in a passion she is unable to resist, Chrissie is forced to choose between her life in California and Alan’s love for her. Can two lost people find a love meant to last a life time in only three weeks?
It’s been a hot minute since a book has made me feel such a plethora of emotions. There were times in this book that were so emotionally painful it made my own heart ache. The Girl On The Half Shell is gripping, edgy and deeply emotional. As the story begins, you find yourself drawn into Chrissie Parker’s world of snotty rich kids in wealthy Santa Barbara. Immediately you get a sense of how Chrissie, who sees herself as pristine, feels out of her element, like she doesn’t quite fit in, but not the way you might think. That is where Ward does an excellent job of making you feel like the story will go one way but then takes a completely different turn, leaving you feeling like — “what the hell just happened.” One night changes everything for Chrissie – ENTER Alan Manzone, Rock God extraordinaire. She is broken, and he is broken. This is a typical theme in a lot of contemporary romance books, but again this is where Susan Ward masterfully turns the table on the reader making the storyline “Atypical.” Alan is able to draw Chrisse out of her shell… and she is able to break down his walls as well… Together they open up to each other and stamp out the demons that haunt their everyday lives, including dealing with painful and personal struggles such as drug abuse and self harm. I cannot tell you how much I loved this book, because it was so much more than I ever expected… and it leaves you wanting more. Ward does an amazing job capturing the intensity of a first love — trust me you will feel it. The ending had me reeling, and I want more.
My favorite character was Linda Rowan. She was brash, sass and full of life–I LOVED her!! I want to be friends with someone like her.
Susan Ward’s storytelling is beautiful, engaging and passionate. I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading a lot more from the Author.