Year 12, Book 34

34. Cottonmouths by Kelly J. Ford

Emily thought she escaped life in her small hometown in the Ozarks when she went away to college, but things didn’t turn out like she planned and now she’s back home after failing out of school. She wonders if things might not be as bad as she first thought when she spots her former crush Jody and decides to reconnect with her and find out if the rumors of her baby are true.

After lying to her parents about the real reason she left school and unable to find a decent job to support herself, Emily winds up being kicked out of her parents house. So she jumps at the chance to move in with Jody and play nanny to her kid. She quickly realizes she may have gotten more than she bargained for when it becomes very obvious that Jody is mixed up in a meth operation.

This was an excellent book. The characters are really well written and the author has a great gift for creating the setting. I could very much feel myself in that small town and being surrounded by these people. I highly recommend this book. I give it a 9 out of 10.

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