Kelley York's Hushed is an emotionally powerful and absolutely beautiful read. Even though I said that I have a love-hate relationship with the book, I lean more towards the love part of it.
Eighteen-year-old Archer couldn't protect his best friend, Vivian, from what happened when they were kids, so he's never stopped trying to protect her from everything else. It doesn't matter that Vivian only uses him when hopping from one toxic relationship to another-Archer is always there, waiting to be noticed.Then along comes Evan, the only person who's ever cared about Archer without a single string attached. The harder he falls for Evan, the more Archer sees Vivian for the manipulative hot-mess she really is.But Viv has her hooks in deep, and when she finds out about the murders Archer's committed and his relationship with Evan, she threatens to turn him in if she doesn't get what she wants... And what she wants is Evan's death, and for Archer to forfeit his last chance at redemption.
Favourite quotes from Hushed:
There were some really beautiful lines in the book that I am jotting down here!
~What was he without her? What was she without him?
~He wanted to reach out and grab hold of whatever this was between them. This feeling he couldn't put a name to that his mind whispered of desperately.
~"No, I'm asking you to choose between slowly killing yourself, and someone who loves you."- Evan
~He was the monster. No one would miss him. Wasn't he just as unworthy of life as the people whose lives he'd taken?
~Alone had to be better than this. Terrifying, but better.
~"Everyone's had shit in their lives. Some people have it worse than others. But no one can turn you into a bad person, just like no one can turn you into a good one. We're all dealt our hands in life, and how we choose to react is entirely up to us. That's free will."- Evan
Evan has said some of the most beautiful lines!
The last quote about free will is my favourite.