Goth chick hottie camouflages her suffering beneath black makeup and obscene mini-dresses to repel fellow students at her new high school in this grim, yet surprisingly uplifting YA romance. This tawdry, self-imposed orphan wears more scars than clothing. Her unwillingness to return to her once pristine life transforms her into a mute outcast who intentionally seeks isolation from everyone...everyone except the equally cryptic boy in her shop class. Their friendship, built in his garage amidst sawdust and power tools, evolves into an "expected" thing. But they continue to dance around her closely guarded secret until they spin out of control and collapse in a heap of senseless jealousy and heartbreak. The reasons I avoid YA are present in this book, such as my inability to relate to the self-destructive, unsophisticated mindset of a teenager and the bane associated with holding onto the tender V card. But character development is crucial to this plot and KM executes it skillfully. This H/h have been forced into a tragic emotional maturity and their journey to recovery is an exquisite mess. It's a journey you won't regret taking. And one you won't forget. Note: This is mature YA with sexual situations and one non-graphic sex scene.