Synopsis of Stripped
College freshman Quinn Montgomery will do anything to avoid the mistake her sister made—killing herself over a boy. But when she is forced into nude modeling at a local college to support her family after a bankruptcy, she begins to crack, just enough to let Torrin, the university’s top varsity oarsman, see that the real Quinn is not as feisty and unapproachable as she wants everyone to think. But letting someone in comes at a steep cost and, it turns out, Torrin is connected to Quinn’s family in more ways than she could ever imagine.
Quinn Montgomery’s life has spun out of control. Her family is in the midst of a scandal, leaving her father unemployed and Quinn is struggling with both the death of her sister and paying for her own education. As a result of all of this heartbreak, Quinn holds everyone she meets at an arms length and puts up walls so high and thick that it’s nearly impossible to see what is behind them. She is afraid to let anyone get too close to her and most of all afraid to allow herself to love someone.
Torrin finds Quinn to be a bit of a mystery and even though most of her comments directed at him are snarky, he still wants to befriend her despite her tough exterior (much to Quinn’s dismay).
The characters in Stripped were not only unique, but also believable. While I wanted to smack Quinn at times, her character was very well written. As a reader, I could feel the sheer amount of pain and frustration she was feeling over the mess that her life has become. I loved her interactions with Torrin and the relationship that develops between two people who have both been badly hurt by their pasts. I found myself smiling at (and kind of crushing on) Torrin every time he brushed off one of Quinn’s insults or gave her a glimpse into his own life and sometimes wondered why he kept coming back.
I was so emotionally invested in Stripped and the characters that I hated to put it down, even to work or sleep. Brooklyn Skye h
as written a story full of skeletons hiding in closets, realistic and likeable characters, and very touching, heartfelt moments.
Stripped is a great addition to the NA genre. It was heart wrenching at some points and hilarious at others. I highly recommend it for readers in their late teens to mid twenties, as so many readers will be able to relate to the stories of Quinn and Torrin.
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