Friday, August 29, 2014

✯Review✯ HOLLOW by Ava Conway


Synopsis
Girl, Interrupted meet Beautiful Disaster in this thrilling and sexy debut novel, in which a college student learns her perfect life is a lie and finds new love where she least expects it—a mental institution.

Freaks, misfits, and psychopaths. Those are the kinds of people found at Newton Heights Psychiatric Hospital, and high-society girl Lucy White’s new home.

Freaks, misfits, and Jayden McCray. Jayden has his own set of rules for life at Newton Heights, and in this enigma, Lucy finds a way to live with the events that left her cheating boyfriend and best friend dead—and Lucy in the middle of the investigation into their demise.

The problem? Jayden makes her want things she’s not supposed to have, blurring the lines between fantasy and reality and making Lucy feel more at home in Newton Heights than she ever did at home. But this isn’t how her life is supposed to be…

Or is it?


4 Stars
The synopsis for Hollow completely intrigued me, and I was super excited to begin reading this book. It sounded very different from what I was used to. The story and relationship that built between the two main characters, Lucy and Jayden, was adorable. What made it so unique was that they met while in a mental hospital, yet neither were what you would envision of a typical patient in these places. They were normal people who just happened to have some horrible events happen in their lives which ultimately led them to the time which they spend in Newton Heights. 

Lucy is the daughter of high society parents who seem to care more abut themselves and their animal rights than in raising a daughter properly. Everything she has been doing in life has been what her parents pushed her towards, not what she has wanted for herself. After some heartbreaking events took place at the frat party she was at, Lucy found herself the main suspect in an investigation into the deaths of her boyfriend and best friend. Suicidal, scared, and feeling more alone than ever, her mother (who is a real winner in the mother category….NOT) and her lawyer feel it would be in her best interest (or rather the best interest of the mothers social status) for Lucy to be admitted into Newton Heights Psychiatric Hospital. It was here where she met Jayden. He taught her how to bend the rules without actually breaking them, and how to enjoy life even in the cruddiest of situations. The two of them had an undeniable connection from the start, but Lucy kept trying to fight it. They each had a past that they did not want to share with the other, but without learning about each others pasts, they would not be able to move forward with their futures. 

When Lucy learns some deep things about her past, it is Jayden who is there to help her pick up the pieces and face the past instead of running. Lucy finds herself forming unexpected friendships with the other patients, and the more the story evolves, the more Lucy evolves into her own person instead of her mothers pawn. 

Hollow is a story of love, loss, and finding oneself amiss the turbulence and sadness that life can throw your way. It's about battling the darkness instead of giving in to it, and finding the light in that darkness so that you can pull yourself out instead of getting lost to it. It's a story about hope and overcoming one's internal demons. The supporting characters were fantastic, and I grew to love the majority of them almost as much as I loved Lucy and Jayden. 

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