A few months ago, I wrote a blogpost about one of my favorite fanfiction stories ever; Dusty. And now, this amazing story (or at least the first part of it) has finally been published for real under the name of Innocents. Mary Elizabeth and Sarah Elizabeth have finally released their monster upon the world! And of course I had to buy my own copy to see how much of the original Dusty had remained.
What is this story about?
The girl with an innocent heart knows all about bad choices, but has yet to make them for herself. Searching for freedom, she finds it in the delinquent down the hall.
The troublemaker with summer-sky blue eyes knows he should stay away, but can’t resist the blissful wonder who makes his house a home.
She’s a hopeless romantic. He’s just hopeless.
She’s his reason, but he might not catch her when she falls.
She loves him. He loves her crazy.
This is what happens when a love made of secrets is kept with rules instead of promises.
My rating? 5/5
What I thought of it?
I know I have already written down my opinion on this story a few months ago, but now that it’s officially published, I felt the need to go over it again so I can convince you all that this book should be high on your to read list.
First of all, I’m so, so, so relieved that the story hasn’t changed. That was what frightened me most because it was perfect as it was. It’s a real story. With real people and events that actually happen to people that age, as sad as it may seem. It’s confronting and heart-shattering, but it’s real. In this book, the bad boy is actually a bad boy. He isn’t a stranger to drugs, violence, lying and cheating. So if you’re looking for a sappy, sweet love story, this isn’t what you’re looking for.
The only big change that has been made, is that the story has been split into two books, so you haven’t read the entire story yet if you’ve finished this one.
What I love most of all about this book, is definitely the way it’s written. It’s like floating on air, going with the stream. It’s simple, yet so poetic. The Elizabeths sure have a way with words. I already found the fanfic story to be a piece of art, but this book beats it all. Now that it’s polished off and actually published, it’s even better than before. It grips you from the first page and you won’t be able to let the story go, even after you’ve finished it.
Secondly, the characters are so well-thought out. There isn’t a single one out of place and they all contribute to the story in their own way. I loved (love) every single one of them. But when it comes to Dusty himself, I once again had this love-hate relationship. You want him so badly to just stop being the asshole he is, but you know that he can’t because it’s been his reality for so long. He’s not bad at heart, but he’s just so swallowed up in his fucked-upness. And while sometimes I really wondered – once again – why Leighlee still bothered with him, I just knew that’s not how love works. She loves him, flaws and all. And he loves her, even though he’s well aware that she’s too good for him.
Either way, this first book in the series is still somewhat gentle because it only covers the younger years of their lives. It’s basically the baby brother of what I expect “Delinquents” to be (if the second part is the same as in the “original” story of course). And I can’t wait for October to read the rest of this story. You can be sure you’ll be able to read all about it here as well!
Until next time,
With love, Ellen