Review: Fight or Flight by Jamie Canosa

17374245Blurb from Goodreads

Be smart.
Keep your head down.
And look out for number one.

These are the rules Jay has lived by for the past two years. The rules of surviving life on the streets. But when Em comes bursting into his life, in all of her disastrous glory, the rules go right out the window.

Survive.
Flee what’s been left behind.
And never look back.

Emerson’s plan was simple. Though, it was easier said than done. The city streets are dangerous and unforgiving to a new arrival. Especially, a seventeen-year-old girl who’s never known anything but life in the suburbs. Sometimes, however, what’s lurking behind those white picket fences can be more frightening than any dark alley.

Both of them made the same decision when life got overwhelming—to run from their demons. Brought together by fate or circumstance, Em and Jay find the kind of love neither of them ever expected. But, when those demons come back to haunt them and their love is on the line, which instincts will they choose to follow this time . . . Fight or Flight?

Kindle Edition, 356 pages
Published March 12th 2013 (first published March 2013)
edition language: English
genre: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
My Thought
I understand living in the street is hard but I think after read this book I will never look teenagers who living in the street the same way again. This book reminds me of Don’t Breathe a Word by Holly Cupala but I liked this book better. Jamie Canosa wrote the difficulties of being in the street so vivid and poignant make my heart ache and sometimes I almost stop reading it.

But there is one thing that I quite hard connected to the story, it’s the time setting. The characters in this book aren’t teenagers who easily trust others. They live their life in a hard way they have good reasons to trust no one. So when they finally falling in love in just less than a month, I was quite difficult to relate it to their trust issue. But then again maybe it’s because they found each other in a hopeless place, the insta-love sort of an understanding for them. I also feel the ending too rush and too easily left me questions things from the story.
It makes me wonder if this isn’t a standalone book. 

Result: 3.5 of 5 Stars
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