Review Detail

Young Adult Indie 1193
Binge-worthy
Overall rating
 
4.8
Writing Style
 
5.0
Plot/Story
 
5.0
Illustrations (if applicable)
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable)
 
4.0
Editing/Design Quality
 
5.0
You know those books that hit you in the gut? The ones you can't look away from? That was this one for me.

The Story:
Hadley and Sam had an epic friendship before romantic feelings got involved, namely Sam's. He sees more in Hadley than she's ever seen in herself, but she doesn't feel like she belongs in his world. After her rejection, Sam cuts off all contact and moves away to live with his dad across the country.
Now he's back, but nothing is the same. Hadley hasn't had it easy and she's not the same girl he abandoned. Yet, he'll do anything to get her back into his life, because he doesn't care if they fit when he knows they're right together.

What I loved:
Just about everything. The writing style is unique and simple, but moves forward at a pace that keeps you glued to the words. My heart was beating frantically the entire time because of allll the emotions. This book made me FEEL, y'all. Hadley has had such a hard life and I just wanted her to have something, anything good. By the time I finished the book, I was crying for everything they'd been through.

What was just okay:
It took me a long time to warm up to Sam because I was so team Hadley. Some of his actions made me feel like he didn't truly love her, but I was happy Hadley found the same issues with those actions and the fact that he either wanted everything or nothing from her--sort of like an ultimatum.

Final Verdict:
The kind of story you remember long after the last page, with engaging characters, an entrancing writing style, and heartbreaking emotions.
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