- File Size: 611 KB
- Print Length: 207 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Kaisa Clark (July 15, 2015)
- Publication Date: July 15, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B010BLZE1C
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,454,801 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Alexa loves numbers, gets called Lex by Adam. She works at Milano's. She wants to be with Adam. Adam is studying pre med, he works at Milano's. He looked up how to make girls laugh. Damien's friend. Damien is Adam's friend, works at Milano's. Carly works at Milano's Alexa and Anabelle's friend. Anabelle is Alexa's friend, works at Milano's.
This is my first book by Kaisa Clark and it wont be my last. This book is very well written and the characters are very well developed. I loved how I felt very connected to the characters, I also loved that I was drawn in from the first page.
For me, the story had the effect of reading a young woman’s diary – filled with the play-by-play details of her love life. While reading, I questioned the plot and message of the story. Unfortunately, I’m not convinced there was any. The whole of the story revolves around the emotional highs and lows of Adam and Alexa’s relationship. There is no growth to Alexa’s character; no lesson learned from her experiences. Despite this, there was no denying how much Alexa loved Adam. That came through very clear.
The big reveal of Adam’s issue at the end left me unsatisfied. There was very little mention or buildup to it, and I when it was revealed, it was difficult to feel moved by his situation. I was, however, emotionally invested in Alexa. Though I wanted her and Adam together, I would've liked for her to get a backbone and call him out for all the pain and grief he put her through. He should've made a grand gesture to win her back.
I thought the author did a wonderful job of conveying the narrator’s emotions and they came off as realistic.
**Copy of book provided by the author for honest review
The characters were pretty relatable, and I did enjoy the story but the pacing of the story especially toward the end seemed a little rushed. Like there should be another few chapters or maybe another book (maybe if we get a book that tells the story from Adam's POV it would make it more complete) The epilogue does give you some closure to the end of the story but I'm a greedy reader and I think if the book was a little longer it would have been a excellent 5 star read, I still give it a solid 4 star rating though. Because it was adorable at parts, had some good comic relief at times it has all the elements I look for in a romance story.
but then….there’s so much push and pull and push and pull and crying and drinking and crying WHILE drinking and oh good lord I’m tired.
Adam and Alexa have a summer together…well, technically 31 days since they don’t actually get together until closer to the end of the summer, but I digress. Once Adam returns to school 300 miles away, they struggle to figure out whether their summer love can last or if it dissipated as the air turned crisp.
The long distance relationship thingy that they had was undefined and exhausting. For two people who are adults, they never actually talked about anything really important and that drove me nuts. I did a long distance relationship for three years and while it blew, I didn’t turn into a non functioning person when he wasn’t around. The codependency here was a little outrageous and made me want to shake Alexa.
Additionally, not that I really needed more drama, but there was always the hint of it to come and that left me on edge for about 60% of this book. *pulls hair* Of course, this is perfect if you’re looking for a relationship angsty read.
However, when Adam and Alexa came together and opened up to one another it was wonderful, fulfilling, and completely adorable. I was grinning right along with Alexa, happy because she was. I loved their inside jokes, love of ice cream, birthday connection and long drives of nothingness. Their hugs and caresses felt real and there was no denying their love for another.
I suppose I just wished that they communicated more, that the Big Secret that Adam withholds was told sooner and that I had more of an afterglow to bask in. However, I had no complaints about the writing and I’d definitely read from this author again.
Overall, lots of likes and some dislikes, but it was an enjoyable read. Calm Like Home kept me on edge but also made me smile with outstanding love. three stars!
[I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review]
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