Publication: November 6th 2014 by Last Syllable Books
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Melt is a brutal love story, set against the backdrop of The Wizard of Oz. Sixteen year old “good girl” Dorothy just blew into the small town of Highland Park – where the social headquarters is Munchkinland (Dunkin’ Donuts.) There, she meets Joey – a “bad boy” who tells no one about the catastrophic domestic violence he witnesses at home. Can these two lovers survive peer pressure, Joey’s reputation, and his alcoholism? And then there’s his family’s secret – about to be unleashed.
Told in dual first person, Joey’s words are scattered on the page – reflecting his broken state. Dorothy is the voice of reason – until something so shattering happens that she, too, may lose her grip. Can their love endure, or will it melt away?
Melt is based on true events. It is both a chilling tale of abuse, and a timeless romance. It will hit you like a punch in the face, and also seep through the cracks in your soul.
Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore. Like literally.
Melt is no retelling of The Wizard of Oz if you’re ever wondering about a reappearance of the famous ruby slippers. It’s real life we’re talking about here this time. Selene Castrovilla sure knows how to paint a vivid and revelatory image of the cruelties of Real Life Land.
Whatever expectation I had, whatever doubt I had going into this book was immediately shattered after three chapters or so. The first thing that caught my attention was the narration style, particularly Joey’s. His chapters were messy and spontaneous. It reminded me of the narration in Shatter Me and Ellen Hopkins’s books. At first I thought it was too flowery, but as I continued reading, I understood what the author was trying to convey through Joey’s narration.
The book explores a lot of heavy topics like abuse, redemption, and tough love. There were some scenes that downright made me cringe because it was so graphic and raw. It’s like the words were dripping with all of these angry and intense emotions. It was so well-written. If I were to meet Selene right now, I’d clap in front of her for she has written something painfully real and beautiful.
Last thing I want to talk about is the main characters: Dorothy and Joey. I honestly don’t want to say anything about their relationship because I think it’s best if you go in blind, and in that way you get to feel more from them. But I can say that their relationship is one of the best out there in YA.
And with that, I hope I successfully persuaded/convinced you into reading this book when it comes out. For good measure, here’s one of my favourite passages:
I wonder if that tinge of white mixed in midnight is dawn. I wonder if dawn’s there always, inside the night. I wonder if dawn’s tucked somewhere in midnight’s folds, safely stowed until its time to shine.
About the Author.
Selene Castrovilla is an award-winning teen and children’s author who believes that through all trends, humanity remains at the core of literature. She is the author of Saved By the Music and The Girl Next Door, teen novels originally published by WestSide Books and now available digitally through ASD Publishing. Her third children’s book with Calkins Creek Books, Revolutionary Friends, was released in April 2013.
She is also a contributing author to UncommonYA. Selene holds an MFA in creative writing from New School University and a BA in English from New York University. She lives on Long Island with her two sons. Visit her website www.SeleneCastrovilla.com for book excerpts and more information!
One winner will receive a signed ARC of MELT and $25 Amazon or B&N gift card (US/CA only). Three winners will receive an ebook copy (international).
***Any contestant that uses dummy or contest only accounts to enter will be disqualified.***