When Charley decides to make Dylan famous, she never thought about the repercussions that might occur, and how it would affect everyone around her.
Now that she has followed through with the plan, she is unsure of what the future holds. She has to decide what is more important in life: living her dream, speaking the truth, or keeping quiet.
Charley’s life comes full circle when her freshman year comes to an end. Will Dylan be in her past and Cash in her future? Or will Dylan continue to be an eerie constant in her life?
I hear the first whisper as I pick up my bag to exit the locker room. “You know that’s the girl that got Dylan in trouble.” Closing my eyes, I try to force back the tears and control my emotions. They will not get the best of me.
When I walk past them, they stop talking. I stop and look at them and give them a dose of their own medicine. “Yeah, I am that girl. Got anything else you wanna know?” I say with my bag tossed over my shoulder and my arms crossed.
“We didn’t say anything,” one girl states with an eye roll.
“That’s what I thought.” I make my way back to the stands, placing my bag down and walking toward the pool. Tori and Georgia must see the heat rising in my face because they ask me what the hell just happened as soon as I meet them.
“Some Davidson bitches we’re running their traps already. So, I just asked if they had any more questions.”
Georgia laughs. “They are so in for it! Charley’s gonna kick their ass today in the water.”
“Damn right, I am,” I say as I dip my cap into the pool, place it on my head and add my goggles. It’s time to give them another reason to talk about Charley Anne Rice.
Loving Charley tackles some very real issues affecting today’s young women. In this (Full Circle #3) book Charley is a college freshman, trying to regain control of her life. After having her trust violated by a young man she thought loved her, she is working hard to put the past behind her. Her methods are a bit unorthodox, but she believes that she has a plan to reclaim her independence.
After reading No Turning Back and Finding Charley, I saw improvement in Casey’s writing in Loving Charley. Her characters continued to develop and the dialog improved as well. I enjoyed the country music references throughout the series, and learning more about the sport of swimming in which Charley was quite skilled.
While I had a hard time liking Charley, (I felt her to be a self indulged character even though she was a crime victim) I loved how her relationship with Cash came full circle. Cash, in all honesty was my favorite part of all three books. He was the kind of young man I would want my daughter to meet. He was very family oriented, hard working, loyal, with unshakable morals. He was just a lovely young man.
I would have liked to have seen Charley’s character become a voice against underage drinking, Her character had so many opportunities to become a strong role model and a voice against violence against women and perhaps if there is a Full Circle #4, she can become a force to help others recognize the warning signs of abusive relationships, the trappings of date rape drugs, and the importance of reporting sexual abuse immediately.
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Casey Peeler grew up and still lives in North Carolina with her husband and daughter. Her first passion is teaching students with special needs. Over the years, she found her way to relax was in a good book.
After reading Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston her senior year of high school and multiple Nicholas Sparks’ novels, she found a hidden love and appreciation for reading.
Casey is an avid reader, blogger (Hardcover Therapy,) and now author.
Her goal is to one day be an author who is recognized nationwide like Jamie McGuire, Colleen Hoover, Tiffany King, and Amanda Bennett.
When Casey isn’t reading, you can find her listening to country music, spending the day at the lake, being a wife and dance mom, and spending time with friends and family.
Her perfect day consists of water, sand between her toes, a cold beverage, and a great book!