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I knew going in that this book would take me on an emotional roller coaster and that it would pull out all the feels from me, especially after reading the first few pages and getting that gut feeling that I knew what was coming, at least with that situation. What I didn’t expect, though I did hope for, was how emotionally invested I’d become in each of the characters and their journey, nor which character ended up being the one I connected with the most. I couldn’t put Dear Life down, in fact I had it open on the counter as I cooked dinner and am lucky I didn’t end up burning my dinner, because I was so invested and ended up staying up past my bedtime just to finish it.
I’m going to step away from my typical reviewing MO for this one because this is a book that you truly need to experience without bias in order to appreciate the impact of what Jace, Daisy, Hollyn and Carter go through. So what I will say is that the journey that each character goes on will touch your heart and maybe even your soul. You will find pieces that will sing to you because of your own experiences with love, loss, pain and the struggle to take the next step. There will be times that you will be irritated and frustrated with them and their choices, or lack thereof, but in the end you will celebrate their accomplishments and know that the rocky road they traversed was more than worth it in the end.
As for that character that I connected with the most, the one who I didn’t expect to connect with upon first meeting? That character was Daisy. Why is it a surprise? Because on the outside I saw her as my polar opposite in so many ways, but as the story progressed I found that what she was looking for was not all that different than what I am every day. As for the others, Carter and Jace are definitely on my book boyfriend list because they encompass everything I love about alpha males, even the bad stuff. And though Hollyn appears to be last in line, she isn’t. The strength she found within herself when she didn’t think she had any was a sight to see.
To say that this book was an experience is an understatement. I laughed. I cried. I wanted to toss my Kindle into the freezer because I was frustrated with the characters. There were a couple things I wished there had more of, but they are minor in the big scheme of things because I loved where everyone was at the end of the book and I highly recommend Dear Life because you never know what it has to offer if you only take a chance on it.
~ Copy received via Wordsmith Publicity & voluntarily reviewed ~
Regardless, the characters are great (if a bit stereotypical), the story line is entertaining (and I loved the way it was written...from countering POVs, including their letters), and I actually laughed out loud a few times, which is a great thing.
Bottom line, the story was just a little too perfectly wrapped up for me. All the problems are worked out, all the mean people become likable, and everybody lives happily ever after. Meh. Nevertheless, I still think it's worth reading and I plan to read this author's other works.
Quinn is amazing. She did something amazing with these four characters. If you follow my reviews, which I’m sure there are very few lol. You would know that I do not like more than two POV’s because it becomes confusing. But this is the first time, that I loved it. I loved all the characters. Hollyn, Jace, Daisy, and Carter. I cried, I laughed through this whole story, their story. In all honesty, It really didn’t help this cold I have. Since I can barely breathe through my nose.
Their struggles, the realness that leaped off the pages. I rooted for them. I almost felt like I was this cheerleader on the sidelines. And god the ending. I’m not going to say what happens because that would be rude of me. But it brought a whole new perspective. The book is more than these fictional characters. The author poured her heart and soul into this. And it really shows.
Overall, If I could give this book more than Five Stars, I would. There is no rating that can define, Dear Life. It’s on its own pedestal.
Based around a weekly support group, we're introduced to Daisy, Carter, Hollyn and Jace. Each suffering in their own way, all feeling a loss on how to manage life as it is right now. From their first awkward meeting, we get to watch as all 4 stumble with what they may or may not learn from each new lesson given them by the director of the program. Each character is such a stand-out. I dare you not to fall for each of them. Even through their struggles which is relayed with each having chapters in their POV's, they are so wonderfully lovable, I just fell hard for each and every one.
There is such supreme joy with the way the author handles the day to day with these characters and it's mixed with the right amount of sweet to make it one of the most endearing stories I have read in a long, long time. There are many obstacles before these 4 find their firm footing but it's done with a smart sense of humor and a tenderness that was over the top touching.
I hope we might hear from this crew again, each one extremely special that I honestly didn't want to let go.
A huge 5 stars for a book I can't recommend highly enough