Love Punked (Release Date: July 21st, 2018)
When her life is irrevocably altered by a post-Rave tryst on her mother’s floral patio recliner, Erin Roberts’ long-standing relationship with Humiliation takes her down a path that’s not so much ‘less well trodden’, more ‘perilous descent down sheer cliffs’.
Armed with a fierce devotion to her best friend and the unrequited love for the boy she might have accidentally married at age seven, when Erin falls pregnant at sixteen, life veers off at a most unexpected tangent.
Her journey to adulthood is far from ordinary as Erin learns that protecting the hearts of those most precious to you isn’t balm enough when your Love Punked heart is as sore as your freshly tattooed arse.
Whilst raising football prodigies and trying not to get stuck in lifts with Social Work clients who hate her, Erin discovers that sometimes you have to circumnavigate the globe to find the very thing that was there all along.
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As if teens don’t have enough to deal with growing up, what with school, puberty, peer pressure and the like, but adding sex to the mix usually makes it that much more complicated. Now imagine if your first time resulted in an unwanted pregnancy?
Well, our protagonist in this story decides to go through with it and discovers a life she never anticipated and yet she is determined to make it the best life she can and she takes readers along for the ride.
Despite the obvious teenaged themes, I would say Love Punked is for mature readers. There is strong language, sex, alcohol, and drugs, so be warned. But now that I have done my due diligence, I can tell you the good stuff.
I was totally enthralled with Erin’s story. It was funny, realistic, and I’m sure many of us can relate to some of the situations she finds herself in. I will say that it was a bit on the long side but I still found myself unable to put it down.
All in all, a very enjoyable read that I recommend for lovers of mature YA and Contemporary Fiction.