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Brogen Mathers can’t deal with teen drama…

As an empath, she is constantly bombarded with other people’s energies. Despite coping techniques taught by her psychologist mother, it’s often too much to bear, forcing her to avoid most activities a typical high school junior would enjoy.

Jay Wilken won’t let his past define him…

A dead mother and an alcoholic father brought Jay to Stanton, but he doesn’t want pity. His good looks, charisma, and friendly nature quickly win over the whole student body, but he has his eye on one girl…Brogen.

Brogen can’t believe anyone could be so genuinely nice. It has to be an act, right? But when Jay literally saves her from deadly jaws, she has to admit he’s exactly what he appears, and he’s worth risking the potential emotional upheaval.

“Drama” might as well be Becca Grant’s middle name…

Another newcomer to Stanton, Becca’s blonde beauty and abundant attitude shoots her straight to the top of the popularity charts—and she believes Jay belongs right there beside her. Accustomed to getting exactly what she wants, she launches a relentless mean-girl campaign to shake up Brogen and claim Jay for her own.

Everything changes with a devastating diagnosis…

When Jay learns he has a rare and potentially fatal disorder, he keeps it secret and begins to push Brogen away to spare her future pain—which is exactly the sort of opening Becca is waiting for.

As Jay’s well-meaning deception unravels,

Brogen realizes there is much more than her heart at stake…

But how far is she willing to go to fight for someone she loves?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1039 KB
  • Print Length: 182 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1680581724
  • Publisher: Limitless Publishing LLC (16 June 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a typical high school story-a peak into the lives surrounding someone learning to live with Vascular Ehlers Danlos Syndrome 16 September 2014
By Anne R. - Published on
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When this book begins, it appears to be about typical high school friendships eventually developing into a relationship between two seemingly normal teenagers, Jay and Brogen. But as the story progresses, we learn that Brogen is an Empath and she can sense when something bad is going to happen to someone she cares about. We also see Jay learn that he has a genetic disorder, Vascular Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, which affects all of the collagen in his body. Throughout the book, we see how Jay responds to Brogen and others around him as he learns how to process this diagnosis and the profound effect it has on his future and his life. We see instances of how fragile his skin, blood vessels and organs are due to this disorder. Because of this, we also get a taste for how serious this condition is and the extra precautions needed if surgery is indicated, as it is such a life-threatening condition.

Being a person who lives with Vascular Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (vEDS) myself, I was eager to read this book and see how it was portrayed. Although this is a fictional book, I was very happy with the realistic portrayal of the lives surrounding someone diagnosed with vEDS. It shared the emotions of the person with the diagnosis as well as the emotions of the close friends and family members who support the person living with this diagnosis. It fairly represented the disbelief, anger, sadness and fear that a person goes through when receiving this diagnosis. Although this book was not a biography for any one specific person, it certainly could be many people's story who live with vEDS in their lives somehow. There were situations in the story that brought tears to my eyes, and situations that made me very happy. I appreciate the author taking the time to write a story that can create more awareness to the community about what it is like to live with vEDS or to be a friend or family member of the person living with vEDS.

I highly recommend taking the time to read this book!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a unique YA book! 5 stars! 27 September 2015
By carissa backherms - Published on
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Oh my, I was so caught up in this book and couldn't stop reading, even if I wanted to--and I didn't!!! This is a beautiful young adult love story about love, friendship, drama--the usual stuff, right? Wrong. These characters are so different, and I felt so connected to Jay and Brogen that I wanted to hug them! Brogen is an empath, which basically means she's bombarded by everyone's emotions around her. It's so overwhelming for her that she withdraws from most people and activities. But the new guy--sweet, handsome Jay--won't allow that to happen any longer. He's crazy about her, even though he has other mean girls vying for his heart. Like Becca, whose character I loathed! But then Jay finds out he has a dangerous, rare disorder called VEDs. Instead of telling Brogen, he retreats, threatening to destroy the one good thing they both have. Boy, this story was intense and beautiful. The writing was superb and loved every bit of the plot. The ending is perfect and the beginning had me hooked. Needless to say, I'm a total D.A. Roach fan now! This book also brings awareness to a disorder that I know the author herself is passionate about, which tugged on my heart strings and made me love it even more.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes the most vulnerable, courageous warriors teach us the most priceless life-lessons 21 September 2014
By CMB-DDB - Published on
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This is what you'll discover in this book. I absolutely loved this book and the name,"Rarity" = "Priceless". It is a beautiful, true to life story where the author teaches many invaluable life lessons. Whether it is about true friendship, or figuring out what truly matters and is important in this world. The characters are compelling and relatable. This book takes you on a teenager's journey through overcoming fears, heartaches, hardships, emotional struggles and dealing with life's adversities. It's these life experiences, the people we meet along the way who help to shape us and make us stronger and into the people that we are meant to be in this world. The author was so right, there are no coincidences! Life events can mold us and change our lives in ways that we could never imagine. They also teach us alot about ourselves. If we're blessed to meet that one special person whom we emotionally connect with, they are the ones that help us to look deep inside of ourselves and that's when we will be profoundly changed in positive ways. Our eyes begin to open to a whole new world where time, moments and memories are so very precious..."priceless" in fact.

