MELT is a brutal love story, set against the backdrop of The Wizard of Oz. Sixteen year old “good girl” Dorothy just blew into the small town of Highland Park – where the social headquarters is Munchkinland (Dunkin’ Donuts.) There, she meets Joey – a “bad boy” who tells no one about the catastrophic domestic violence he witnesses at home. Can these two lovers survive peer pressure, Joey’s reputation, and his alcoholism? And then there’s his family’s secret – about to be unleashed.
Told in dual first person, Joey’s words are scattered on the page – reflecting his broken state. Dorothy is the voice of reason – until something so shattering happens that she, too, may lose her grip. Can their love endure, or will it melt away?
MELT is based on true events. It is both a chilling tale of abuse, and a timeless romance. It will hit you like a punch in the face, and also seep through the cracks in your soul.
Melt by Selene Castrovilla
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
1.5 stars and a frowny face -> 😦
Is it so wrong to wish for a happy ending?
Dorothy got her happy ending after all. So did the Scarecrow and the rest of her friends. Everyone was in a buoyant mood after the final page of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was turned.
Annoying voice in the back of my mind pipes up: But that was a children’s book. This story was based on some dude’s real life traumatic events.
*pouts* Okay, so maybe NOT the happily ever after I imagined. But maybe a concrete ending where the guy didn’t end up in jail and the girl didn’t commit suicide due to intense depression, yeah?
Annoying voice annoyingly responds: Hmm. Maybe. But the probability that Joey would actually end up okay is pretty much slim to none.
*gasps* How can you say that?! He finally stood up to his dad! Victory is his
Annoying voice: Really?
*in a hopeful voice* Yes! Really! And he and Dorothy will end up together just like in the movies.
Annoying voice: Despite the fact that her parents don’t like him and, after finding out that the guy has been living in an abusive home for the past eighteen years, will probably try to keep the two of them apart?
… Well, yeah?
Annoying voice: Riiight. You’re being too rainbow-and-sunshiney.
After that intense emotional rollercoaster ride that the author had put me through, I thought I’d at least get a nice ending. Or just, you know, a short conclusion. A scene where we at least get a small glimpse into what happened to the characters after all the bullshit that happened. Couldn’t the author have given us that small mercy?
Apparently, no. She was content enough to leave us to our imaginations and conjure up an ending for Joey and Dorothy. (Gah, why do some authors do that?!) I really want to think the best for them but with that angst-ridden ending I just…
Annoying voice: Let’s face it, outlook does not look good for the two of them.
*bangs head against the wall* SHUT UP YOU ANNOYING VOICE, YOU!
Aughhh. I feel so heartbroken.
*An ARC was given to me for free via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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