Derailed is one of those stories that just called to me - almost demanding that I read it. And as I settled in to do so, I at once felt at home in the small town of Clayton Falls, where most of this story takes place. The characters fill the pages with their emotions, dreams, and issues - especially the main character, Molly. I felt a kinship with her right away (possibly a small portion because she shares my name!) Molly has been through a great deal of heart-ache, and watching her struggle to deal with that, and rise above her circumstances really endeared me to her.
Author Alyssa Rose Ivy has created a heart-warming story with Derailed. Not only are the characters true-to-life, but so are their reactions and their actions. Everything feels genuine, from the dialogue, to the relationships, be it friendships or romances. My heart went out to Molly, and Ben. I could feel the tension and the memories between them, and I was definitely rooting for them. Their history made me want them to work as a couple, but also, afraid for them. At times they were sweet to one another, even though there were moments when I wanted to shake them both.
Derailed is a page-turner; I read it eagerly, captivated by the story unfolding. Although I felt there was too much emphasis placed on the dialogue, and at times, wished for a bit more "showing," versus "telling," all in all, Alyssa's story is seriously cute and gave me the warm-and-fuzzies for sure - which I like! Molly and Ben are a fantastic couple, and I hope to read more about them, and about Clayton Falls!