Review eARC: Secret for a Song by S.K. Falls

Secret for a Song by S.K. Falls 

Publish Date: June 3rd, 2013

Series: Standalone

Format: E-book, Paperback
Genre: NA, Contemporary 

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Rating: 3.0 

Book Description:

Saylor Grayson makes herself sick. Literally.

She ate her first needle when she was seven. Now, at nineteen, she’s been kicked out of college for poisoning herself with laxatives. The shrinks call it Munchausen Syndrome. All Saylor knows is that when she’s ill, her normally distant mother pays attention and the doctors and nurses make her feel special.

Then she meets Drew Dean, the leader of a local support group for those with terminal diseases. When he mistakes her for a new member, Saylor knows she should correct him. But she can’t bring herself to, not after she’s welcomed into a new circle of friends. Friends who, like Drew, all have illnesses ready to claim their independence or their lives. 

For the first time, Saylor finds out what it feels like to be in love, to have friends who genuinely care about her. But secrets have a way of revealing themselves. What will happen when Saylor’s is out?

My Review: 

  It is really hard to write a review for this book, because I honestly don't know how to feel about it.  At parts I really liked it, but there were parts were I just wanted to stop reading it. I didn't, because this is one of those books were you just have to know how it is going to end. 

  Saylor is a lonely character. Her family doesn't pay attention to her, she also has no friends, except for her "tools" that she uses to hurt herself. She hurts herself for attention. She wants people to notice her, she likes the way doctors fuss over her when she's in a hospital, she likes the way nurses talk to her. She loves feeling cared for. She is not suicidal, not at all, she doesn't overdue it, she just hurts herself to the point where she is on a edge, just far enough from falling.  She did this since she was seven, can you imagine hurting yourself for twelve years?....Her family knows that she is doing it on purpose. They got her help, therapists and doctors, but Saylor doesn't need an attention of a doctor as much as she needs an attention from her parents. As her therapist helps her to volunteer at a hospital, she accidentally becomes a member of a TIDD, Terminal Illness and Degenerative Disease group. She finally begins to feel like she's belong there.  She meets Drew, a guy with Friedreich Ataxia, who she is starting to like, but he thinks she has Multiple Sclerosis. What will all of her new friends do when they find out the truth about her? What will Drew do? 
   The plot of the story sound really interesting to me, I really like reading books with a little bit of medical/psychological stuff in it. So I thought hmmm...this can be good. The story line was really good, I enjoyed it. I thought it was a nice idea, and a good developed story line. But what I found that I didn't quit enjoyed, were the characters.

  Saylor was just..I don't know how to put her into words, selfish? annoying at times? I mean I get that she has a Munchausen Syndrome, but I just didn't like the way she acted with her parents, but I kind of got why, towards the end of the story. But still, I felt really bad towards her mother. Also Saylor was just plain to me, like I hated how she barely talked to people, I don't get why people might actually like her, or better yet fall for her....and that leads to another thing...The relationship between Saylor and Drew, I honestly didn't feel/believe one bit of it. Maybe it was just to fast, and "love" didn't developed enough, because I didn't feel their connection. But on the other hand I liked Drew, he was pretty cool, especially looking at what he was going through. I liked him, and his friends, they were awesome characters. 

   Overall, I enjoyed the plot, and some characters, but on the other hand the main character was plain to me, and the main romance of the story was really bad developed and felt fake. There weren't that many twists, only one that was unpredictable. I would say to give this book a shot, some people might like it more than me. 



  1. Hmmm I think the concept behind this one is super intriguing and unique, but it also depends on the delivery. It sounds as though you liked it, but I always have trouble getting into a book if I'm not a huge fan of the main character. Great review!

    -Taylor @ Reading is the Thing

  2. :( This sounds like it could be good, but with a mediocre main characters and a not developed romance, I might end up feeling kind of "meh" about it in the end. Secret for a Song feels like something I would enjoy for some chapters... but find myself grinding my teeth in frustration the next... Thanks for the review! I will be hesitant around this book... but might pick it up at some time or another



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