A Note from the Author: 

For the longest time, I resisted this story. I thought it was too much, and in a lot of ways, it is for some people. But everything you read in these pages is true. Whether it be from conversations with people I love and respect or something I read in a newspaper article, Stephanie's story is lifted from so many real-life situations. What's important to know: above all, this is a story of hope. Beauty can come and overwhelm us at any moment. And story can absolutely change the world. The question then becomes: will we let stories change us?



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Stephanie fights reality every day. The voices inside, the ones declaring her worth, deem her broken, used and dirty. She is an object. A toy. Something to be tossed aside when bored. Who will believe her if she whispers the truth about her wrecking ball of a family? Eventually, her secret explodes and the person who means the most to her knows just how shattered she is and why she's so afraid. But rescue is closer than she realizes. Hidden in plain sight, her horror hasn’t been ignored by everyone. Racing against the truth of what she faces, forces are joining together and developing a plan to free her from the hell in her own backyard. And while she’s at her lowest point, she’s hit with the beauty of love at any cost - redemption in the face of ruin. Will it be enough? 

*Warning: Contains mature content that may not be suitable for younger audiences*

What Others Are Saying

This is easily one of my top 10 books for 2013.This is easily one of my top 10 books for 2013.This is easily one of my top 10 books for 2013. 
- Colleen from Books, Books, Books
Gritty without being pornographic, well written and visceral. 
- Jana Boardman
Stephanie is one of the most believable, relatable characters I have had the pleasure of encountering in a long time. And I want more of her story. 
- Shelby Lin
One of the most powerful books I read all year....5 gut-wrenching stars! 
- Sassy Savvy Fabulous Book Blog