Review: Black Box by Cassia Leo

Over the course of five years, Mikki and Crush cross paths on three separate occasions. Their first encounter changes Mikki's life forever, but their second meeting leaves them both buried beneath the emotional wreckage of a violent attack. Mikki is left with more questions and grief than she can handle, while Crush is forced to forget the girl who saved his life.

Now nineteen years old, Mikki Gladstone has decided she's tired of the mind-numbing meds. She books a flight to Los Angeles to end her life far away from her loving, though often distant, family.

Twenty-one-year-old Crush has always channeled his blackest thoughts into his music, but he's never had great aspirations. He decides to fly to Los Angeles to record a demo of the only song he's never performed in public; a song he wrote for a girl he doesn't even know: Black Box. He has no expectations of fame and he's never felt like his life had any purpose... until he meets Mikki in Terminal B.

When Mikki and Crush cross paths for the third time in Terminal B, neither has any idea who the other person is; until they slowly piece together their history and realize that fate has more in store for them than just another love story.

I have read some great things about this book and it did not disappoint at all. In the beginning it is a bit confusing and I had a lot of questions about what had happened, though slowly throughout the story everything gets explained at the right moment. This definitely wasn't a typical happy love story. These two people are beyond broken and somehow each time they connect, which is usually when they are beyond their lowest point, they are able to bring each other back from the edge. It is not just a story about the bad things in life, but also about the hope someone can give your life.

Mikki is bipolar, was diagnosed when she was fourteen, that coupled with suicidal tendencies, her life seems to be filled with despair. Never seeing another way out, ending her own life seems to be the only solution. Crush is literally crushed with guild and he is convinced that no good deed can undo the wrongs he has made. When these two meet at the airport going to the same destination, it seems fate has stepped in again. It soon becomes clear this wasn't just a chance encounter.

With a snowstorm hitting town, all flights are cancelled and over the next five days Mikki and Crush get to know each other better. During the time they spend together, we get to see the past unraveling and how their paths have crossed time and time again. Being stuck has given them the opportunity to face their demons and give hope a chance.

This was definitely not a light read. Mikki deals with some very serious issues of mental illness and abuse. These are all handled with care, though still leave me heartbroken for this girl. The overall message is the hope it leaves us with and that there is always a reason not give up. A gorgeous story that will stay with you for a long time.

Black Box: Amazon - Kindle ($0.99)

The Author
KK Hendin's real life ambition is to become a pink fluffy unicorn who dances with rainbows. But the schooling for that is all sorts of complicated, so until that gets sorted out, she'll just write. Preferably things with angst and love. And things that require chocolate.

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