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Reviewed by Breanna F. for TeensReadToo.com
"It felt dangerous. I found something dark in me that sang. I wanted to listen. Maybe I wanted to sing, too."
Fifteen-year-old Ames has been betrayed. Her whole life she has been one of the rich kids, until her father runs her family's life down the drain with his stupidity. Now, her life is spiraling downwards. Her mother is freaking out and taking her worries out on everyone else, and all her father seems to be able to do is drink. The only levelheaded one in the family is Chrissy, who happens to be six years old.
They are now living in a hellhole somewhere in Texas, and Ames is constantly being yelled at, worked to the bone, or getting very close to being smacked around by her parents. But in Texas, she also has Marc. Marc is 22 and exactly the type of guy who Ames' friend, Em, would go for. Now that Ames has this different life, she decides she could be dangerous like Em.
Right away, Marc says he's going to protect her, that he doesn't like the way she's being treated by her family. When he's at her house one day and says he's got a gun, it excites her. But she doesn't realize the trap that she is quickly being pulled in to.
This book was one of those page-turners. I finished it in about a day. The first half focuses on Ames' family falling apart because of her father, and the second part details their new life in Texas and Ames' obsession with being a bad girl. As soon as Marc showed up I got a bad feeling, but of course that was to be expected.
I definitely wasn't expecting DARK SONG to end the way it did, but I liked the ending. If you're looking for a fast-paced, drama-filled read, then this is definitely the book for you.