The Girl She Used To Be is my July Favorite. David Cristofano's first novel, and an exceptional display of writing ability sold me within the first few pages. Melody Grace McCartney does not have a normal life, since the age of six she has been part of WITSEC (witness protection program) after her whole family witnessed a brutal murder by the local mafia boss. Now 20 years later Melody is still having to be protected, and no longer has her family allowing her to maintain a semi normal life. Melody finds herself bored with the current life she is living, and makes a few calls that she knows will cause change. Only the change that Melody finds is not what she anticipated; Jonathan is tall, dark, and handsome with charms and riches that demands everyones respect. When Melody begins questioning everything she knows; she must decide if this stranger can be trusted even though he is the enemies son.
This book was an exceptional read, with just the right amount of romance and suspense to keep the reader guessing. I can not believe that this is David Cristofano's first novel. I have also just heard that "The Girl She Used To Be" is going to be made into a movie. It has been picked up by Mark Johnson's Gran Via (THE NOTEBOOK AND MY SISTER'S KEEPER) and Julie Lynn (THE JANE AUSTEN BOOK CLUB). I will be anxiously awaiting more information about this movie, and will pass it along as I hear more.