Losing Charley

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After a horrific breakup with Dylan Sloan, the bad boy of the Dixon High Swim team, Charley Rice loses the confident swimmer she once was. Her best friend, Cash Montgomery is the only one who truly knows what happened that night and is a constant source of strength. After a summer of questioning who she wants to be, Charley decides to put the past behind and leave her small town behind. More
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About Casey Peeler

Casey Peeler grew up in North Carolina and still lives there with her husband and daughter.

Growing up Casey wasn't an avid reader or writer, but after reading Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston during her senior year of high school, and multiple Nicholas Sparks' novels, she found a hidden love and appreciation for reading. That love ignited the passion for writing several years later, and her writing style combines real life scenarios with morals and values teenagers need in their daily lives.

When Casey isn't writing, you can find her near a body of water listening to country music with a cold beverage and a great book.

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Review by: Chelly Peeler on May 19, 2014 :
The summer after graduation, Charley has to make some decisions – does she stick with her original decision to go to college close to home or is this her chance to get away from the small town farm life and figure out who she is? She’s scared her parents will hate her if she doesn’t go where they expect her to, but her mom only wants her daughter to be happy. So at the last minute, Charley and her mom visit some schools, and of course options are limited. A couple weeks later, Charley is packing up to head to Southern College!

Her first day at Southern, Charley makes some new friends that she knows will play a huge role in her college experience. She also meets Joe – the HOT blonde surfer boy with the bluest eyes you’ve ever seen. She feels an attraction to him immediately but she’s learned the hard way that the hot, popular, bad boy isn’t the kind of guy she needs. And she also feels guilty because she knows Cash is at home waiting for her.

Cash has lived on the farm next door to Charley’s for as long as she can remember and he’s just a good ol’ sexy country boy. He’s made sure Charley knows he’s there for her whenever she’s ready, but she feels she needs to live a little while at school. Will she open herself up to Joe and give him a chance, leave her past behind? Or will she stick with Cash because he’s the only one who truly knows her and has always been there for her, especially through the hardest time in her life? Can she ever really get away from the past or will it continue to haunt her?

I loved this book so much and Charley should be my best friend! She’s your genuine home-grown country girl – she loves fishing, hunting, working on her family’s farm, and she’s not afraid to get dirty, but she also loves to dress up and go have some fun. She’s real and doesn't change for anybody. I’m from the country myself and I can totally relate to the characters in this book, as well as Hank’s Tavern and Turtle’s Pool Hall, and I love me some Choice Cherry Gold! No Turning Back is an awesome debut novel from the even more awesome Casey Peeler and I’m looking forward to seeing her grow as an author. And I need to know what happens with Charley, like NOW…Finding Charley to be released in the Spring of 2014 but I can’t wait that long!
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Review by: nickatorn on April 15, 2014 :
Wow! This book was amazing. It's really hard for me to write a non spoiler review, but no worries I won't include any spoilers.

In the beginning of the book Charley is dating Dylan. Something happens and she ends the relationship by totally avoiding him. Cash (who Charley calls Cash Money) is her rock. Charley describes Cash as her "knight in an F250 and a pair of Carhartts." I love that description of Cash. Charley goes off to college and Cash stays on the farm. Charley loves Cash but she wants to experience college and find herself. Cash is fine with that. Cash tells her, "I am willing to wait, continue being your best friend, boyfriend, continue being your rock, but I'm not leaving you ever again."

While at college Charley becomes friends with the girls on her dorm floor. She also meets Joe. Joe seems to be the perfect person for Charley to explore college with. Charley goes back and forth between Joe and Cash. Both Joe and Cash know about each other and form a friendship.

The characters were well written, which allows the reader to bound quickly with them. The end of the book took a turn I never expected. There's a huge cliffhanger. You are definitely left wanting more.
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