Title: It Happened on Thunder Road
Author: Susan Antony
Genre: YA Fantasy Romance
When Emmy Russo returns to high school in Moncks Corner, South Carolina after summer break, she discovers some changes. First: Mom has a boyfriend. Second: the cute new student, Charlie Fields, is a Rockabilly greaser with a gang who obeys his every command. Third: attractive Keir Harper wants to be more than just her best friend. And fourth: a perplexed Emmy soon finds herself drawn to two extremely different boys. How do you choose between sweet and smoldering?
Then tragedy strikes on desolate Thunder Road. Strange things start happening, with Emmy in the middle of it all. Intent on finding the truth, she must fight for her heart, her life, maybe even her soul. Because someone wants to possess all of Emmy. And they will be together, no matter what the cost. For eternity.
Just when Emmy Russo knows what to expect, everything changes. Coming home after the summer break, Emmy discovers mom has a boyfriend. Talk about awkward. Her best friend, Keir, wants to be more than friends. Then there’s Charlie, the new kid at school who she’s drawn to. He’s a Rockabilly gang leader who makes her think sexy thoughts and turns her insides to jelly with his fiery gaze. She’s attracted to both guys and she’s torn between the good boy and the rebel bad boy. One night, disaster strikes on Thunder Road. Suddenly, odd things start happening and somehow Emmy is in the midst of it all. She’s determined to discover the truth, no matter the consequences. Her life hangs in the balance…
It Happened on Thunder Road is a young adult fantasy romance with paranormal elements I read in one sitting. Between the captivating narration, the intriguing characters, and the fast-moving plot, I had to keep reading to see what would happen next. Who needs sleep when you have this book? I connected with Emmy right away. She’s such an engaging main character, I found it easy to slip into her POV. It Happened on Thunder Road has a classic love triangle but there’s an interesting twist Susan Antony adds which makes it different from other books. I know very little about the Rockabilly lifestyle prior to reading this book but thanks to Susan Antony’s gift for detail, I’m fully versed in this part of American culture now. Susan Antony’s writing style immerses the reader into the story, so much so, the reader becomes part of the story. Well-written, perfectly paced, It Happened on Thunder Road is a must-read for all readers. Highly recommend it, for sure!
My Rating: 5+ stars
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Susan Antony is an aspiring Renaissance woman who never shies from a challenge. Not only does she have a degree in the Liberal Arts, she has a degree in Automotive Technology. She currently works in the IT department at a local Charleston hospital. Susan lives with her teenaged son and two behaviorally challenged Cairn Terriers. To maintain her sanity, she cherishes her Friday evenings dancing the night away!
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N