Title: Escaping Me
Author: Elizabeth Lee
Series: Escaping #1
Release Date: July 27, 2013
All she wants to do is forget. Forget the memory of walking in on her boyfriend in the middle of, well, another girl. Forget how she had her entire life planned out. And forget about being perfect all the time. Unfortunately, she is Whitney Vandaveer, and despite the fact that she has moved to the middle of nowhere—she can’t.
He’s always known he would never be more than nothing. No job, no money, no future. Cole Pritchett has accepted the fact that he will always be the screw up, and he is okay with it. Until he meets her.
Here’s the thing they quickly find out—sometimes we all need a little help escaping who we think we are.
Escaping Me is the perfect, sweet summer read. Elizabeth Lee writes a satisfying love story between two people from different sides of life. Whitney and Cole’s story is full of all the excitement and beautiful uncertainty that comes with young love. Their limited perceptions of life, love and self-worth unravel throughout this story in a fulfilling and completely authentic way that anyone can relate to, endearing these characters to you immediately.
“The last thing I need is for her to be turned on by the one thing I am trying to change about myself.”
Elizabeth Lee creates Whitney and Cole with a lot of room to grow. From the start it’s obvious that both have a lot of living and learning left to do. Elizabeth expertly navigates her characters through the ups and downs of escaping the pasts they fear will forever define them. Escaping who you’ve been is never easy and Whitney and Cole are no exception. This story is peppered with growing pains and overflowing with genuine emotion. These two also manage to have a lot of fun and get themselves into a little bit of trouble. What’s young love without a walk on the wild side? Elizabeth kept me grinning from start to finish with this book.
“Who else is going to stop you from stealing things and pick your ass up when you pass out?”
I adored the light and hopeful feeling that prevailed amongst the angst and ache of self-discovery. The characters were fun and full of personality. Their definitive voices matured over the course of the story as they did and it kept me connected to them and their personal evolutions. I loved Whitney’s sister Mallory and I’m anxious to get more of her strength and sass. In Escaping Me, Elizabeth Lee delivers a meaningful and empathetic journey filled with characters that are lovable and real. In true EL fashion, Escaping Me is a wonderful story that will undoubtedly root itself in your heart.
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Check out the companion novel:
Finding You (Escaping #2)
Born and raised in the middle of a Midwestern cornfield (not literally, that would be weird), I’ve spent my entire life imagining stories. Stories where the right guy always gets the right girl, first kisses are as magical as they are on the big screen and anything is completely possible if you believe.
Although this journey began years ago, it recently took on a whole new life. After years of devouring hundreds of Romance, YA and New Adult novels, I had an epiphany… I should write a book. And I did it!
If I’m not reading, writing, enjoying drinks with my amazing group of girlfriends or chasing around a sarcastically funny kid, I’m probably watching television shows that were created for teenagers, while my husband teases that I’m too old to watch them.