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



 
Dysfunctional and beautiful; this thought-provoking novel will have you roped in from the first line...
 
 
Author: S.K. Falls
Source: Galley from Publisher
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Release Date: June 3rd, 2013
 
 
A little bit about "Secret for a Song"...
 
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:
 
Secret for a Song was in two words; tragically beautiful. I can't even imagine how I would feel if I were Saylor. She goes through so much, and even though she is the one putting herself in danger each time she "makes herself" ill, it's because she just wants someone to notice her, particularly her Mother.
S. K. Falls wrote effortlessly and elegantly that I felt Saylor was real, like right there telling me her story, like she could've been sitting right ahead of me. It's partly because the novel was written so well that I developed an emotional connection with the characters and that played a huge part in connecting with the story itself. For a start, Saylor is smart, realistic and just wants attention--but for the right reasons--that her Mother usually distances herself from Saylor and that's why she has some issues with wanting to be noticed. But when she meets Drew, this all seems to ease like ice melting on a warm day. Drew is funny, out-there and loveable. There was this pure delight of a connection between Saylor and Drew that made this novel a whole lot more sweeter, though the ending and throughout their romance could've been seen as bittersweet.
"I was falling for this scared, lonely, broken, brave man who sang songs about secrets."  - Saylor
The ending was heartbreaking and reminded me solely of The Fault in our Stars.  I mean, the whole story reminded me of the book, but in a good way, because that book is a *classic* and favourite of mine. Throughout, I had some issues with Saylor. Maybe not entirely about her illness but with the things she said about people who were sick and that she would love to be them, that it was some kind of luxury to be ill. But I reminded myself that this was her condition and that more or less, it was developing into her Mother's fault that she even had these issues.
The novel was deep, complex and made me think in a good way. There were tearful moments and times of joy, but overall, Secret for a Song was a powerful, bittersweet novel that I adored the whole way through.
A big 5 stars for the incredible writing that S. K. Falls did!

 
Many thanks to the Publishers and S. K. Falls for a copy of this gorgeous book!
happy reading,
xo Becca

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