When eight emotionally traumatized teens are reluctantly thrown into group therapy together, nobody wants to spill the inner most secrets that brought them there. Their counselor pairs them up in a buddy system, causing them turn from dangerous vices to lean on each other, and they discover strength in their shared pain.
Kelly Foster's always been reserved and shy, so when she's sent to group therapy and is assigned to be Gage Miller's 'backup buddy', she thinks she's gotten a raw deal. As she digs deeper beneath his tough surface, she realizes there's much more to him than meets the eye—and she just might like what she sees…
Blatantly sarcastic and rough around the edges, Gage is only in group therapy so he doesn't go to jail. But he isn't your average bad boy—he's a single father desperately trying to shed his sordid past to forge a better future for his daughter. And he's definitely not thrilled to be paired up with Kelly, the preppy snob. Surprisingly, she finds a place in his cold heart, even though he'd never admit it. When he finally learns the heartbreaking secret that landed her in group therapy, will it bring them together or drive them apart?
When I read the premise I was figured the book was going to be all about Kelly and Gage, but in fact it shows sides of more people than just those two.
The book revolves around a group of teens in therapy for various reasons, I found these reasons both realistic and interesting. I wont give anything away but some of the reasons are: A shooting in a school, an abusive father, an abortion and others.
The characters mesh well, even the consular has her own reasons for helping the kids. Every personality is different and adds too the book. I liked them all and I felt for everyone of them. I just wish we got to know even more of the characters lives. Hopefully this will be remedied in the next book. Speaking of the next book, wow! The ending to Opposites Attract was a real cliffhanger, not a bad one but one that makes you want to read the sequel and I defiantly will.
For a real fiction teen book, there is not a whole bunch of grittiness to it, yes there are teen issues (some that make you want to applaud the person some that you want to smack them for) but its not extremely raw or hard-edged. However, it is a good read and I look forward to continuing the characters story.