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“Some things we cannot fix,” he repeats. “At least not on our own.” “You’re not on your own,” I whisper. ➽───────────────❥ There are two things Sarah is looking forward to in her senior year of high school - the cooking program she advocated for and graduating. She had a dream to follow - helping her famous parents run their renowned food truck business. Sarah is left home alone for long periods at a time. She navigates her insecurities, loneliness, and deals with a childhood bully by spending lots of time in the kitchen perfecting her recipes. Then there is the new boy in school, Zander, who changes everything. Having lost his mother and carrying the weight of his alcoholic and abusive father’s burdens, he struggles to find his place in the world. While bonding over a love for movies and working on a school project, Sarah and Zander find themselves falling for each other. But will their love be powerful enough to conquer their individual fears?
Ariel Matthews enjoys escaping into the worlds and adventures of her favorite books, but she can’t escape her past no matter how hard she tries to push it from her mind. Haunted by a traumatic event, Ariel struggles to find peace from her memories of what happened. When Axel Stone walks into the small coffee shop where she works, her world is changed forever, and she begins to believe that happiness might be possible. But neither one of them is ready for the devastation that ensues when both of their pasts come back with a vengeance.
"Molly's book is relatable, relevant, and appropriate for every audience. Sarah Jones only wants to graduate high school with a smooth and uneventful senior year. Minus the bullying she experiences from an old friend, she anticipates it to be much like every other year. Until Zander Mills shows up. This book takes you right back to high school: the friends, the insecurities, the drama, the boys - all of it. It was a good read and I devoured it in one sitting. I am so looking forward to more of Molly's work. She's one to keep an eye on!" -Marti Statler, Founder of Rebel Queen
“Molly Kendall's narrative wears its heart on its sleeve and will no doubt prove engaging for young adult readers. Her characters are written with great understanding and subtlety and the story has an enormous power to capture the minds and hearts of youth." Timothy Moran, Director of A Promise of Light
"This book is a coming-of-age and finding-your-tribe story that deals with some things many of us face but that is not often talked about – being bullied, how it affects us as a teenager, and what can help us move past it to find our inner strength. This is a story worth reading, for those who faced and still face similar situations to Sarah and Zander, and everyone else. I certainly wish this book had been out there when I was a teenager!" -Nathalie Kemp, reader.
"It is a truly romantic high school sweetheart love story. It gives a vivid picture that true love still exists. I couldn't put the book down once I started reading it. I love the author's style of writing, and the need to find out more. You can't just read a few pages." -Tia Long, reader.
"The Secret Ingredient to Falling in Love is a perfect blend of comedy and romance. The banter between the characters will have you rolling on the floor. You'll get hooked on the story from the very first page. If I would have to describe this book in three words then it would be Funny, Beautiful, and Amazing." -Rabiya Rehan, reader.
When I picked up this book, it was out of pure curiosity. I expected to find something sweet, perhaps engaging. But I certainly did not expect to read something quite so profound and important. I believe everyone needs to read this book, for it is raw and honest, exploring themes few books are brave enough to dare. It portrays darkness without remorse but somehow manages to remain beautiful and uplifting. Saving Ariel is a book this generation needs… desperately. -Morgan G. Farris, Author of The Promised One, The Chalam Færytales series.
Saving Ariel by Molly Kendall is a dynamic page-turner full of romance, mystery, and friendship. But really, it's more than that. This book shows readers that growth and healing doesn't happen all at once, and it's okay that it doesn't. If you're looking for a book that's more than just a 'good read,' look no further!" -Shyann Gossert, author of The Challenge
Saving Ariel is a sweet YA romance intertwined with a thrilling story of suspense and resilience. It tackles themes of love and overcoming trauma with a lighthearted love story balanced with a heartbreaking past." -Jessica Weibley, author of Would You Like a Hug?
What I thought was going to be a cute story about a girl who works in a coffee shop turned into an incredibly fierce and authentic narrative of trauma and deleterious love. Comprised of the aching truth, it envelops how not all stories are perfect and jubilant. There is darkness and hurt in our world that somebody needs to talk about. Saving Ariel captures this darkness beautifully in such a compelling way that you won’t want to put it down. -Eryn Pine, reader.
Saving Ariel masterfully portrays the emotional journey taken by a traumatized young woman. Her powerful story addresses real issues faced by women and gives a voice to those who cannot speak loudly enough to be heard. -Jay Harnish, reader.
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