Interim by S. Walden – Review

Interim teaser titleSynopsis

~A lot can change in the space between devising a plan and carrying it out. That space is called the INTERIM.~

High school seniors Jeremy Stahl and Regan Walters aren’t friends. Not even close. He’s a picked-on, picked-apart loser outcast. She’s a cool kid running with the popular crowd. It’s unlikely they’d ever speak to one another. Too bad he’s madly in love with her. But what does it matter anyway? He’s got no time for love. Only revenge.
Meticulously detailed in the pages of his battered red notebook is his master plan: April 14, 9:30 A.M., two guns, eighty rounds of ammo, backup knives, eleven victims. He’s finally ready to answer every single taunt, jeer, and flying fist—unwarranted abuse that’s spanned six years of his lonely life. He’s justified. He’s ready. But he never readied himself for her.
Regan finds his journal. She reads it, and when he discovers her intrusion, he has to switch tactics. She’s a liability now.
Better fix that.

Interim is a New Adult Standalone. It contains explicit language and disturbing images of violence, including gun violence. If school shootings are an especially sensitive subject for you, I encourage you to refrain from reading this book. – S. Walden


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To the lonely and brokenhearted. And to the ones who fight for them.

I read Going Under two years ago and became a huge fan of S. Walden. I respect her immensely because she is always willing to write books that 99% of authors would never dream of or don’t have the courage to. After reading the label warning for INTERIM, I knew without hesitation Ms. Walden was going to challenge her readers once again. From the first page until the last, I was completely riveted. True to the author’s warning, there is violence and deeply disturbing images. As a fan of “dark reads”, there are many scenes I find uncomfortable and heavy. However, there is also love and the lengths people are willing to go for matters of the heart and soul.

“Never be afraid to do what’s right.”

When I noticed the countdown/chapter headings, I knew this would be a book I would be unable to put down. The reader is literally counting down the moments until a life altering/ending event.  From the moments I first met Jeremy, my heart ached for him. He is living a nightmare of a life and facing abuse most people cannot fathom, much less live on a daily basis. Despite his abuse, is there justification for the massacre he is planning? While on the surface Regan appears to have everything, but she is struggling with self acceptance.  There is a deep connection between these two characters. Despite his best efforts, Jeremy finds himself constantly drawn to Regan. When she discovers his journals, she struggles with the decision to report him or trust him. He in turn, can’t decide how to best deal with the knowledge she could derail everything. What ensues is a gut wrenching tug of war.

Don’t deviate. Don’t revise. That’s how plans got messed up.

This book has so many twists and turns I lost count. It was not until the last sentence, I felt confident that the story was truly over. I was uncomfortable numerous times and found myself questioning my own beliefs several times. This is not a feel good story; it’s raw and sometimes dark. However, it one of the most realistic books about high school and the daily abuse countless teenagers endure. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book to any reader willing to step outside their comfort zone and experience a realistic view of bullies, victims, and revenge.


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S. Walden used to teach English before making the best decision of her life by becoming a full-time writer. She lives in Georgia with her very supportive husband who prefers physics textbooks over fiction and has a difficult time understanding why her characters must have personality flaws. She is wary of small children, so she has a Westie instead. She is the USA Today bestselling author of Going Under. When she’s not writing, she’s thinking about it.



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