Will Moore has been Missy Jamison’s best friend for years, and until recently, she hadn’t considered going "there" with him for fear of losing the only relationship she trusts. But senior year is almost over and dating other people hasn’t worked out, not with Missy’s crazy home life constantly pushing her further into Will’s safer world, making her attraction to her BFF more difficult to ignore.
When a forgery incident at school lands Missy under house arrest and banned from spending time with Will, she’s unable to ignore her dysfunctional home life any longer. In a desperate attempt for self-preservation, Missy finds herself back with Will and this time things are different.
But the direct violation of her mother’s edict proves the perfect catalyst to push her pill-popping mother over the edge and Missy’s home life past the point of no return. Now her only chance for normalcy will require Missy to ask herself if staying silent for so many years was truly about protecting herself from her past, or more about protecting a mother who never protected her.
"The author is to be applauded for tackling these issues in such an open and brutally honest manner while creating characters with ambition and a sense of responsibility." - InD'tale Magazine
"Innocent is a fast-paced, emotionally charged love story that I found hard to put down." - Readers Favorite Book Reviews
"I have to say that I am pleased to add a new author to my list of ones to watch for. Although this book is marketed as young adult, I found that there was more depth, rawness and honesty than found in a lot that I have read from this genre." - Twin Spin reviews"
Callie's novel INNOCENT won the Young Adult category for the 2015 Booksellers' Best Award, the 2015 National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award, the 2015 Wisconsin RWA Write Touch Readers' Award, and the YA General category for the 2015 RONE Awards. INNOCENT also went on to final in the Young Adult category of the 2015 Aspen Gold Reader's Choice Awards, the 2015 Book Buyers Best Contest, the 2015 Award of Excellence Contest, the 2015 Maggie Award of Excellence, the 2015 Golden Quill Contest, and the Chatelaine Awards 2014.