When Liz moves to a new high school, she hopes for a fresh start. School is her escape from the violence at home and her only hope for breaking the cycle of poverty she was born into. Trying to shield her siblings from her stepfather’s fury gets harder each day so when she meets Logan, she thinks it will be a harmless distraction from the fear. She’s Wrong. Logan has the resources to change her life but at what cost? Her relationship is the best thing that ever happened to her but it could also be the worst. If she’s not careful, she may lose everyone that’s important to her. But it’s hard to be careful when you’re fifteen and in love.
Chelly’s Thoughts ❤
Home is the one place where you’re supposed to feel safe, but that isn’t true for Liz. Safe for her is anywhere outside of her home, and she would rather be anywhere else, but she feels an obligation to make sure her younger brother and sister stay safe. She has no choice but to go back.
Liz Martin wants to start over. After being away from her old school for two years (where she was previously known as “Beefy Beth”), she’s back with a new name, a new body, and a new determination to make the life she wants for herself. Rumors are flying about why she was really gone but her friends know the truth, that’s all that matters. At 15, she’s never had a boyfriend, but when Logan Cooper, the hottest senior in school, shows interest in her, she knows it would never work. He’s way out of her league, not to mention her drug-dealing perv of a step-dad, Jesse, would literally kill any guy she tried to be with, but a girl can dream, right?
Very few people know the real truth of Liz’s home life, the main one being her best friend since kindergarten, Kim. Kim’s family has tried and tried over the years to get Liz out of her home, but Liz can’t leave her siblings behind to fend for themselves. If Logan ever found out about her home life and where she lived, he’s sure to run away as fast as he can. No matter how many times he tries to reassure Liz, can she really trust him with her secrets? No one has ever made her feel special or loved, could Logan be the one to change that? When Logan finally learns the truth about the real Elizabeth Martin, will he stay or will he finally realize what she’s been saying all along, that she’s not worth it?
Safer Outside is an extremely mature, very dark, young adult novel and some people may find some of the situtions difficult to read about, but I loved it. I was very surprised that this was a debut novel from Kristina Renee, it seemed to me like she’s been writing for years. The author did a great job of developing the characters and making you feel their happiness, as well as their heartache. The main complaint I have is I wanted more! The ending felt a little bit rushed to me. There was sooo much packed into the last couple chapters, and everything happened so fast. Also, the characters were very mature for their age, I often forgot that Liz was only 15. With some of the stuff going on, I would’ve aged Liz a couple years, but all in all it was a solid read and I look forward to much more from this author.