New YA Book – MELT by Selene Castrovilla


Melt is a brutal love story, set against the backdrop of The Wizard of Oz. Sixteen year old “good girl” Dorothy just blew into the small town of Highland Park – where the social headquarters is Munchkinland (Dunkin’ Donuts.) There, she meets 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? And then there’s his family’s secret – about to be unleashed.

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?

Melt is based on true events. It is both a chilling tale of abuse, and a timeless romance. It will hit you like a punch in the face, and also seep through the cracks in your soul.

I had the pleasure of reading this book by Selene Castrovilla not knowing what I was getting into and it took me for a loop. This contemporary romance is told by dual protagonists and partially in a poetic, rhythmic form. At first I didn’t like reading it this way, I wanted straight prose. However it grew on me and by the midpoint I was addicted, needing to know what would happen. I read the book in a couple hours time because I didn’t want to have to wait to see where Joey and Dorothy were going to end up.

Was it the best book I’ve ever read? No. But was it entertaining and kept my attention? Yes. Absolutely. I have mixed feelings regarding the content but at the same time I understand its relevance. I do recommend this book, as I said, it was a unique and anticipating read. I was on the edge of my seat with curled toes through most of it. I’d love to read another book by this author to see what she has in store for us next.

Melt will be released August 5, 2014.

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About the author:

Selene Castrovilla is an award-winning teen and children’s author who believes that through all trends, humanity remains at the core of literature. She is the author of Saved By the Music and The Girl Next Door, teen novels originally published by WestSide Books and now available digitally through ASD Publishing. Her third children’s book with Calkins Creek Books, Revolutionary Friends, was released in April 2013. She is also a contributing author to UncommonYA. Selene holds an MFA in creative writing from New School University and a BA in English from New York University. She lives on Long Island with her two sons. Visit her website for book excerpts and more information!



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