Published by: Macmillan on June 7, 2016
Genre: Abuse, Contemporary, Drama, Romance
Source: BookExpo America
At fifteen, Amanda Grace was abducted on her way home from school. 738 days later, she escaped. Her 20/20 interview is what everyone remembers—Amanda describing the room where she was kept, the torn poster of TV heartthrob Chase Henry on the wall. It reminded her of home and gave her the strength to keep fighting.
Now, years later, Amanda is struggling to live normally. Her friends have gone on to college, while she battles PTSD. She’s not getting any better, and she fears that if something doesn’t change soon she never will.
Six years ago, Chase Henry defied astronomical odds, won a coveted role on a new TV show, and was elevated to super-stardom. With it, came drugs, alcohol, arrests, and crazy spending sprees. Now he's sober and a Hollywood pariah, washed up at twenty-four.
To revamp his image, Chase’s publicist comes up with a plan: surprise Amanda Grace with the chance to meet her hero, followed by a visit to the set of Chase’s new movie. The meeting is a disaster, but out of mutual desperation, Amanda and Chase strike a deal. What starts as a simple arrangement, though, rapidly becomes more complicated when they realize they need each other in more ways than one. But when the past resurfaces in a new threat, will they stand together or fall apart?
738 Days is the kind of book that rips your world apart and slowly tries to put the pieces back together. Kind of like The Sea of Tranquility. In hindsight, it TOTALLY has that same vibe and the power to completely own you.
Here’s what I said about The Sea of Tranquility and I would apply every word of this to 738 Days:
This book left me in a complete daze. I almost don’t know how to start this review, because how do you possibly put something like this into words? The Sea of Tranquility has so much emotion, devastation, power, helplessness, and an odd sense of hope.
738 Days was tragic and hopeful at the same time.
The two characters—Amanda and Chase—were so different but so beautifully perfect for each other. They had different lives and different issues, but were able to help each other get through them. God it was so wonderful! ♥
Amanda went through so much pain and although her family wants to help her through it, you can also see that they’re ready for her to move on. But Amanda can’t just “move on” from what happened to her.
You will fall so in love with Amanda and Chase—it’s not even funny. I loved how 738 Days had a wonderful romance, but there was still so much personal growth. The romance didn’t take over everything. The focus was definitely on overcoming the worst part of their lives and figuring out how to move forward. The romance didn’t get in the way of that.
This was the first book I read from BookExpo America 2016 and it did not disappoint in the slightest. ♥
Okay so I watched the movie ‘Room’ recently and loved it (Brie Larson is amazing!) so this book seems intriguing. I’m putting it on my reading list. I’m just now getting around to reading Eleanor and Park! I’m so late to the party!