Carter and Tawny have a story to tell – but you won’t like what they have to say.
Follow as they each get their turn in this coming-of-age tragic story about love gone wrong.
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I’m going to start by saying that this book is heavy. The content? It’s brutal. It’s in your face, rip your heart brutal. But, sadly, it’s reality. You might of been a Tawny. Or might be now. Or know somebody like her. This book opened up a lot of personal memories for me. It had me crying. Ugly crying. With that being said, I have to say, this probably is one of my new favorite books of all time. In all the books I have read, this was a first of this content. It’s a rough book to read, but I am so glad I did.
This book is about 2 teenagers, Carter and Tawny. Who meet in high school. He’s the all American good looking popular boy. And she’s…..well, she’s what they call “from the wrong side of the tracks.”
With Tawny, what you see is what you get. You know her life is shit. There’s no hiding that. But with Carter, there are things he hides very well. Horrific things. So they form a friendship. Which then turns to more. And we go on a 10 year journey (nightmare) with them. This book is about pain, suffering, choosing, bravery, gut wrenching sadness. And so many more things that I can’t say without giving the book away. Just know this, Jade Eby is a brilliant writer. When an author can actually make you feel…dare I say compassion for the villain… please don’t hate me!! But I did. In a few parts I just wanted to climb in and hug the shit out of Carter. Because he was so broken. So damaged. I kept praying he could be fixed. That they will be ok. But, in these situations, they usually never are. And Tawny, dear god Tawny. Some might think she was weak or strong. To me. She is one of the strongest heroines I’ve read in a long time. So much strength. And courage. When needed. She is my new favorite person.
There will be times when reading, that you need to stop and catch your breath, or hug your partner and tell them you love them and thank them (I did this) because after reading this, it gave me a whole new appreciation for my husband. For giving me a life, to where l never have to worry or be frightened. Thank you, Jason. And thank you, Miss Eby, for writing this amazingly, beautifully brutal book.
When I heard Candi talking about Dirty Proof and read the synopsis, I knew I wanted to read it. I was admittedly concerned when I realized Dirty Proof held the same story once from Carter’s POV and once from Tawny’s, though. I often get bored when authors do this. There isn’t enough differential feeling to make a plot interesting enough to read twice. Jade did it though. God, did she do it.
This book broke me. It gutted me. Cut me open and left me raw with no intention of fixing me. I cried more than once. When your throat tightens and you can’t fight the overflow… I fought it multiple times, but in the end I didn’t win. The reality of this book is brutal. It’s partially why it’s so moving and poignant. Jade wrote Carter and Tawny where you taste the words. Every fiber of your being tastes these words. Their actions and emotions latch on to you and you can’t help but hold on tight. You want to have hope for them, to be support through the fear and sorrow. You just want… I couldn’t stop reading until I got to the end. When the end came? It was a contradiction of feelings. I felt lost, but safe. I wanted more, yet it was the perfect ending.
Jade’s writing is brilliant. You’re not just reading this story. You are, for better or worse, living it as you read. I held my breath, wanted to throw my Kindle, wanted to scream at the characters… Dirty Proof is a beautiful story. It just is. It strips you down to such bare emotion that you won’t understand until you read it for yourself.
About the Author
I’ve had my nose in a book or a pen in my hand since I can first remember.
Reading and writing have always been second nature for me. They are as integral to me as the air I breathe and the words I speak. I knew from a very young age that I would grow up to work with words in some capacity. I thought, perhaps I’ll be a librarian. No, a literary agent. How about a copywriter? But the entire time, my heart would whisper, “you’re going to be an author.”
I spent most of my youth and my teenage years with a book in my hand and wrote “stories.” (I use the term loosely as I wrote many. And many were thrown in the trash). I then went to the University of Northern Iowa and when a professor realized I wasn’t getting the proper writing attention I needed, he suggested I attend the University of Iowa to study under their prestigious writing program. So I did. I graduated in 2011 with my B.A. in English Literature and Creative Writing. I took a job as a Creative Writer at a top-notch higher education marketing firm in 2012 and just recently left to pursue writing full time.
In August of 2013, I released my first novel The Right Kind of Wrong and have since published Whiskey and a Gun (a prequel novella) and several short stories in the Back to Bad Series. Check back often for release dates and current books I’m working on.
My passion, dedication and perseverance have led me to where I’m at today. Happy, successful and living my dream every. single. day.