A Brand New Ending by S.A. Rolls
Release date: April 9, 2013
My rating: 4 stars
After a failed suicide attempt, Phoenix is sent to be observed at a local psychiatric hospital. There she meets Braeden Harris, a hospital aide with his own haunting past.
Not long after their first encounter, they feel an unexplainable pull towards one another. Will fate bring them together, or will outside forces tear them apart?
I was blown away by this book. It definitely isn’t like other books out there. Phoenix hasn’t had it easy losing her father and having to go live with her mother and her mother’s abusive husband. She hits rock bottom and attempts suicide. This suicide attempt ended up saving her life in more ways than one.
I liked the fact that about half of this book took place in the hospital. Her stay there after her suicide attempt wasn’t sugar coated. Her friendship with Braeden is inevitable. They seem to connect on a different level because of their life experiences.
The real test is once she is out of the hospital and has to begin her life again. Alone. No parents. Her struggles and pain are evident and relatable.
The only thing that I was really missing in this book was some one-on-one time with her doctors while in the hospital. I think this book would have hit a lot harder, emotionally, if we could have experienced some of her therapy sessions. We would have gotten some better insight to what was going on in her head a little better. Because we didn’t truly get to know the characters, the connection between her and Braeden seemed a little forced and rushed.