Title: The Damned
Author: Jennifer Snyder
Series: The Unloved (Companion Novel)
Release Date: December 2nd 2014
Age Group: Mature Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cole Porter knows his home life isn’t ideal, but when a situation arises and he’s forced to pack up and move on, he realizes it’s better to be in a position where you understand the ins and outs rather than to be tossed into the unknown.
Emory Montgomery is as close to perfect as she can possibly be—good grades, beautiful, poised, popular—but having it all isn’t always enough. Perfect has its drawbacks, and even the most flawless people crack under its pressure.
There are people who come into our lives for a reason, when everything else is shattered, burned, and bruised. Sometimes their purpose is clear, but often the smoke and the brokenness conceal the light.
THE DAMNED can be read as a stand-alone novel.
The Damned is less a romance than a story about two young people, struggling to fight their demons. Jennifer Snyder takes a no-holds-barred approach to her writing, bombarding her reader with emotions as we are asked to watch each character being controlled by their chosen coping mechanisms.
Although The Damned is not an easy read, I applaud Jennifer Snyder for honestly confronting two subjects which are sadly becoming more relevant to young people. However, in books I have read previously, authors have reserved self-harm for their females characters. In The Damned Jennifer Snyder bravely addresses the fact that cutting can be a method of dealing with stress or trauma, whatever a person’s race, gender, sexuality or age.
In Emory’s case Jennifer Snyder shows that even people from a 2.4 family and a privileged background can succumb to mental illness. Throughout the story, we watch Emory fade away, emotionally and physically from listening to the constant criticisms of her mother and the ideal goals of her gymnast coach.
When Emory and Cole first meet, Jennifer Snyder does not complicate the plot with a romance. Instead, the two begin a very cautious friendship neither realizing that their presence in the other one’s life offers a simple comfort.
In The Damned, Jennifer Snyder provides her reader with an all-round experience. We feel strangely close to these characters, who remind us that everyone is fighting a battle, whether it is visible or not. I think The Damned is a book which will resonate with many readers of the Young Adult genre and the emotions it has left me with will be long-lasting.
About the Author
Jennifer Snyder lives in North Carolina were she spends most of her time writing New Adult and Young Adult Fiction, reading, and struggling to stay on top of housework. She is a tea lover with an obsession for Post-it notes and smooth writing pens. Jennifer lives with her husband and two children, who endure listening to songs that spur inspiration on repeat and tolerate her love for all paranormal, teenage-targeted TV shows.