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What I loved most about this book is how it shows how a person can get caught up in vices and addictions despite a desire and/or code of ethics not to. The main character (Bella) has a moral past, strives to be the best person she can--even after a horrible attack. Despite her resolve and people around her who care, her story shows just how complicated maintaining strength often is, how delicate the human psyche can be no matter how strong the person. I truly appreciate the authenticity of that. The author has built a rich array of characters where we really get to know Bella's whole world and the people in it thanks to seeing her from various angles. I did get frustrated with Bella's parents a lot ... but I have a feeling there will be a lot more to their stories in the next books of the series. I can't wait to read the next book, part of me thinking things are going to get worse for this poor girl, and the rest of me hoping she can find help in making it all go away. If you like getting heavily attached to your heroine, you need to pick up Addicted.
I will start with the good, Addicted does a decent job of dealing with the difficult topics (there are a few taboo topics in this book). I believe Bellas reaction to her situation is spot on, and well depicted. That being said, the timeline is all over the place, and the point of view for this book, while needed for the deep topic, isn't executed well. Also, the version of the book I read needs a serious line edit.