The last person seventeen-year-old Eleanor Livingston wants to see on the elevator—let alone get stuck with—is her ex-boyfriend Travis, the guy she's been avoiding for five months.
Plagued with the belief that when she speaks the truth, bad things happen, Elly hasn’t told Trav anything. Not why she broke up with him and cut off all contact. Not what happened the day her father returned from his deployment to Afghanistan. And certainly not that she misses him and still thinks about him everyday.
But with nowhere to hide and Travis so close it hurts, Elly’s worried she won’t be able to contain her secrets for long. She’s terrified of finally revealing the truth, because she can’t bear to watch a tragedy befall the boy she still loves.
I love poetry, and I'm a fan of contemporary fiction (thought I'm too chicken to write it myself). ELEVATED was the best of everything I like. With novels in verse, there is so much you can't write down. There is no luxury of taking 70,000 words to depict the story and emotions. So with that economy of words and so much to express, it's really such an intense, amazing read.
Here are some excerpts:
The promise of laundry detergent
Teases my nose.
It hides in every crevice of the elevator,
A permanent passenger.
The only time I don't feel twisted inside out
Like my skin is on wrong
Is when Travis is holding my hand.
I hope you guys get a chance to read this. But I warn you, it'll go by very fast for all the right reasons. :) Enjoy every verse!