Rainey Royal by Dylan Landis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This beautifully written adult novel is dark, so don't be fooled by the pretty pink cover. Rainey is a young teenager who unfortunately is growing up in Greenwich Village in the 1970's in a dysfunctional house. Her parents are free thinkers and free lovers, and there are always students coming in and out of their house and their bedrooms. And that includes Rainey's. She's been abused for years by a live-in friend of her dad's and no one seems to care. Even a rape by a student is brushed aside by her dad because Rainey invited the boy into her room and talked to him on her bed. She's surrounded by sex, and it's confusing the hell out of her. It doesn't help that she's drop dead gorgeous and uses her sexuality to get anything she wants from so-called friends and teachers.
Poor, poor Rainey. Her world is so shallow and damaged.
I would have loved this book in high school--there is sex and flirting and cussing and adult situations throughout. It's like a Go Ask Alice book but about sex instead of drugs. It's a dark, dark world that Landis has created, but I had to keep reading to see what happened to Rainey. Great example of what I call New Adult--it's perfect for older teens and 20-somethings.
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