- File Size: 3654 KB
- Print Length: 296 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1721690719
- Publication Date: July 1, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07DT2XKM1
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is a love triangle and the overview says it is not. Although the author provided an explanation for how Rory treated Cody, her first love in book one, I felt she was rude and disrespectful to him by not responding to his many letters when he clearly was still interested in her. When she started to date his best friend I feel she owed him the curtesy of letting him know and she should have at least gone to his graduation as a friend as she knew he had no one else.
In book one, she was so in love with Cody one day, and then bam, just dismisses him. She pursued Cody over and over and then just dropped him because of his position in the Air Force when she knew going in that he may be stationed away from home. This didn’t seem to bother her though about his best friend Stryder who was also in the Air Force. I have no respect for Rory even though I admired her commitment to her family and her relationship with her mom. I don’t want to give too much away but you will see what I mean if you read this book. This is why I gave it such a low rating. This book is really not about Cody, he doesn't appear too often in the Downside of Love. It's about how Rory and Stryder get together and their journey which is heartfelt on his part. I find Rory very weak. I understand her need to want to help her brother but she had lots of other options should she had wished to stay with Cody. He offered to give up his dream for her and it appeared she let him go because of what was best for him, but she obviously just led him on.
I did like both male leads, Colby and Stryder, but feel Colby deserves better. I just wish Stryder would have stood up to his father and moved out on his own. The Air Force provides a salary and housing yet he did neither to make it on his own. I felt Rory was only with Stryder because he was there (physically in the same town) and he needed her.
Spoiler alert: I wish I never read the epilogue as I did not like how it ended with Colby meeting a certain someone at a bar. I wished he could just meet someone new rather than be tied to Rory his entire life with the assumption that he was going to get involved with her best friend, Ryan.
The Upside of Falling was amazing, so I have to say, the ending left me very unsettled and I couldn’t wait, I had to immediately dive into The Downside of Love.
I read the entirety of this story with a lump in my throat and an upset stomach. I was questioning why the first book even took place. Everything that was gone through, the persistence, the breaking down of walls, the hope provided, the love shown. And I just didn’t get it, because Rory wanted someone who would stay, and Colby was willing to do that for her, like he said, dreams change, and to know for a year and half he held out hope, still wrote her, still hung on, her disregard for him and the love they shared hurt so bad to see disregarded and thrown away.
But hold on, because Meghan Quinn brought it all to light. Because there’s a flip side, there’s more, and Meghan’s words and the heart and soul in them, brought this heartbreaking story to light.
Stryder. He is so lost and so broken that you can’t help but feel for him. He is at rock bottom and spiraling quickly. The slow build of friendship between he and Rory is his lifeline. Seeing him find life and purpose again is heartwarming.
There were some things that I feel could’ve helped me get through this transition a little easier, had they been expounded on. Colby’s grandfather is his life, his world, I cannot believe that over the course of the year and a half he would have never once been home to visit him, and in that time reached out to Rory, the love of his life, or Stryder, his best friend with whom they had shared so much. I also struggled with the fact, that in the beginning of Stryder and Rory’s blossoming friendship, if Stryder truly felt so guilty, why didn’t he reach out to Colby. And another thing that left me very unsettled was the fact that Colby continued to write Rory letters and Rory never had the decency to reached out to him to tell him she was moving on with her life and to quit waiting for her, quit holding out hope. That was distressing for me.
But even with these factors, Meghan Quinn’s thought-provoking and heartfelt writing made me shed some of my frustration and see the love and reasoning behind all of the heartache and see this story and these relationships for what they were.
Meghan Quinn has brought us a sincere, honest, and very real story. It’s filled with ups and downs, it’s filled with heartache, it’s fill with sacrifice and selflessness, and it’s filled with so much hope and love and strength. It’s a heartfelt story that makes you feel.
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