Sweet Sorrow by Tricia Drammeh
“Rowan achieves her greatest desire when she earns the part of Juliet in the school play, but it’s impossible to concentrate on her lines when her secret crush is cast as Romeo. Eddie is a fallen football hero and the subject of widespread gossip. Not only has he lost the respect of his peers, he’s also earned the open animosity of Rowan’s father, the high school’s football coach. Eddie isn’t the only one with a tarnished past—Rowan has secrets of her own. When the truth is revealed, will Rowan replace Eddie as the most hated student in school, or will Rowan and Eddie share the stage together?
Note from the author: This book deals with subject matter that might be upsetting to some readers. Though it is NOT graphic or descriptive, sexual assault is discussed in this book. Please be aware before reading.” (Blurb by Tricia Drammeh)
Sweet Sorrow has been in the works for a while now, and I have to say that I am so glad that Tricia has finished it. Rowan, the main character, is a damaged young woman. Daughter of the head football coach at her school, she hides a dark secret about her ex, who happens to be the former star of the team in her dad’s eyes. After a summer of hiding under her covers as a result of her tragedy, Rowan decides that she has to attempt to go back to some kind of routine in her life. This comes in the form of auditioning for the senior play. She finds out that her new crush is also auditioning, she worries that she’ll not be able to concentrate enough to land the part.
Eddie is a troubled player that gets kicked off of the football team after some property damage at a party lands him and a few other players in jail. With all hopes of his sports scholarship dashed, Eddie turns to his secret talent of acting in an attempt to earn a scholarship that way.
The two form an instant connection after being cast in the roles of Romeo and Juliet. Their love builds quickly, but Rowan continues to hide her secret. It’s only a matter of time before Eddie finds out.
Tricia Drammeh has a knack for contemporary fiction. She understands people on a level that seems to fail so many authors. There is a sort of honesty behind how each character speaks and behaves within her stories, it seems like the cast of her novels are just plucked off of the street. Sweet Sorrow touches on victim mentality in a way that very few have been able to honestly capture. The way that she coveys Rowan is wonderful. I don’t think that I have ever personally that was actively dealing with PTSD, but the way she has written it makes it very believable without being over the top. I wouldn’t say Rowan is my favorite character that she’s ever written, but definitely top 5. The way that Rowan’s growing strength and inner turmoil are presented drew me in. I will say that the subject of rape is covered in this book and if you’re easily offended by it, or are concerned about a “trigger,” this book might not be for you. Otherwise, an absolutely stunning novel by Tricia Drammeh that you have to read.
Thank you, Tricia, for moving forward with this book. You are truly amazing.