This would be a great read for those teenagers who are struggling with a diagnosis and for their family members. Those who have been personally touched in one way or another by Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (vEDS) or any rare disorder. It's a raw look at the true ups and downs of life and what you have to do to overcome and continue on to live life to the matter what circumstances are put in our path. I believe whoever reads it will be able to gain strength and learn one of the most important lessons in, live and laugh.

I have been personally affected by his rare disorder so it was a very emotional read on so many different levels for me. I laughed, felt many different raw emotions and I even cried. I think the author nailed all the pertinent issues, the feelings, emotions, advice and symptoms of vEDS, perfectly. And...

"The gift of knowledge"... I think we all wish we could be given this gift. I know I did!

Thank you for writing this beautiful, enlightening book. And bringing awareness and education to Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (vEDS)
2.0 out of 5 stars It did not work for me. 10 December 2015
By CJ - Published on
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The topic was very serious , but the heroine was very immature. She was too judgmental. She sees two new kids in her class and she immediately thinks about what social ladder and rank they will be in. I loved the premise, but some things did not work for me. First the heroine's mother is the hero's doctor. I don't think doctors are even allowed to tell people who is or isn't their patient. Then the heroine tells her BFF, Meg, everything. EVERYTHING. I was surprised she did not call her to tell her how many times she used the bathroom.

The relationship and verbiage felt awkward and immature. The heroine has this "gift" empathy. I honestly thought that this book was going to be a paranormal the way the heroine went on and on about how she can feel things.

A new boy comes to school. The heroine and he develop friendship or relationship, I don't know for sure. It all felt off and forced. She thinks he flirts with the other new girl, but he doesn't, then he does when he thinks that the heroine has blown him off. The heroine has a lot of trust issues since her father abandoned her. The father cheated on her mother and started dating an attractive blonde woman. The heroine stresses that she does not want a man who will do that to her. There is a lot of miscommunication. Later, the hero finds out some awful news and the story takes a different turn.

The heroine and the verbiage did not work for me. It may work for you.
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved Jay and Brogen's story! 25 July 2015
By Lydia - HEA Bookshelf | MBMB - Published on
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RARITY by D.A. Roach was like a breath of fresh air. I’ve been quickly becoming a huge fan of YA Romances, and DA Roach solidified it. Her writing style was so easy to follow and connect with, that I could not help but love it. If you’re a fan of Young Adult novels, you really need to pick this one up!

While reading, I couldn’t contain my need to hug Brogen and Jay. You see, Brogen was an empath, so having your emotions get all screwed up because of other people’s feelings, is NOT a walk in the park. I felt for her. And she was in high school, mind you, which is the place where hormones and emotions run on full speed!! Let’s not even discuss the drama factor. Sheesh. But thankfully, her mom would guide her and help her deal with everything so that she wouldn’t suffer panic attacks. To top things off, she had to deal with her dad, whom I was NOT a fan of.

“Each day I grew more intrigued, and each day I became more attracted to him.”

Jay. Oh, gosh. Jay. What a guy!!! He and his story definitely pulled on my heart. Once he and Brogen met, they became friends. How could they not? It’s like they were made for each other. They didn’t have thing easy though. From rabid dogs to catty Jay’s condition. Yeah. But Brogen stood by his side.

While reading, certain scenes made my heart ache, beat faster, and even STOP. So the fact that DA Roach evoked such emotions from me was yet another plus!

“What happened to us? I has a normal life – quiet, one amazing friend, no drama – before you came into town. Then you show up, save my life, and shower me with kindness and charisma. I let you in. I never let anyone in. Then, as fast as you drew me in, you pushed me away. And now? Here I am…without you and drowning….”

I’m a sucker for angst and there was tons of it in this book! Have I mentioned how much I enjoyed RARITY? Because I sure did!! And oh!! Meg – LOVED HER. She was the funny and awesome best friend that always called it like she saw it. Ha. Her character really made me giggle more times than I can count.

All in all, RARITY was a great book I highly recommend you one-click! Look forward to reading more from DA Roach!

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