- File Size: 1087 KB
- Print Length: 315 pages
- Publication Date: August 9, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00EG8EQA2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,302 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
Jake and Charley's relationship is pretty intense and when that first sighting after three years happens you can feel the emotional turmoil that Charley is in. I am not usually one for flashback books, but I love that every other chapter is looking back and that it seems to go in line with what is happening in the present. The author does an excellent job in keeping you in each time frame.
Love this book.
Charley and Jake were the ultimate couple as 16 year olds - a love that was to last forever.
Something happens and we don't know what happened to make Charley so angry with Jake when she runs into him 4 years later.
Most of the book, Charley is upset with Jake. The book goes back and forth from the present (angry and still-hurting Charley) to 4 years ago which replays how they first met, fell in love, then FINALLY find out what has upset Charley so much.
The back and forth didn't bother me. It worked b/c you are dying to find out what happened, and it shows you how great of a love they had.
The big reveal is really not a huge reveal. Something big does happen, but the thing that Jake does to Charley doesn't warrant the level of anger and resentment she harbors for Jake. They were KIDS at 16 and almost still are as 20/21 year olds! I am actually surprised at how angry Charley is, 4 years later. Jake was a kid. He had something pretty big happen to him and his family. Thought she would chalk it up to youth. Eek - my expectations were that they may have been at a party-he drugged her drink and posted nude photos of her on facebook...something like that.
So after 4 years - they are together and they don't show a lot of growth. They keep referring to how they were as kids.
Was hoping to see more growth of them as 'adults'.
I like how funny and witty Charley is. She is a 'smart-a**' and I liked that about her. But she is more than that - but we don't see a lot of that in action. We 'hear' about other things she's done to help people, but it would be nice to see it in action to get a deeper understanding and bond with her character.
Jake also didn't seem to have a lot of redeeming qualities as an adult. He doesn't even get a super cool major. He gets industrial engineering. Okay - so why? Her major, pre-law has a lot of discussion behind it. It was almost like he was given a major that most people don't know what it's about, so we just move on.
So overall, what did I like?
- I love this author, so I may have overlooked more than I would with a new author
- I liked the back and forth (from present to when they were 16). I liked the build up of not knowing what major error Jake had made
- Yeah - there were also some steamy bedroom scenes
- The dialogue. It was funny at times and I like sarcastic bantering. I think it was better in some of her other books, but still better than a lot of other authors
- Charley is pretty independent and smart.
- Claudia, the BFF of Charley is great. Liked her almost more than Charley. She is unapologetic for her materialism, has a crappy family, but doesn't feel sorry for herself.
- The other characters make this interesting as well
What I didn't like?
- The big reveal of the emotional crime Jake committed. Didn't think it was such a huge deal. So that made me think she was overreacting at it all
- Charley's "oh...I need to avoid Jake so I won't be tortured being so close to him..." That dragged on for way too long for me. The chemistry is so strong between them, so she felt like she had to completely avoid him.
- The build up of their story as 16 years olds. It was sweet and endearing.
- The ending....HATED IT. Ugh...I didn't realize this was going to be one of THOSE series books. Some of them the books can be read as a standalone, but this ending, although not a TOTAL cliffhanger...it definitely leaves you feeling unsatisfied. It is so apparent that the next book will be about Claudia and maybe more about Jake and Charley. I really don't like books when they do that. Let's give the FIRST couple some decent closure BEFORE you give us a mini-cliffhanger to entices readers to read the next book. We don't get that. The trust level is definitely NOT cemented when the book ends.
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