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on January 27, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
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Also by this author: The Prisoner
*Contains sexually explicit content and mature subject matter, including language and elements of abuse.*
A gritty New Adult drama about a young woman’s self-destructive quest to find purpose, self-worth, and love in a broken world.
My name is Elise Duchamp. I’m twenty-three years old and I’m known as the town whore.
No, not the kind who exchanges sexual favors for money. The other kind. The kind who gives it all away for free, whenever and however she likes. I am that girl. The one everyone whispers about and the one none of the girls seem to like, because all of their boyfriends either want to sleep with me or already have. Promiscuity is my thing—the kind that slowly, violently turns my insides black, but gives me something I need.
All things considered, I’m not completely reckless. I’m safe, and contrary to popular opinion, I do have a heart. I live in a world of careless choices, and with those choices come careless people. I cannot judge them, because I am one of them. I too bow down to the altar of the self-serving. I am not a good friend. I am not and never could be anyone’s girlfriend. I’m convinced any goodness in me shriveled up and died long ago.
But I am a replacement. That is something I know how to be, and this is a story of the lengths I’d go to in order to keep it that way.
My heart broke so many times for Elise. She’s a girl that has been given the impression that she’s only as good as she looks. She can’t seem to get over the supposed fact that she can only ever get attention for her body.
There are quite a few sex scenes, and Elise is at the center of all of them. It’s insane that she only sees happiness when she’s in the throws of passion. Elise doesn’t know how to be loved, and doesn’t think she deserves it. It takes on certain someone to show her otherwise.
I didn’t care for Elise’s actions. I don’t understand why she would choose to be the “other.” She’s worth so much more than that, and can’t see it. She doesn’t want to end up like her family, and does these things because that’s all she thinks she’ll amount to.
The Replacement is very much a story of breaking all of your own beliefs, and learning that you do deserve love. Just because you come from a broken family doesn’t mean you’ll always be broken. You can overcome the hurtful things that have been drilled into your head, and said about you, and won’t always be a replacement.
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