For Mackenzie Green life is full of regrets; regrets from choices she made in the past, regrets for the things she’ll never see in her future. She regrets letting her grades slip while her sister was in rehab, ensuring she’ll never break away from the rumor-run, small town she lives in. She regrets breaking up with her future All American football playing boyfriend, Brayden Turner out of fear of getting hurt. Most of all she regrets every decision she made leading up to the night that changed her life forever.
It’s only after Brayden cuts her off completely that Mackenzie realizes how much she wants him in her life. She’s learns that losing what you love breaks you, but sometimes it’s the only way to tap into your inner strength.
Can Mackenzie find the courage to learn from her mistakes and move forward or will she spend her days consumed with regrets? Is it too late to convince Brayden she wants him in her life and that she’s in it for the long haul? Most of all, can she accept that sometimes bad things happen no matter how hard you try to protect yourself from them? Can she put it all behind her or will she live an unfulfilled life full of regrets?
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4 Star Review by Lisa Kane
Braden is the hot jock in high school who seems to have it all-good family, great sports career ahead of him, smoking looks, tons of friends. Mackenzie “Kenzie” has a family that is struggling to keep its head above water. Her sister Jessica was involved with a real creep, got hooked on drugs and did some disgusting things to feed her habit. Overdosing just imploded any harmony left that this family held on to.
While Jessica is doing her best to come back from all of that, her relationship with Kenzie is fragile at best. They were never close, so how do you mend something that isn’t so much broken as non-existent? Their parents are overly and understandably cautious of Jessica’s every move. Money is tight and Kenzie’s dreams of leaving this judgmental town are squashed. Meanwhile she and Braden are closer than they have ever been. She doesn’t understand why someone like Braden would be attracted to her. But he has wanted her since the first time he saw her. She was dating another football player (they hadn’t been intimate yet) and he wanted her for himself. When they broke up, he swooped in and they have been together ever since.
All is not smooth with them though, Kenzie is insecure. She knows Braden is leaving for the college of his choice where he has a football scholarship waiting for him. How can a long distance relationship work?
So she pushes him away before he can break up with her. Stupid? Yes, but understandable. Braden is devastated and makes her promise to at least go with him to his Homecoming dance. She agrees.
Things between them get out of hand physically and even thought their bodies know they belong together; Kenzie’s mind takes over once again. But this time she is left with a reminder of their time together that she isn’t sure she wants.
But is it too late? She pushed Braden away so many times, that he forced himself to move on to someone else (how I hated Alana!) These parts of the story hurt, and made me feel sick that he was with someone else. But love can overcome all things right? This story is full of angst and heartbreak and redemption. It is a very sweet read.
Danielle Sibarium, YA and NA author, grew up in Brooklyn, New York. Throughout her childhood she transported herself into a fantasy world full of magic and wonder. Books were the gateway between her play world and reality. On any given summer afternoon she became Snow White sweeping and cooking for the dwarfs or Cinderella waiting for the prince.
In 2004, Danielle won Honorable Mention in the Southern Heat contest. In 2007, she collaborated with Charlotte Doreen Small to write songs for her CD More. Danielle wrote the lyrics for Take My Hand and Goodbye, while Charlotte contributed the melody.
Danielle graduated from Farleigh Dickinson University with honors and currently resides in New Jersey with her husband and three children.
In October 2011, Danielle’s debut novel For Always was released. She has since released The Heart Waves Trilogy, Heart Waves, Breaking Waves, and Waves of Love, as well as To My Hero: A Blog of Our Journey Together, Into You, and Regret Me Not.