by Stacey Kade
Published: June 7th 2016
Publisher: Forge Books
At fifteen, Amanda Grace was abducted on her way home from school. 738 days later, she escaped. Her 20/20 interview is what everyone remembers—Amanda describing the room where she was kept, the torn poster of TV heartthrob Chase Henry on the wall. It reminded her of home and gave her the strength to keep fighting.
Now, years later, Amanda is struggling to live normally. Her friends have gone on to college, while she battles PTSD. She’s not getting any better, and she fears that if something doesn’t change soon she never will.
Six years ago, Chase Henry defied astronomical odds, won a coveted role on a new TV show, and was elevated to super-stardom. With it, came drugs, alcohol, arrests, and crazy spending sprees. Now he's sober and a Hollywood pariah, washed up at twenty-four.
To revamp his image, Chase’s publicist comes up with a plan: surprise Amanda Grace with the chance to meet her hero, followed by a visit to the set of Chase’s new movie. The meeting is a disaster, but out of mutual desperation, Amanda and Chase strike a deal. What starts as a simple arrangement, though, rapidly becomes more complicated when they realize they need each other in more ways than one. But when the past resurfaces in a new threat, will they stand together or fall apart?
We listened to 738 Days together and basically consumed this 14 hour audiobook in less than two days. Since you all don't need two reviews, we decided that Christy would interview Nancy on her thoughts!
Describe 738 Days in 7 words.
Broken girl, recovering boy, together find love.
Ok, give it to us straight. Why is this book getting rave reviews on Goodreads?"I take back anything I might have ever thought about her being messed up or weak. She’s a fucking warrior." @StaceyKade #738Days. (So good)— Christy Jane (@diamondxgirl) July 18, 2016
Not only is 738 days a dark contemporary that supports a fantastic cast of characters that deal with some very tough issues. It also showcases an endearing couple that you respect and admire and that you want to see them succeed in all their endeavors.
Tell us about the characters, Amanda and Chase. Who would their book besties be?
Amanda is a young woman recovering from an abduction that she endured years ago. Every day is a struggle, a fight to survive, but she is a fierce warrior. Amanda has decided that she no longer wants to be a victim and she takes her life back. Chase is an actor, once famous and untouchable. Then his guilt and addiction got the better of him and he fell from grace. On the road to redemption his path intersects with Amanda's and in an odd twist of fate, they become each other's life line's, friends and lovers. Their book besties would be Nastya and Josh from The Sea of Tranquility.
*Side note: The Sea of Tranquility made Nancy's top 10 best books she read, top 10 best book boyfriends, and top 10 books that made her ugly cry in 2014. So, there you go.
738 Days features pretty heavy subjects - child abduction and sexual assault. How did the author portray the abduction and Amanda's journey after?
I think Stacey Kade did a fantastic job of portraying Amanda and her abduction and her recovery. It was a fine line that she danced on providing enough pertinent information without making the story too dark and oppressing. I liked how we got to see how her abduction and recovery affected her entire family and in very different ways. I was able to find understanding in all their perspectives but what I liked most is that Amanda was a work in progress and trust she continued with therapy and was willing to move forward and make that change in her life. She had an increased support system.
What do you think the author was trying to convey through the story? Was she successful?
I think Stacey Kade was trying to write a story about redemption and self forgiveness and that with love all things are possible.
Finish this sentence:
If you liked The Sea of Tranquility, you'll love 738 Days.