A tragic depiction of same-sex domestic violence in an abusive relationship between orphan Johanna and Reeve, the older sister of the autistic boy that Johanna works with. Includes significant homophobia, drug abuse, family and relationship abuse, death, rape, and murder.
Johanna is steadfast, patient, reliable; the go-to girl, the one everyone can count on. But always being there for others can’t give Johanna everything she needs—it can’t give her Reeve Hartt.
Reeve is fierce, beautiful, wounded, elusive; a flame that draws Johanna’s fluttering moth. Johanna is determined to get her, against all advice, and to help her, against all reason. But love isn’t always reasonable, right?
In the precarious place where attraction and need collide, a teenager experiences the dark side of a first love, and struggles to find her way into a new light.
Cis girls: Johanna, Reeve
Lesbian/Queer: Johanna, Reeve
Not explicitly addressed.
White: Johanna, Reeve
Trigger Warning: This book contains extremely graphic depictions of violence and abuse, both in Johanna and Reeve’s relationship as well as what Reeve experiences at home. Additionally, there is rape, homophobia/homomisia, drug abuse and murder.