On Neve’s eighteenth birthday, her stepmother kicks her out. A group of diner rats offer her refuge—including Brendan, who offers his couch for her to crash on. But the more time she spends with him, the more he confuses her. One second, he’s kissing her. The next he’s pushing her away.
Believing her life has reached rock bottom, Neve struggles to ditch her “damaged girl” label. But when she uncovers the truth about her life, she’s rocked to her very foundation. Will Neve be able to hold on to the good things coming her way, or will her bad luck poison everything?
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Neve lives at home with her stepmother after her father left them for another man. On Neve's eighteenth birthday, her stepmother throws her out. Neve has no where to go. She's a loner. She blames herself for the lose of her parents.
"At her core, she always wondered, always questioned if the reason her mother died and her father had run away had been because she was a terrible person. That her fate in life had always been to be saddled with this bitch of a stepmother."
Neve finds a diner that's open all night. At the diner she befriends a group of guys. Some of the group stays the night to give her company. The next morning Brendan offers her his couch to crash on until she finds a place or he'll kick her out in a week.
Brendan comes with his own baggage. He had recently split up with a mooching ex-girlfriend. He does his best not to get close to Neve.
As Neve tries to make a fresh start, she runs into her so-called uncle Nate. It's not a happy reunion, Nate is the bearer of bad news. The meeting leaves Neve feeling hollow inside. Neve's life continues in a downward spiral.. She struggles with continual rejection.
"The ache couldn't be filled by some happy relationship, not when damaged girl brought more misery on everything and everyone around her."
In the end the truth is revealed. At first Neve tries to drink away her sorrows. After the failed attempt, it's Brendan who returns to her to be at her side.
In this novella we struggle along with Neve in her quest to make a fresh start. She has blamed herself for so long, it's all she knows. It was an unfortunate decision made by others that has devalued Neve's self worth. The truth shall set her free. Once the truth was revealed and she stopped feeling sorry for herself, she was able to begin living. We all have baggage, however it is sometimes given to us with the best of intentions, but with the worst consequences.