Based on true events, MELT is both a chilling tale of abuse, and a timeless romance. MELT will hit you like a punch in the face, and also seep through the cracks in your soul.
MELT is a brutal love story set against the metaphorical backdrop of The Wizard of Oz (not a retelling). When sixteen year old Dorothy moves to the small town of Highland Park, she meets, and falls for Joey – a “bad boy” who tells no one about the catastrophic domestic violence he witnesses at home. Can these two lovers survive peer pressure, Joey’s reputation, and his alcoholism?
Told in dual first person, Joey’s words are scattered on the page – reflecting his broken state. Dorothy is the voice of reason – until something so shattering happens that she, too, may lose her grip. Can their love endure, or will it melt away?
I don’t think I would have picked this book up if I saw it on the shelf, based on the cover. It seems like it trying very hard to draw parallels to The Wizard of Oz, but other than the quotes, and the main character’s name, I didn’t really see it. I tore through this book in one sitting, because I wanted to know what was going to happen with Joey. I groaned when it ended, because so many things could have happened! That’s not a bad thing though. I like how the story is told from both points of view, and you can see how different they are, especially since the characters are so different. I didn’t like how they fell in super instalove, and both felt something special and amazing and all before they even talked to each other. At first I thought (because of the Oz thing) there was going to be some magical component and they were connected because of this, but that isn’t the case. I still don’t understand the Wizard of Oz being in the book, other than the author was apparently reading it at the time she was told the true story behind the book. IDK. Joey though, poor Joey. His story is heartbreaking, and I love the writing style she used to portray his thoughts. Other than their pretty ridiculous love at first sight, Dorothy and Joey aren’t really the story in this book. The story in this book is Joey’s home life and how his dad (a police officer) is an alcoholic, and a mean one at that. It is about the abuse that goes on behind closed doors. It is about turning to drugs and alcohol to cope. It is about not standing up for someone because you are afraid. It is about family. I got this book for free from Netgalley for review.
PS: How do you feel about dual points of view? I think it can be awesome when done well.