Title: 738 Days
Author: Stacey Kade
Published: 07 June 2016 | Forge Books
Date Read: 23 January 2017
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?
Amanda Grace was held captive by a man when she was fifteen for 738 days. The poster of then famous actor, Chase Henry has been her coping mechanism when she was there. He is what helps her get through each day and someone that gives her hope.
“One of the side effects of surviving the worst possible thing to happen to you is that you’re left with this new awareness of the world. There’s no control, no true safety; it’s all a random chance. Anything can happen anytime, to you, to the people you love. The world is full of sharp edges, just waiting to hurt you, one way or another.”
Now that she’s rescued and back in the real life, she’s finding it hard to just jump back to the life that she left before she was abducted. She’s still stuck living in a life at the edge and not moving forward. For two years, she’s just coping but not moving forward. She’s having good days and bad days. Simple things become triggers and gives her a flashback.
Despite all this, Amanda is a survivor for me. She’s trying and doing her best to be able to get out of the shell that she’s wrapped around herself.
“Acting is the only time I ever feel whole, connected to the world and in sync, doing what I’m supposed to be doing.”
Enter the real-life Chase Henry.
His previous career nose-dived after several bad decisions made. Now, he’s a recovering alcoholic and finding it hard to land a single acting role. His reasons for helping Amanda was selfish at first but the good thing is that he immediately saw the error on his actions and immediately stopped his selfish plans.
“Life is too short to hold yourself back. From love, from happiness, from the fear of falling when you could have the joy of jumping. And I, of all people should know that.”
Chase and Amanda’s characters were created realistically. They were both dynamic and complex characters that are very easy to like. The ups and the down they’ve both been thru were awful but they are trying and surviving. I really admire how the author handled several sensitive topics this book has. Amanda Grace’s trauma, fear and anxiety was dealt nicely. Same thing with Chase’s alcoholism.
The first part of the story was hard and tough for me. We get to see the suffering Amanda has been thru when she was abducted. The emotions and feels that this book gave was raw and very genuine. I find myself so engrossed with Amanda and Chase’s own stories on the first few chapters of the book.
“I was the one taken, but my abduction happened to them.”
Another thing I really admired about this book was the family dynamic of the Grace’s. There’s the over-emotional-worrier Mom, Guilt-ridden elder sister, silent dad and the annoying little sister. They are far from perfect but you can easily see their love and concern for one another. I also like how the author told us that though the abduction happened to Amanda, her whole family aches over it.
The only thing that knocked me off this story was the insta-love. How can these two characters fall in love in just days? Three or four days? I saw how genuine their feelings have been for one another but it would be so much better if we give them more than just a week to fall in love. Yes, I know, falling in-love can/might happen in that short span of time. But given the characteristics these two characters have, it feels a bit forced for me. It lacked depth and development. The chemistry was there. The anticipation on what would happen next was also there but it all happened too fast.
I loved Stacey Kade’s The Ghost and the Goth Series. Her writing style for 738 days was quite different from The Ghost & The Goth, but nonetheless great. The dual POV is done greatly as I easily saw the difference and similarities between the personalities of Chase and Amanda.
Overall, it was a great and remarkable reading experience.