Twelve Months of Awkward Moments
by Lisa Acerbo
My rating: 5 stars
Publisher: Torrid Books (August 30, 2018)
Publication Date: August 30, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Page Count: 234
Dani can’t wait for senior year at college. A straight-A scholar whose anxiety is a daily struggle, being awkward, introverted, and studious has become a way of life. She vows this year will be different. It’s time to move beyond her comfort zone, but that’s not easy.
Dani’s wild roommate and handsome best friend hate each other; her crazy family won’t leave her alone; and a new job forces her to be social. Unfortunately, when college romance finally calls, Dani is unable to answer thanks to a stalker who has her all tied up.
Can she stay alive long enough to find love and graduate?
Twelve Months of Awkward Moments by Lisa Acerbo
Looking for THAT read that will move your emotions, test your grit and open your eyes to a struggle that millions face on a daily basis? Lisa Acerbo’s TWELVE MONTHS OF AWKWARD MOMENTS is that book. This is NOT a gentle walk in the park, it is the story of one woman’s struggle to re-enter the human race, to function and find a sense of inner peace that will allow her to know more than awkward moments in life.
Dani was the “Good Girl.” She was the studious one, an introvert, the last person who should have a stalker. Dani also suffers from anxiety attacks, socially crippling. Lacking any real support from her dysfunctional family, she fails in relationships and over worries the “right way” to find the right partner and keep them. Her goal is to be “normal.” But what is normal? Her life is one awkward moment after another. Her internal pain is brutal.
Told through Dani’s eyes and mind, each page is taut, the tension is razor sharp and we are seeing life as she does. We hear her thoughts, her reactions, her “knowing” she is unable to see life as less awkward. Throughout, we hear about Jace, her last boyfriend and her best friend Kyle, who is her rock, who sees more in her than others. We also meet her best girlfriend, Tanya, who is Dani’s opposite, who encourages her to take chances, to date, to learn to enjoy life, not analyze each moment for flaws.
Certainly not light reading, it is definitely gripping as we watch Dani try to navigate a world that she doesn’t fit into. Then we watch as her torment is heightened by a stalker…and she journals every day, so we see firsthand what Dani feels, how she struggles to step out of her comfort zone, but can she or will an unknown evil thwart her every attempt?
Lisa Acerbo has nailed the “human” side of storytelling with depth, emotion and a feeling that Dani could be someone we know or saw on the street and we never knew she was struggling so hard. Highly recommended reading from a very gifted author.
I received a complimentary ARC edition from Lisa Acerbo!