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Book Review: "Gray" by Rachel Karns

Rachel Karn's "Gray"
Rachel Karn's "Gray"

"Gray" by Rachel Karns


Title: “Gray”
Author: Rachel Karns
Publisher: Print: CreateSpace. Ebook: Smashwords, April 7, 2011
Pages: 221 p.
Source: The author
Compensation: None

“Gray” opens up with a brief preface about a broken man on his way to a blind date who gets hit by a car. The main story starts with a nineteen-year-old girl Maggie celebrating her birthday alone. Maggie's parents are vacationing in Europe and all her friends have moved on to college, leaving Maggie alone to work in her Dad's jewelry store and reflect on her empty life. She becomes obsessed with a John Doe in the newspaper--a man who is in a coma after recently being hit by a car--and feels a connection with this unclaimed man. On her 19th birthday she does something crazy and decides to visit him in the hospital. The only way she can get to him is by claiming to be his fiancé. Her presence helps him and what started out as a one-time visit turns into a full-blown relationship. He wakes up, they fall in love, but there's a problem. He's 32. And she's lied about everything. There's a subplot about Peter's job studying the reintroduction of wolves into Idaho that is interesting and helps highlight the differences between the grown-up Peter and still teenaged Maggie.

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