Author: Ava Harrison
Genre: Coming of Age
Release Date: April 7, 2017
His intense touch on my body.It should have ended there.
But he’s not a stranger.
KFF’s 5 STAR REVIEW
Reviewed by Emma-Louise on behalf of KFF
If somebody were to ask me to sum up this book in one sentence, I would simply say this: “It’s a beautiful and exhilarating train wreck”.
I’ll be honest up front; I’ve never been keen on this kind of taboo . . . a student and teacher dynamic? Just never did it for me, and I am so happy Illicit was the book I chose as a taster.
Lynn and Carson’s story was thought provoking and tumultuous. So many highs and lows, it kind of reminded me of a rollercoaster.
I was grabbed at the prologue, so full of promise and despair. I was thrust into their story and just couldn’t get enough.
I’ve stopped wishing for extraordinary. I’ve stopped wishing for that one moment so profound it will change everything. I know it will never happen, so there’s no point in dreaming.
But like all things in life, extraordinary happens when you least expect it, and in the blink of an eye, everything can change.
Lynn meets Carson one evening on a secluded beach, running from her phenomenally deluded ex-boyfriend and his cheating ways. Lynn flees from the party and seeks solitude by the waves, only she meets the devastatingly handsome Carson and they share a love of constellations.
“I guess it’s because it makes something beautiful from chaos. Two points in the sky. Two stars otherwise not connected. Then an imaginary line connects them and everything makes sense”.
After a near perfect night with Carson, Lynn leaves believing she’ll never again set eyes on him again. That is until she starts senior year at Cranbrook Prep, and walks into AP World History and her world stops. Carson Blake is her teacher.
This story has more lows then high and in parts I truly felt as if Lynn and Carson truly brought the worst out in each other. But with the lows, highs are soon to follow; they fight with every fibre of their being to stay away from each other. But it was just not meant to be. They step on to the tilt-a-whirl of life and soon discover that everything comes with a price.
“The only sound I hear is breathing.
Both Lynn and Carson are driven by an almost primal need to protect the other, doing almost anything to keep them safe. They make each other weak, but they also make each other strong.
“I’m Artemis. I’m strong. I have gone to battle and lived through it. Whatever happens, I will be okay.”
This story isn’t just about Lynn and Carson; it’s about family and it’s about realising what is truly important in life. But most importantly, to me, Illicit is about taking all the broken parts of you and rebuilding them into something different, some better, but ultimately something stronger.