Be My Light
Ari Reavis, author
You have to save yourself… Ebony knows this better than anyone. She’s been trying to pull herself out of the darkness for longer than she cares to admit, but each day only seems to bring her deeper. Her life revolves around her siblings, and getting through the next day. Music is the only thing that affords her an escape, but someone else might prove she isn’t really alone. Sometimes you need a little help… Marcus just might be the light Ebony needs to show her how beautiful life can truly be, if she would just notice him. He knows nothing is ever easy, but it is always worth it in the end. He’s got his own story to tell and she’s the only one he wants to share it with. What would it take to let someone in? Letting Marcus into her world might be the hardest thing Ebony has ever done, and when her past threatens to drag her back under again, will he be able to handle it? Can Ebony win against, what has always seemed like, insurmountable odds?
Reavis tackles family dysfunction, abuse, and more in a no-holds-barred debut that’s a little bit romance, a little bit bildungsroman. Seventeen-year-old Ebony Sealy is a serious student, and even more serious outside the classroom. She ignores fashion for black sweatpants and tunes out the world with ever-present earbuds; her primary interests are binge sleeping and self-inflicted pain. The only thing that keeps her alive is a commitment to protect her younger siblings from their neglectful, abusive mother, who failed to interfere when Ebony’s predatory uncle molested her. Then, as if by magic, a too-good-to-be-true classmate named Marcus shows up on Ebony’s porch, sits next to her on the bus, gets her to share her ear buds, and draws her into a relationship. Both teens and adults willing to read intense, explicit scenes of abuse in a tender romance novel will find Ebony’s story moving and worth their time. (BookLife)