Catch Me by Claire Contreras

Book Review:

My first opportunity to read a novel by Claire Contreras and I am thrilled that I took the opportunity! A coming-of-age storyline with a twist, this New Adult story is sure to find many fans.

Brooklyn is a child of privilege: a music producer father and a model mother, her life was one of money, famous parties and never-ending opportunity.  It was only missing love.  At 25, her life is in turmoil as she is trying to reclaim a sense of balance and find the woman she wants to become. 
Increasingly emotional revelations expose Brooklyn’s every thought, baring her soul as she struggles with her own issues: self-esteem, loyalty, friendships, sexuality, her own addiction and depression issues and the ever-present pressure from family.  Many of the feelings and concerns Brooklyn expresses are present for all of us at one time or another: the unending jenga pile of insecurities would be daunting if not for the underlying determination to succeed and be someone despite those niggling thoughts keeps her real.  With honest and caring relationships and interactions that are highlighted with her cousin, brother and occasional boyfriend Shea, their reliance on her is telling.

There is a core level of emotional honesty in this story that manages to place the reader into another’s shoes: yes it is fictionalized, but several difficult issues are discussed including depression, body image and addictions,  and there are several moments where the pages just fly by: despite the details.  There is a romance, that starts as a series of questions and leaves Brooklyn open to a whole other level of self-doubt and recrimination: for despite all else, she is a child with a name that means something to people.

I thoroughly enjoyed the story: Contreras managed to halt Brooklyn’s emotional maturity at that of a young teen, precisely where she started relying on drugs and alcohol to numb her daily life.  While she starts out with the attitude and reactions of a young teen, she is working to grow up to become someone else, and her reliance on the old ways and occasionally old relationships is not for her.  We see that growth and learning, and while her journey is often painful and can bring a tear, the changes are hard won and well worth the effort.

Detailed and specific, yet encompassing issues from a perspective that all can understand, the relationship, romance and daily struggles that Brooklyn faces are beautifully presented and make a page turning read.  While not recommended for readers under 18 because of language, sexual content and drug references, this is a story that presents a realistic portrait of a young woman finding her place in the world.

Catch Me by Claire Contreras

Title: Catch Me
Author: Claire Contreras
Published by: Self-Published
Format:eARC
Source: Corvisiero Literary Agency
Pages: 361
Rated: five-stars
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November 17, 2013...

In the past, I've always been given everything I've wanted, but nothing that I truly needed. I've experienced a lot of things in my twenty-five years, everything except the one thing I want. It's the one thing that can’t be bought. It can't even be taken, it has to be given. And nobody has ever given it to me, not really anyway.

Not until him.

Music is the center of both our lives, but as he found his place in it, I lost my way. He soared, while I spiraled down a destructive path.

I lost myself in more ways than I can count.

The ironic thing is that I didn’t realize how lost I was until he found me.

And now that he has, I have to wonder if he'll stay around long enough to catch me.

A copy of this title was provided via Corvisiero Literary Agency for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 18 years of age due to drug and alcohol use / violence and/or sexual content in a genre not specified as Erotic.

About Claire Contreras

Claire Contreras graduated with her BA in Psychology from Florida International University. She lives in Miami, Florida with her husband, two little boys, and three dogs.
Her favorite past times are: daydreaming, writing, and reading.

She has been described as a random, sarcastic, crazy girl with no filter.

Life is short, and it’s more bitter than sweet, so she tries to smile as often as her face allows. She enjoys stories with happy endings, because life is full of way too many unhappy ones or ones that will scare the daylights out of her and have her looking over her shoulder at every turn. Like I said, she’s very random.