Local author Tracy May tells a raw story of two relatable teenage girls dealing with real life problems


Laura longs to be loved. The problem is, she doesn’t believe she’s worthy of it. Her attempts to find Mr Right have only led to a bad girl reputation and a person she no longer recognises as herself. After a devastating incident at a summer party Laura is forced to re-evaluate her life.

Jess is gorgeous and smart with a good girl reputation, but all is not perfect in Jess’s world. The death of her baby brother leads to her mum’s breakdown, and as Jess struggles to come to terms with her new reality she develops obsessive compulsive disorder.

Through the hurt, betrayal, loss and heartbreak, Laura’s and Jess’s lives become entangled again, in a story that’s real and compelling.

There’s one thing that both Jess and Laura will come to understand: no matter what has happened in their pasts, it doesn’t have to define their future.

This is Tracy May’s first novel. As well as writing, Tracy loves reading, eating, running and cuddling her cat Pongo. Tracy has a degree in Psychology and is a qualified Life Coach. Tracy works in London as an Executive Assistant, and her and her husband John, split their time between Ongar, Essex and St Leonard’s on Sea, Sussex.

Tracy says, “This is the book that I wish someone had handed me as a teenager. It’s raw and gritty and deals with real life, but it also offers hope when we screw up. I would love this book to empower readers to challenge a society that says they must look and behave a certain way in order to be accepted and to fit in. It’s my hope that anyone who finds this book in their hands will be inspired to embrace who they really are and to live authentically as themselves. Ultimately, I’ve achieved my goal in writing this book, if at the end of the story, the reader has found fresh hope; understanding that no matter what has happened in their past, it doesn’t have to define their future. It’s never too late to exchange lies for truth.”

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