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What I liked:
I really liked the writing style of Maggi Myers. It is what kept me engaged for the most part, especially for the few times when things rang so false it took me out of the story.
It's nice that Beth's family clearly love her and want to protect her and see her happy, even her parents eventually.
It's nice to think about epic love stories actually existing, even if they don't make the most sense in the context of this novel.
What I didn't like:
The law bungling with Drew and Tommy. It took me right out of the book because it's not something any semi-competent D.A. will write off on.
Beth's handling the abuse. At some points, it seemed realistic, but more often it didn't ring true at all.
Sacrificing a good character to get the pining lovers back together. The way in which he was offed was at least somewhat realistic, especially because it was out of nowhere. However, it was ultimately done to lead other characters back to each other so I was a little annoyed.
What I'm confused about:
A lot of the book, it feels like the audience is being told rather than shown. As a result, the story and the characters feels more shallow than they should.
The timeline! I can never quite figure out when things are happening. The time skips just made it a lot harder for me to figure it out. While I don't mind time skips in general (I actually like non-linear time lines), this wasn't really well done. Markers of time didn't seem to match up to gadgets or names, which lead me to confusion.
To sum up, I liked reading the book despite the problems I had with it. When a new book of hers comes out, I definitely won't avoid it.
NOTE: There are graphic sexual acts in this novel, including child molestation scenes. If this is something that is going to disturb you, you might want to skip this book.
I just found the relationship between Ryan and Beth totally unbelievable. It's actually pathetic how scarred for life they are by their one day together as teenagers. And it treats sexual abuse so lightly, as if it's nothing that a little star-crossed romance can't fix. I will give the book two stars for starting out strong and keeping me reading (it's a very fast read) but the characters are poorly developed and the romance was about as ridiculous and unimaginative as anything I've ever read. I can only hope that the author was 17 or younger when she wrote it, because it reads like a little girl's fantasy.
There were moments throughout the story when I felt Beth bounced back too quickly from something horrific that happened during her childhood. No one goes through life recovering from abuse/rape that easily. There were one or two scenes that were difficult to read and not because it was graphic but because it was jarring; it was out-of-place making the story seem choppy.
Even though I had some concerns with the story there were elements that I liked. Tommy (besides Ryan) is one of my favorite characters. He was an extremely well thought-out character filled with depth. He’s the father figure every daughter wants and he gives her the love and protection that Beth desperately needs. To say that he made me feel warm and fuzzy is an understatement!
Beth’s relationship with Ryan tugged at my heartstrings. The way their relationship blossoms from when they’re children into adulthood is incredibly touching. Even after being apart for a few years they can’t seem to forget about each other and one can only dream of a love such as theirs.
The writing is excellent (regardless if I was able to truly connect to the story) and while the pace of the story isn’t quick it was perfect for the subject matter at hand.
My final two cents: Even though I struggled with the story, I didn’t dislike it but I really wanted to love it a lot and I do look forward to reading more books by Maggi Myers in the future. ;)
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