Publisher: Simon Pulse, 2011
From the Back of the Book:
Clara's relationship with Christian is intense from the start, and like nothing she;s ever experienced before. But what starts as devotion quickly becomes obsession, and it's almost too late before Clara realizes how far gone Christian is-and what he's willing to do to make her stay. Now Clara has left the city-and Christian-behind. No one back home knows where she is, but she still struggles to shake off her fear. She knows Christian won't let her go that easily, and that no matter how far she runs, it may not be far enough...
I read this book while on vacation and I finished it in less than 24 hours. The chapters alternate between the past, and Clara and Christian's relationship, and the present, when Clara has escaped Christian and her old life. Throughout the book, Clara has to face her fear of how controlling Christian was, and move past it. It was very interesting to see how quickly Christian gained control over Clara's life. I have always heard that guys that are controlling start out as "perfect" gentlemen, which is what happened to Christian. They then slowly start to take control over every aspect of your life. The only thing I wwould change about the book is that they would focus more on the past, not the future. I gave this book an A- because it is not necessarily a book I would read multiple times, but it was very good and I would recommend it to all young adult readers!