22 minutes separate Julia Vann’s before and after.
Before: Julia had a twin brother, a boyfriend, and a best friend.
After: She has a new identity, a new hometown, and memories of those twenty-two minutes that refuse to come into focus. At least, that’s what she tells the police.
Now that she’s Lucy Black, she’s able to begin again. She’s even getting used to the empty bedroom where her brother should be. And her fresh start has attracted the attention of one of the hottest guys in school, a boy who will do anything to protect her. But when someone much more dangerous also takes notice, Lucy’s forced to confront the dark secrets she thought were safely left behind.
One thing is clear: The damage done can never be erased. It’s only just beginning. . . .
MY JAW HIT THE FLOOR BECAUSE OF THIS BOOK!!!
I haven’t read as much suspense/thriller YA books but almost all of them managed to make me gasp in shock, this one in particular. Damage Done is very interesting and unpredictable most of the time, because there were times where I suspected the truth but since I see the good in people, I just shake it off. Basically this book taught me to trust my instinct more!
This book tells the story of Julia, who is starting a fresh life with her parents by moving into a new town and changing their names to try to forget the past that has haunted them. I’m not going to give away much though, but there’s a thrill, romance, and comedy in this book.
“And no matter how good a liar you are, the fact of the matter is, the truth will always come back to haunt you.”
The characters were very realistic and interesting. Emotional as she was at times, Julia/Lucy was also really smart and sassy. She’s definitely got an interesting relationship with her brother, Ryan. Alane compliments Lucy’s character which was suiting with her being Lucy’s best friend. She’s very supportive and lovely all the time. Michael’s definitely a keeper. He’s adorable, kind, and he’s much of a gentleman! Definitely a golden retriever (big, sweet, earnest, and a little bit dumb)! Haha!
The plot was crazily unpredictable, and predictable at the same time. It’s full of interesting events and plot twists, which made it really climactic. I cannot even remember how many times I said “HOLY SHIT” while reading the book because it’s remarkably heart-pounding. It also has shady characters which suits the genre. It’s best to read this book without much knowledge about it. I’m pretty sure this book will surprise you in many ways!
“Love was leaving someone free to destroy your life and stomp on the ruins because you couldn’t bear the thought of ending theirs.”
Amanda Panitch delivered a great debut novel. She’s definitely on my author radar now. Y’all need to watch out for this author!
Recommended to fans of: Liars Inc. by Paula Stokes, HTGAWM, Mara Dyer Trilogy by Michelle Hodkin.