on August 6, 2014
Genres: Love & Romance, Young Adult
I’ve destroyed everything in my life and now I’m left with nothing.
Alone and scared.
Broken and shattered.
But I’ve found a way to deal with it.
Instead of all the pain being on the inside, I make the outside ache too. Anything to make it easier to breathe.
Until one beautiful morning when I look outside and see her.
She tries to help me…
But I’m lost.
And I’m not sure I can ever be found.
When I read the synopsis for this book, I was really not sure what I was going in to. This is Kristy Love’s debut novel and it was solid at that. This is not your typical teenager romance…it is so much more than that. It is about pain, grief, remorse, and eventually acceptance.
Will is not your average teenage boy. He was homeschooled by his church-abiding parents and forced to live a very straighten arrow childhood. At times, he is very naïve as he really didn’t have any friends when he was growing up and his parents very strict. When a tragedy leaves him parentless he is forced to live with his Aunt halfway across the country. Each and every day is a struggle for him to get up. He is literally being eaten alive by his parent’s passing and blames himself for it entirely.
Ryanne and Jax are Will’s Aunt’s neighbors. They are brother and sister whose father is non-existent. Ryanne has been forced to raise Jax for the last few years. Once Ryanne sees Will staring at her through the window, she knows she to make him her friend. She is just that type of person, always thinking of everyone but her. Jax and Will are the same age so they bond quickly, well at least as quickly Will allows it. Being burned in the past along with his upbringing he deems himself unworthy of having friends. Ryanne and Will’s friendship turns into something more after so many ups and downs but it is completely worth it in the end.
I did have a slight problem with Ryanne and Will’s relationship. I didn’t really feel like I “connected” with them. I wanted to FEEL their passion not just be told about it. On a side note, I did enjoy the great friendship that Jax and Ryanne had. You could tell that these two were not only siblings but also friends.
Kristy did a great job dealing with such a sensitive subject, I give her mad props for that.