Melt by Selene CastrovillaMELT (Rough Romance #1)

by Selene Castrovilla
Publisher: Last Syllable Books
Publication Date: November 6, 2014

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Melt is a brutal love story, set against the backdrop of The Wizard of Oz. Sixteen year old “good girl” Dorothy just blew into the small town of Highland Park – where the social headquarters is Munchkinland (Dunkin’ Donuts.) There, she meets Joey – a “bad boy” who tells no one about the catastrophic domestic violence he witnesses at home. Can these two lovers survive peer pressure, Joey’s reputation, and his alcoholism? And then there’s his family’s secret – about to be unleashed.

Told in dual first person, Joey’s words are scattered on the page – reflecting his broken state. Dorothy is the voice of reason – until something so shattering happens that she, too, may lose her grip. Can their love endure, or will it melt away?

Melt is based on true events. It is both a chilling tale of abuse, and a timeless romance. It will hit you like a punch in the face, and also seep through the cracks in your soul.


Awards & Honors for MELT

Awards and Honors for MELT by Selene Castrovilla

Praise for MELT

“Dorothy and Joey’s plight is both an inner and an outer struggle, a reckoning with a cold world, and a psychological drama about the stakes of truth-telling that ends with a gratifying act of mercy… A fresh, emotionally complex bildungsroman of young American love that looks long and hard at violence, and at what can overcome it.” Kirkus Review, August 30, 2014

“Melt is evocative, emotional, vivid, and powerful. Beautiful, painful, and ultimately healing, Melt is a gripping read that will make you feel and care about the characters.” –Cheryl Rainfield, award-winning author of SCARS and STAINED

“It was so well-written. If I were to meet Selene right now, I’d clap in front of her for she has written something painfully real and beautiful.”
— The Quirky Reader

“MELT was one of the most powerful, stunning books I’ve read all year…Castrovilla sets MELT against a Wizard of Oz backdrop and the L. Frank Baum passages offer a unique insight into the plot of MELT.

The plot was incredibly real, raw, and painful. Castrovilla takes on many different subjects, such as abuse, addiction, and first love. Despite the heavy subject matter, this novel reads extremely quickly and is amazingly well-written.

If you are a fan of realistic, contemporary fiction, this novel should be a MUST READ. Bravo to Selene Castrovilla on writing one of the best books of 2014.” — Lady Reader’s Bookstuff

“Melt…reminded me of why I love to read. My heart was literally pounding…I couldn’t put it down.” — Eve’s Fan Garden

“This is such a captivating read from the start. I got so involved with the characters that I was afraid to leave them, afraid that I might miss out on something big if I stop reading.” — The Cursed Empire

“I get the writing style of “Melt” isn’t for everyone. It’s written as verse, poetic-like. But the book is so deep, but yet such an easy read. I’ll never forget it. NEVER. And I’ll forever recommend it as a must-read. The fact that she could introduce these deep characters in such a structure and make me feel like I know them is mind blowing.

I have nothing but praise to the author … she created a powerful book that will forever hunts the reader. Poignant and entirely realistic, MELT is a book that should NEVER be missed.” — Her Book Thoughts!

“All I could think was ‘God help them’. And I couldn’t stop reading.” — Sheri’s Reviews, Goodreads

“Different. Intense. Perfect. This story was all of these, and so much more.” — Bibilophilia, Goodreads

Comments (2)

  1. Aminaga Kaba

    This book is sooo good and I don’t know if you remember me but I’m the girl who won your book at the Columbus comic con. I love how the two characters contrast and balance each other on different levels. This book relates to my life and my struggles a lot, I love Joey and Dorothy and I relate to Joey so much. And just thank you for this am amazing literature.

    1. Selene Castrovilla (Post author)

      Thank you so much! I do remember you, and I’m grateful to have been able to touch your soul. Connection is what literature is all about! I’m so happy you let me know.


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