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Young Adult Fiction 2218
Gritty, Heart-wrenching, Beautiful
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
What I Loved: It's not often that a book leaves me at a loss for words, but this one did. I read it fairly quickly although I wouldn't classify it as a "fast read" because if you skip over any part then you'll miss vital pieces of this story which is as complex and beautiful as it's characters. Nastya and Josh are unique and an interesting mix of strength and vulnerability. Both are broken in ways that most people can't begin to fathom but it's in that shared loss they're able to connect and help each other.

Perceptions and first impressions play a key role in this story but once the characters begin to reveal themselves it becomes obvious how misconstrued those impressions are.

My first impressions:

Natsya - Angrypants

Josh - Untouchable

Drew - Captain Inappropriate


Lasting Impressions:

Natsya - Strong

Josh - Unconditional love

Drew - Loyal (He could totally be my BFF!)

Drew's Mom - What to strive for.

What Left Me Wanting: The cover snob in me says this one does not do this book justice even though it does show elements that tie into the story. Pacing was a little slow in the beginning for me and it seemed to take forever before there was any kissing.

Final Verdict: Gritty, heart-wrenching, beautiful story of love, forgiveness and second chances. Read it.

Favorite Quote(s):

"He hasn't given me a place to sit. He's given me a place to belong." ~ Nastya

"I imagine she came out of the birth canal holding a cupcake and a spatula." ~ Josh

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