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Children/Young Adult; General Fiction (including literary and historical); (Publish)

In MELT by Selene Castrovilla, sixteen-year-old “good girl” Dorothy just blew into the small town of Highland Park, where the social headquarters is Munchkinland (Dunkin’ Donuts). Smart, perceptive and sensitive, she’s bored by her cliquey classmates. Then, she meets Joey, a “bad boy” who tells no one about the catastrophic domestic violence he witnesses at home. Joey numbs himself with a combination of drugs and alcohol, terrified of letting his secrets out or anyone else in. But everything changes when he meets Dorothy. For the first time, she makes him feel. Can their love survive peer pressure, Joey’s reputation, and his devastating family secret? MELT is written in dual first person, with Joey's words scattered on the page to reflect his broken state, and Dorothy’s orderly thoughts acting as the voice of reason – until something so shattering happens that she, too, may lose her grip. Set against the metaphorical backdrop of The Wizard of Oz, MELT is based on true events. A brutal love story, MELT is both a chilling tale of abuse and a timeless romance. It will hit you like a punch in the face, and seep into your soul.
Cheryl Rainfield, award-winning author of SCARS and STAINED.

“Melt is evocative, emotional, vivid, and powerful. Beautiful, painful, and ultimately healing, Melt is a gripping read that will make you feel and care about the characters.”

Eve’s Fan Garden

“Melt...reminded me of why I love to read. My heart was literally pounding...I couldn’t put it down.”

Lady Reader’s Bookstuff

“MELT was one of the most powerful, stunning books I’ve read all year...Castrovilla sets MELT against a Wizard of Oz backdrop and the L. Frank Baum passages offer a unique insight into the plot of MELT

 The plot was incredibly real, raw, and painful. Castrovilla takes on many different subjects, such as abuse, addiction, and first love. Despite the heavy subject matter, this novel reads extremely quickly and is amazingly well-written. 

If you are a fan of realistic, contemporary fiction, this novel should be a MUST READ. Bravo to Selene Castrovilla on writing one of the best books of 2014.”

The Quirky Reader

“It was so well-written. If I were to meet Selene right now, I’d clap in front of her for she has written something painfully real and beautiful.”