- File Size: 2881 KB
- Print Length: 291 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: October 14, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00OJM92LI
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,301 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Zach (who lives in California) suffered a heartbreaking emotional loss that caused him to withdraw from everyone. He is consumed with grief and guilt. Six months after the tragedy, he is finally returning to school at the beginning of his senior year at the insistence of his parents. He is still trapped in the endless cycle of his emotions, with friends and family unable to reach him, when he meets Nikki. An unexplainable bond is there between them from the beginning.
This is a great story of young love and new beginnings. Zach and Nikki individually and together face a multitude of ups and downs.
There are a multitude of ups and downs. One major revelation I figured out fairly early, but there were other plot twists that were unexpected. Ultimately, this one had a very satisfying ending.
I loved how you got to know Zach and Emily first. How they were the typical cheerleader/football quarterback couple with the world watching their every move. I have to say that I liked how “tired” of things Zach was getting until his whole world fell apart. I just wanted to hug him after that.
I loved how Nikki was a world away and you aren’t really sure where she fits into the story at first. I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to follow the story because of how far apart they were but that wasn’t the case at all.
I felt for Nikki. How hard her life was. How no matter how hard she tried she couldn’t make it any better or different just because she was too young. I felt her pain. Deeply.
I found it cute that she thought she was going to “use” Aunt Claire. How she was just going to California to find out some information and then return to Texas. My Pennsylvania mind thought, how can someone move to California and then move away again on purpose?!?
Great story. Great idea. Definitely recommend but don’t expect to thrown off course or not able to figure everything out. It isn’t that hard. Still a good read.
Zach has loved Emily Bennett for longer than he can remember, ever since she let him ride her shiny, new, bright yellow Racer bike. Together they are the equivalent of Ken and Barbie.
Following the death of her mother, Nikki moves to Long Beach with a singular goal: to find the twin sister she never knew she had.
Just as Nikki settles in and begins feeling comfortable in her new life, she discovers who her sister is....
Vi Keeland is one of those authors where I see their name on a book and I just pick it up, no questions asked. Left Behind is one of her older ones from 2014 that she co-authored with Dylan Scott, and it had a very Nicholas Sparks kind of vibe to it. I was surprised to find that the book’s protagonists were 17-year-olds in their Junior year of high school. Despite my initial reluctance after discovering this fact, I felt Keeland beautifully constructed her two protagonists and shaped them into relatable characters even for an older audience. Nikki and Zach’s romance was sweet in a way that inspired nostalgic high school memories. They were both forced to handle more loss than any teenager should have to, and, as a result, became each other’s rock.
Maybe I just never spent time with the right kind of guys in high school, but Zach seemed closer to a man in his mid-to-late twenties than a seventeen-year-old. I definitely liked him but wondered at times whether his character was believable as a teenager? Despite this, his maturity is one of the reasons why this book would appeal to both younger and older audiences.
I am giving Left Behind 4 out of 5 stars. It had several plot twists that kept me interested, and as a result, I flew through the book. There was only one aspect I felt could have been improved, and that was the tone; it was consistently heavy and serious, even when the characters were trying to be upbeat and lighthearted. If the book was a bit lighter, I think I would have given it a 5-star rating.
The one issue I have with the character development and their relationship is that they don't develop new habits that are unique to them. I'd have given it five stars otherwise. Definitely recommend, though.
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Nikki only learns that she has a twin sister after her sick mother dies. Not wanting to be fostered, she pushes her social worker to find any remaining relatives and an Aunt she never knew existed turns up to claim her and take her back to California to live. Nikki's secret mission there, is then to find her twin sister.
Zack lives in California and met Emily when her parents moved into a house across the street. They develop a love for running and are both very competitive in their desire to win . But he is heart broken when she dies in a car crash coming back from a party.
Nikki first spots Zack when out running, then find they are in the same English class and project group. Both are sad and grieving but gradually they form a friendship and begin to trust each other.
On the day that Nikki is eighteen she finds out who her twin is and like the opening of Pandora's Box some catastrophic truths are revealed. Lies and secrets are uncovered. But what has fate stored and stirred up for Nikki and Zack? Read and find out.
Left behind is a sweet story about a young girl called Nikki and a young man called Zack, they come together during difficult circumstances and they both find comfort in each other. There are twists and turns and you'll need tissues but it really is a lovely read.
Nikki moves to California after her mom does. She moves in with her aunt, whom she had never met before. Then she meets Zack who is recovering from the death of his best friend and girlfriend.
Overall, the story was decent. It was just so predictable. Even the main surprise was predictable from the first chapter.
Without giving anything away (even though everything is quite clear from the start), to me, it seemed quite clear that E had the same problems as Nikki's mother. This was not really said outright in the book, but I guess all teenagers can seem unstable at times...
There are a few typos a bit throughout, which seem to be more annoying towards the end of the book, with missing closing quotation marks and sometimes spelling typos, too (ex. chose vs choose). This was not a problem in another book I read from the same author, so I am wondering what happened to the editing here. There aren't many typos, but when closing quotation marks aren't used, you wonder if the character has finished speaking or who is speaking next, which means you have to go back and reread a few paragraphs.
Despite the minor errors & clear plot where you can see what the ending is going to be, it is a well written story where you want to see how exactly it will be developed. I read it basically within a day. It is easy to read, even though you can tell how it's going to end.
While more for the teenage genre, still worth reading
From the beginning to the end, I couldn't put it down until I was finished.
Vi Keeland, your stories just keep getting better and better. I love your books.