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- Publication Date : September 5, 2017
- File Size : 2967 KB
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print Length : 286 pages
- Publisher : Harlequin Teen; Original Edition (September 5, 2017)
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B01MR6LR7H
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #139,711 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I loved these characters. Lena is a book nerd who reads more than she talks to people. Her group of friends have dragged her into the world of the living by getting her to play volleyball and hang out with them. Her very best friend, the boy next door, Sebastian is her secret love. She's looking forward to her senior year and thinking about her tomorrows. Her relationship with her father is nonresistant. Her live is normal. I'm amazed how well this author captures the voice of a high school girl with a secret love and a love of books.
And then there is Sebastian. He plays football but it's really his father that wants that. Popular and talented, everyone is friends with him but his best friend is the girl next door who he met when they were eight. He sneaks in her room at night and they talk. They will always be best friends. But what I love the most about Sebastian is his understanding, his compassion because when his very best friend needs him he's there despite her pushing him away.
I love the rest of the gang too. Megan, Abbi and Dary all make this pack of friends that are quirky and fun. From the lectures to get Lena a boyfriend to the dragging her out from behind the pages of books, I loved them all.
Lena's family felt real too. From her sister away at college, to her mother trying to hold them together and the distant father that just was, well distant. It all rang true.
Then there is the story. This book will suck you in quickly but you know something is coming. The prologue lets you know that. So I read on the edge of my seat, waiting. And of course, it hit me unexpectedly. There I was laying in an emotional mess when I realized what happened. What this story is really about. The pain felt real because they were friends to me.
I admit to taking a lot longer than I normally would to finish this book. I needed to take it in chunks after that. It's emotional and heartbreaking. I wanted to crawl inside the covers of the book and pull people together for hugs. But whenever I put it down to take a break, it called me back. I read a chapter at lunch or another before bed. I couldn't stay away long. I needed to know.
And just as there are no easy answers in life, so this book worked through life to find a place of normal again. A place where there could be hope again. But still the promise of a tomorrow is never a guarantee and this book captures that very well.
While this book is emotional, I wouldn't miss it for the world. It hit me hard but it was also healing in a real sense. It's the kind of book that speaks across age, gender and every other possible difference we might have. It speaks of life. It speaks of healing.
Do not miss it.
I don't think I will be able to give this book a proper review. Everything still feels fresh and my thoughts are jumbled. I will say that Jennifer took me on a roller coaster of emotions. I was feeling the friendship between Lena and Sebastian. Best friends since childhood, neighbors, hot boy next door and Mr. Popular. Book nerd best friend secretly in love with him. Same story that I have read a hundred times. I knew the outcome but I was already invested. Lena was me, she was all of us. What I didn't expect was for Jennifer to give such an incredible voice to the secondary characters. Within the first few pages, they were a big part of the story. I got to know them, even though it was brief. I fell in love with Megan and though I didn't fall in love with Cody, I liked his arrogant ass. He was the typical Mr. Macho, all girls want to date me, but had a soft spot when he worried about his friends future. There was more to him, I could tell. In those pages, I thought I would see that flushed out. I wasn't expecting to have my heart ripped out. I wasn't expecting to take the turn of events and compare them to my own life and compare them to my own reckless decisions that I made when I was younger.
You see stories on the news, you see mentions of teenagers or adults making a bad decision or being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Sometimes these stories are from your own town, or they happened to someone you know. It's not your life therefor you have a moment of sadness and then you move on. It was like Jennifer shoved all of it in my face. This is where you could have been. It was scary. It also opened my eyes to the power of social media. We have all seen the news articles and the subsequent comments that follow. Does anyone stop and think before we judge? Do we have a right to judge when it's not our lives that have been affected?
I kept tissue with me as I devoured this book. I was right there with Lena. I felt her shock, I felt her torment and I felt her devastation. Underneath all of this, there was Sebastian. He was the light in the dark tunnel. This was an utterly breathtaking book that gave me something I didn't think I needed or wanted. It was full of romance, friendships, emotion, struggle, family ties, forgiveness, self worth, tragedy, grief, guilt and life. This book was so full of life and overcoming tragedy and finding the will to move on and making the choice to not only find your happiness but embrace it. Jennifer put so many life lessons in here. This is definitely staying on my keeper shelf for my daughter to pick up and read some day. If this would have came out 19 years ago, it would have hit home a little harder for me. As it is now, I can look back and realize how lucky I was
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Lena is the lone survivor of an accident that kills 4 of her friends, and as you would expect she has survivors guilt, not only because she is the only one that lived, but because she feels like she could have prevented and maybe she could have. So, this story is more than just a regular love story, it’s about healing and it’s about learning to live with the choices you make in life and the consequences of these choices.
I really enjoyed how JLA wrote this book, the first few chapters are the build-up to the event, so you get to learn about the characters that died before that die, which sounds kind of morbid but I thought it made the impact of their deaths even bigger. You also get to see how Lena was before the accident. Which at times I was like come I want the story to start but in hindsight, it was great because instead of flat characters that have died we got to see them as 3-dimensional l people living their lives.
Ok so let’s get to Sebastian, pre-accident he was your pretty standard love interest. It wasn’t until afterward that he truly shined for me, there’s this great scene when Lena is still in the hospital and he is visiting her but she doesn’t want him around:
“Can you just leave?” I asked, begged really. “Please?” His gaze held mine for a moment and then he stood, and I wanted to sink through the bed, sink down into nothing. Sebastian didn’t leave, though. He wasn’t my father. He wasn’t me. Grabbing the chair, he picked it up and planted it right by the top of my bed and then he sat down. My heart pounded. He rested his right arm on the bed beside mine and then leaned over, stretching his left arm so his fingers caught the limp strands of my hair, brushing them back from my face as he said, “I’m not leaving. You can get mad. You can get upset, but I’m staying right here, because whether you realize it or not, you shouldn’t be alone. I’m not going anywhere.”
I just wanted to hug him for that response because it was so perfect! I loved that he knew what she needed even when she didn’t. I really did love them together, I liked how understanding he was of everything that she was going through, and most importantly he supported her. So yeah Sebastian was a pretty awesome character.
Finally, I loved Lena, her journey was difficult but real and that’s what made this story so heart-wrenching. I have lost count of the many stories in the news about teens who lose their lives driving drunk. That whole “it won’t happen to me is” is a very real mantra for lots of young people and adults actually. That’s what made this story just so great.
Overall I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it.
Sebastian and Lena have been friends from an early age. They harbour other feelings, but are too afraid to open up for it might ruin their friendship. They go to a party together as friends and the subsequent events lead to a tragedy. One that Sebastian, Lena and their friends never expected. This changes everything. Can Lena get past her guilt and look to the future?
It just shows that these drastic events have a long lasting emotional upheaval and leave scars. There is also a lesson to be learnt here. This can happen to anyone, but learning to cope with it isn't easy.
Family and friends can help the process if they are allowed. It's a poignant and long journey to accept the effects of this tragedy. Lena pushes all her friends away and is stuck in her guilt until she realises that she isn't the only one who is affected. Sebastian is patient and supportive without being pushy and in the end life goes on and love prevails.
As for her romance with Sebastian. Well, I liked him a lot but I never understood the self sacrificing behaviour female characters can do sometimes where they push the guy they like/love away. What is with that?
Never the less, I did enjoy this just not as much as some of JLA's other books.