Excerpt Reveal: ‘Ripple’ by Heather Smith Meloche

Back in March we revealed the cover for the upcoming debut novel Ripple by Heather Smith Meloche. Today I’m excited to share an exclusive excerpt from Ripple!

In case you need a refresher, this is an edgy and thought-provoking novel that tells the story of how two teens’ self-destructive paths lead them to one another and help them heal in the process.

Ripple CoverWhen their too-adult lives lead them down self-destructive paths, these broken teens find a way to heal in this YA novel perfect for fans of Ellen Hopkins
With her impossible-to-please grandmother on her back about college and her disapproving step-dad watching her every move, Tessa would do anything to escape the pressure-cooker she calls home. So she finds a shot of much-needed power and confidence by hooking up with boys, even though it means cheating on her boyfriend. But when she’s finally caught red-handed, she’ll do anything she can to cover up what she’s done.

Jack is a prankster who bucks the system every chance he gets—each transgression getting riskier and riskier. He loves the thrill, and each adventure allows a little release because his smug smile and suave demeanor in the face of authority doesn’t make life at home with his mom any less tough. He tries to take care of her, but the truth is he’s powerless in the face of her fragile mental health. So he copes in his own way, by defacing public property and pulling elaborate pranks, though he knows in the end this’ll only screw up his life even more.
As they both try not to let their self-destructive patterns get the best of them, Tessa and Jack gravitate toward one another, discovering the best parts of themselves in the process. An honest portrayal of the urges that drive us and finding the strength to overcome them, Ripple is a stunning debut from a powerful new voice.

Without further ado, check out an excerpt from the beginning of Ripple:

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Lauren is a 20-year-old student living in Northern Virginia. She loves to read YA books and watch movies. Lauren is passionate about many things, but reading has always been a huge part of her life. Ever since she first learned to read, her parents have always had to pry books out of her hands when it’s time for other commitments. Lauren loves everything from The Hunger Games and Divergent, to Percy Jackson, mysteries like State of the Onion, and other YA books, like The Fault in Our Stars, and is always eager to try a new book, author, or series. She also loves music, public health, Harry Potter, and the Washington Capitals. Follow her on Twitter: @LWengrovitz.
  • Amber Barnes

    Yay, a galley giveaway!

    I am looking forward to Ripple because it involves two self destructing teen. As an adult who was a self-destructive teen, I can relate so much to this aspect. I know how hard it can be to break away from self-destructive behavior without help. The cover is also really pretty!

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