Damaged Goods

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Title: Damaged Goods

Author: Nicole Williams

Published Date: September 9th 2014

Rating: 4/5 Stars

When Liv Bennett said goodbye to the sinkhole of a town she grew up in, she hoped she’d left that chapter of her life behind forever. But forever turned out to only be three years.

Returning home to her two younger sisters after their addict of a mother up and disappeared, Liv promptly reinstitutes her golden rule that got her through her first nineteen years of life without getting knocked up, roughed up, or messed up: Don’t date the local boys and god forbid, don’t fall in love with one of them.

It isn’t long before that golden rule is put to the test.

Will Goods isn’t the same boy she remembers growing up by in the next trailer over. The wild, careless boy who used to tear up the town with his three brothers has morphed into someone else so completely, he’s almost unrecognizable. The quiet, contemplative man who works on cars by night and takes care of his mentally ill mother during the day is nothing like any of the local boys Liv grew up avoiding.

But just when Liv considers suspending her golden rule this one time, she finds out something about Will that will change everything.

Will Goods isn’t who he used to be; he’s not even the man Liv thinks she’s gotten to know over the summer. He’s someone else entirely.

He’s become . . .

Damaged Goods.

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Holy mother of pearl... What did I just read. I went into this book thinking that Liv would fall in love with the bad guy, Will. I know, cliché, but that's what I thought the premise would be.
In the beginning it started out that way. "Good girl" avoiding "bad guy" lest she falls in love. I was on Liv's side when we met her. I loved how she grew out of the statistic that everyone, who knew of her and her family, put her in. She was determined to let those statistics define her. But there's something about Will that you can't help but wonder about.

When we do meet Will, I had to admit it's awkward. We know nothing about him other than the fact that he has been Liv's neighbor since she's lived there until he wasn't and that's mainly due to the fact that Liv was very adamant about sticking to her rules that she didn't observe her surrounding.

Now, Will gets a little bit more confusing as we continue on and I have to say he was the enigma that I so desperately wanted to solve. And when we get the full picture HOLY DANG. How could I miss it; all the signs were there. I was so immersed into Liv's head that I was seeing what she saw and not looking at the whole picture. I was in the moment with her. and then when all was revealed my eyes were opened but Liv's weren't. So towards the end it became this big mess that ultimately brought to light Will's reasoning. And I got it. I understood where he was coming from and honestly he was no where in the wrong.
You see people hide things that they think will obscure people's view of the real them. And that's what I believe Nicole Williams is trying to tell us.
You see, Damaged Goods is not what you expect in terms of good girl and bad guy. It shows that there is more than just "this and that".

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