The Finish by Jade Eby: Review

The Finish by Jade Eby: ReviewThe Finish by Jade Eby
on December 26th, 2014
Genres: Fiction, New Adult
Pages: 257

I loved him.

I hated him.

He was my everything.

He was my undoing.

Carter had his turn.

Now it's mine.

This is my story now.



Stacia says…

Before you read The Finish, I HIGHLY recommend you read Whiskey and a Gun. It is a short prequel to this book and it’s told completely in Carter’s (the male main character) point of view. It’s dark, gut-wrenching, disturbing, and very powerful.. all of this wrapped up into less then 100 pages. That says a lot about what type of author Jade Eby is!!

BuyWhiskey and a Gun

The Finish isn’t your typical “boy meets girl from the wrong side of the tracks, they fall in love and live happily ever after” story. No, this is a raw, heartbreaking account of how quickly two lives, once so happy in love, can change and become dark and twisted.

Tawny is a girl who was forced to grow up too quickly when both of her parents would rather party or abandon her, then take care of her. She has a pretty big chip on her shoulder from being the “trailer trash”, in a preppy town. She is used to being ignored.

Carter, the new kid in town, has plenty of reasons to keep to himself. His home life is a wreck and he has an abusive alcoholic father that forces them to move every few years rather than deal with the questions the bruises and injuries would bring. Carter chooses to be unseen by others; to keep to himself.

For some reason Tawny and Carter notice each other right away and just click. They couldn’t be more opposite, but then in some ways- like their upbringings- they couldn’t be more alike. They fall madly in love and then real life happens…

“Carter is not evil. He’s a broken man that needs me. Needs my love. I know that with enough love, I can fix everything inside of him that aches to be mended.”

Reading this book literally made my heart hurt. Even though you don’t want to see reason in why things happened the way they did, it was easy to understand Tawny’s reactions. I felt so sad for her, but also everything she thought and did made sense. I was also for sad for Carter and that he couldn’t fight the demons within. They had so much potential, and such a chance to be different than the people that raised them. There was so much love there, but sadly it wasn’t enough.

“I love him and that’s the only reason I need to stay with him.”

This book and Jade’s writing literally blew me away. It was so beautifully done and it just made me feel. I admittedly cried through a large portion of it, right down to the last three words which gave me goosebumps. I am so excited to see what Jade Eby writes next. This is a top recommendation for me and this book will be on my best reads of 2014 for sure!

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About Jade Eby

Once upon a time there was a little girl who fell in love with books then she grew up to write her own.

Jade has participated in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) seven times and enjoys copious amounts of coffee. When she’s not writing, she enjoys trashy reality T.V. and reading everything she can get her hands on.

Mommy to two dogs and two naughty kitties, she feels like she might be on her way to having a zoo. You can find her on almost every social networking site that aids in her procrastination.