The Young & the Sinner


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Max was Olivia's hero but when his brother Mason steps into the picture, forbidden love blooms.

Trigger Warning: darker themes of sexual assault, abuse, pedophilia, self-harm, and suicide.

Abandoned by her mother, Olivia is thankful to be rescued by Max who soon becomes her idol. As some truly tragic events unfold, Olivia finds herself trying to pick up the pieces of her broken heart and mind. With the help of Mason, Max's big brother, she learns to open herself up again and search for happiness. But when the past comes back to bite her in the butt, and secrets are revealed, she learns all my not be as it seems. 

This was a powerful rendition of the struggles those facing sexual abuse experience. As both the MC's come from a dark and sordid past, watching them navigate their tragic circumstances to find light, hope and happiness was simultaneously gut-wrenching and heartwarming. 

The emotions of the characters were quite potent and gave a powerful insight into how both the victims and their family and friends cope with the aftermath. were

This novel also features abandonment, and the emotional turmoil inflicted on the kids being left behind. I found this statement to be quite profound: “Your parents love you, they just don't know how to do it correctly”

This is my opinion but I strongly believe that Olivia was being taken advantage of by Mason. Yes, I can accept needing comfort and yearning for a sense of security, but I couldn't help but feel that Mason should have known better. As the adult/ older figure, he could have navigated the relationship towards a nonsexual ground until he became mentally stronger. It almost felt as if he took advantage of her crush and subsequent dependency on him to cope with her darker emotions. 

There is also a lack of respect for Max from both Olivia and Mason. Max is a Godsend- supporting her in everything, giving her unconditional love, I think it was a betrayal of the highest order for Mason to snub him so deceitfully. 

While this was an interesting take on two dark souls who each have scars too deep to heal alone and gravitate towards each other for comfort and strength, I do believe the younger girl/older guy trope story was not to my taste in this instance because of all the abuse both physically and mentally. I do love Max though and wish he gets his happy ending because he truly deserves it. 

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My name is Jessica and as my clever (not so clever) blog title indicates- I Read It! I like to think of myself as a self proclaimed book addict, blundering through the world of blogging. When I am not working as a Marketing Professional, I like yoga, zumba and you guessed it- Reading!


About the author

V.T. Do lives in Colorado where she spends her day writing talking to herself, daydreaming, hunting magical creatures, and reading. You can find her books on Amazon. When she's not writing, you can find her talking to herself, daydreaming, hunting magical creatures, and reading.  view profile

Published on February 15, 2021

130000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Worked with a Reedsy professional 🏆

Genre: Romance

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