The Replacement by Rachael Wade
Series: The Replacement #1
Published by Rabbit Hole Press on January 23, 2014
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*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.
The Replacement is one of those books you read, where you keep shouting out ‘NO’ and the character pays no attention to you! Let me tell you the driver of this train wreck has their foot firmly on the accelerator. And a collision is inevitable…
OK, I need to get this out of the way early, the story is based on cheating, this isn’t normally a trigger for me but I know that it can be for others. Where the cheating was different, was that the light is being shone on Elise and her lack of self-worth rather than the disregard she has for relationships, hers or others.
‘Having relationships is a risky, exhausting business. Especially when you are Elise Duchamp.’
Elise’s life is intense, she refuses to commit to anyone, pushes them away when they try to cross the line that takes her control away. A child of a dysfunctional family, a well to do one that on the surface appeared fine but behind closed doors, it was a very different story.
“We all have a past, Elise. Sometimes we don’t like where the road takes us; sometimes it leads us exactly where we need to be.”
Elise has made decisions based on the negative messages she has been constantly fed by her parents. Her mother thought that she was helping her but all Elise saw was a woman who had no respect for herself. The lengths Elise took to not fall into the same mindset as her mother, finds Elise being the dark to her mother’s perceived light. She is so sure that what she is doing is wrong but right for her.
‘Lover, fighter, cageless bird. An unwavering force.’
Why did I enjoy such a dismal sounding story? Well throughout, Elise is constantly surrounded by people that care for her but she’s not always aware of this or believes that it will make any difference. Her victims are for the better part either ignoring her or oblivious to her existence, with the biggest victim being Elise In my opinion. Living blatantly without a care that everyone knows who she is and what she does and determined to hide whom she is. She’s a wounded bird that fights on with indifference to her troubles and for that I constantly hoped for a better life for her. Opportunities do present themselves but time and time again, her choices tend to be cold rather than dark.
The warmth in the story comes from Jay, Natalie, Ryder and to some extent her Mother and Brad. I found comfort in the fact that she was surrounded by this warmth. This book was free at the time I read it.
What I enjoyed
- Her strength
- Natalie’s stance
- Jay’s unconditional love
- Ryder’s belief in her
- The suggested playlist with this book!
What I struggled with:
- Her father
- The choices she made
Rating: 4 Stars
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