Title: Redeeming Lainey
Author: Kaitlyn Hoyt
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: Mature YA/ NA
My Rating: 4 / 5
When Lainey left the
little farming town in Iowa on her eighteenth birthday, she thought she
was finally free. She didn’t have to live in fear anymore wondering
which day was going to be her last. For those two years, she was able to
live in peace. She’d made a new friend, was going to a school she
loved, and was setting the path for her future career.
That all changed with one phone call from her mother.
the push of her best friend, Randi, Lainey goes back into the town she
once promised was forever in her rear-view mirror. The dark memories of
her past loom around every corner, and Lainey can’t seem to conquer the
demons inside of her in order to fully move on.
Bryce, on the
other hand, had moved on. During middle school and high school, Lainey
was his best friend, and it tore him apart when she left with only a
note. A simple note saying good-bye and have a great life.
his best friend around, Bryce’s life quickly spiraled out of control.
He got into drugs, had some trouble with the law, and found himself
partying a little too hard. Sweet Annabeth brought him out of that stage
in his life, and ultimately saved his life.
With Lainey back in
town, Bryce is at a loss at what do. She wants nothing to do with him or
the town, but he is the only person who knows her full history and may
be able to help her. Knowing that Lainey’s a flight risk, and with one
wrong move, she’d pack everything up and leave again, Bryce steps out to
help her find the one thing she doesn’t know she needs.
As with every other book written by Kaitlyn Hoyt, this book was also a really great one! It was different from the books I usually read and still very enjoyable. I loved the writing style and Lainey's story was one big roller coaster ride of emotions that will most definitely make you cry throughout the book.
One of my most favorite things about this book were the characters. I loved how everyone was so supportive and understanding and always had Lainey's back, even when she refused to let them help her, especially Bryce. Even after everything that happened, he was still such a great friend to Lainey and despite the fact that she didn't want his help, he still refused to give up and did the best he could to help Lainey. Lainey was a very broken character as she had faced some horrible things in the past, and is still trying to find herself and get out of those memories that keeps hunting her. The way Lainey's character was written really helped in understanding her better. We got to see both the side of her that tried to stay strong and deal with everything as best as she could, and the side of her that was still very vulnerable and trying to let go of the past and move forward in her life. All the characters were written really well, and a big part of what made this book a great read.
However though, there were still two small things that kind of bothered me throughout the book. I felt like certain things were being repeated over and over again throughout the story that weren't really necessary. And also, as much as I loved Lainey and understood why she was the way she was, I felt that she was just too stubborn sometimes. Everyone kept trying to help her, but she just wouldn't let them and at one point it kind of got annoying. She had all this people who cared about her and supported her, but she refused to see it and tried to push them away from helping her. But in the end everything worked out and the story had a satisfying ending.
Redeeming Lainey is a very bittersweet story that will keep you turning the pages until the very end. I really enjoyed reading this book and was glad with how everything turned out. Kaitlyn Hoyt is an amazing writer and I can't wait to read more of her books!