I was seven when I swallowed my first needle.
My mom freaked out and rushed me to the emergency room.
She stayed by my side all night.
I never wanted it to end.
When you spend your whole life feeling invisible-when your parents care more about deals and deadlines than they do about you-you find ways of making people take notice. Little things at first. Then bigger. It's scary how fast it grows. Then one day something happens that makes you want to stop. To get better. To be better. And for the first time, you understand what it's like to feel whole, happy . . . loved. For the first time, you love someone back.
For me, that someone was Drew.
Saylor Grayson is obsessed. Obsessed with making herself sick. Ignored by her mother and marginalized by her father, she is sent deal with her problem in therapy. She is soon offered an opportunity that she can’t pass up – to volunteer at the local hospital. Her mind spins with the idea of all of the ways that she can indulge in her compulsion and it’s perfect. Until she meets Andrew Dean...
“When you’re an only child, you spend all your younger years worried that, when you finally go out into the big, bad world, people won’t like you. You haven’t had years and years to practice social cues with a sibling. You haven’t been honing your manners or reactions or whatever the hell it is that keeps humans so well separated from other animals on the totem pole.
Drew attends the TIDD (Terminal Illness and Degenerative Disease) support group at the hospital. All of the members are all young adults suffering with conditions that will eventually end their lives.
What begins as a small misunderstanding snowballs into friendship, love and an understanding that every day is too precious to be lived in the dark.
“This was all happening much too fast. We were poised at the top of a hill, Drew and I, our sleds almost to the tipping point. I knew once we went sailing over the edge that I wouldn’t be able to hold back. I would choose keeping Drew over telling the truth. And so, now, my only choice was to delay the inevitable. My only choice was to hope that the truth about me would come out so Drew wouldn’t get hurt, while simultaneously hoping to hell he’d never find out.”
One Last Song wasn’t an easy book to read. I had to put it down periodically to digest its magnitude. The subject matter is hard and Saylor isn’t always likable – but her journey is epic and life changing. S.K. Falls has created a poignant and poetic homage to the beauty of life and the power of forgiveness - and I will never forget the experience…
About The Author -
2014 IPPY award-winning author S.K. Falls believes a degree in psychology qualifies her to emotionally torture her characters in an authentic fashion. When she isn't writing her twisted love stories, she can be found gallivanting around Charleston, SC with her family.
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