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If you could take a look at me right now, while I’m writing this review, you would see me crying. Since the beginning and throughout the whole book, I sobbed like a baby.
A. Meredith Walters has a manner with words and she didn’t fail this time again.
I had a feeling this was going to be a heavy reading; full with angst and love. I was not wrong. If anything, I underestimated the power of A. Meredith Walters for this kind of stories.
It only took me to read the blurb and then the first chapter to realize that once I started, I wasn’t going to be able to put it down.
This is a story about two young teenagers. Yoss is an eighteen year old boy who lives in the streets for far too long. He meets Imi accidentally (or not) when she runs away from home at sixteen years old. From that moment on, he becomes her protector. And she becomes his savior.
Together, they are inseparable. Until one day soon… Life goes on and after fifteen years, they reunited under very bad circumstances … again.
The story is told in two distinct time frames (fifteen years ago and present day) and from Imi’s POV. But in the end you get a glance on Yoss’s POV. And, oh boy, I felt like someone was ripping my heart out of my chest. I curved like a ball before I started the epilogue. It was too much to bare!
It’s not an easy story. If you’re looking for a funny and light reading, this book is not for you. This book is so intense that I had to stop sometimes, put myself together and then go on. It deals with sensitive subjects. A. Meredith Walters did it with perfection. Sometimes I see warnings about explicit scenes. Well, this book is not explicit. Doesn’t have to be. Because you can see and feel everything.
The characters are so complex and yet so well developed. We have the chance to meet Yoss, the boy, fighting for a future and Yoss, the man, somehow defeated and with no hope for a future.
And Imi, the stubborn young girl with no hope whatsoever, now a woman fighting for a future, fighting for Yoss.
I felt as if after fifteen years the roles have changed. Now they will have to challenge fate in order to stay together. Imi will have to decide if she wants to stay and fight or just let go. The story is heart wrenching. Brutal even.
I would not say this is a second chance at love. Not in their case. This is the only chance. Life had other plans though.
The cover is fantastic.
I found myself reading, ending a chapter and saying: “Ok, just one more”. And so on and so on. I was reading what happened fifteen years ago but then I felt compelled to go and see what was going on now.
I quickly became addicted to Yoss & Imi’s story. Each chapter is an episode you don’t want to miss.
As I was approaching the end, I knew things were going to get worse.
When I reached it, my heart was shred into tiny little pieces and I didn’t know what to do next. I released a breath I didn’t know I was holding and hugged my Kindle, next to my heart because that’s I wanted to do with the characters, I guess. Hug them!
My emotions are still all over the place. It took me hours to write this review because I’m sure I won’t be able to give it justice.
I want to write more. I want to say more. But I have no words right now. I’m still overwhelmed by all the events.
You have all this in Yoss & Imi’s story. I guess life was too short for a love like this.
- Creativity: 5 stars
- Cover: 5 stars
- Plot: 5 stars
- Characters: 5 stars
- Darkness (in its own way): 5 stars
- End: 5 stars
- Angst: 5 stars
- Editing: 5 stars
I highly recommend this book. But I must warn you: get a bunch of tissues before. You’ll certainly need them!
I guess I’m a lucky lady. Thank you A. Meredith Walters and The Bookery review for giving me the honor of reading this ARC.
I give it 5 stars!
One Day Soon consumed me. I could not pull myself away from this story. While reading it I couldn’t breath and found myself drowning in tears. The emotional ups and downs, twists and turns, and moments of truth made this book more than a fictional story or epic romance. It was a thought provoking eye opener making me aware of some of the injustices of the world. When I finished this book it left an impression on my soul.
I have sat down several times and tried to write a review for One Day Soon. Each time I found I didn’t have the adequate words to do justice for this novel. I don’t want to give away spoilers because this is a book that every reader needs to experience on a personal level. This novel can appeal to readers of all genres and of all ages. Although it is brutally graphic, it is brutally honest. It gives the reader a very vivid picture of Yoss and Imi’s lives. It takes the reader on an emotional journey as these two teenagers try to survive their lives. As they journey through the different phases of life, neither one is untouched by their time together. It’s not about the heartbreak from a young immature relationship that leaves a multitude of regrets and what ifs. It’s about losing the other half of your soul because life reared it’s ugly head and shredded the map. Trying to get back on course and navigate through each crossroad to reach the final destination seems impossible because you feel hopelessly lost. When you finally reach the final destination, you find that you are not the same person that began the journey. The only thing that remained the same was the truth in their souls. This is Yoss and Imi’s story.
The story is written from Imogin Connor’s POV, past and present. Each passage is delivered with precision that draws the readers into Yoss and Imi’s lives. The reader gets to experience the cruel, turbulent life that they find themselves in during their teenage years. Their lives and means of survival become intertwined into more than just physical actions. They become dependent on one another on the deepest level. They are beginning to build their hopes and dreams around one another even though they are in a hopeless situation. One Day Soon takes on a whole new meaning for them, giving them hope until it doesn’t. One Day Soon becomes the very thing that tears them apart. One Day Soon takes on another whole new meaning in their present lives. One Day Soon is more than their hopes and dreams. It’s the defining moment in their lives.
As Yoss and Imi’s story begins to evolve the reader is introduced to a cast of characters that validate their lives. Each character adds a significant piece to their story .The good, the bad, and the in between, their place in Yoss and Imi’s lives helps mold them into the adults they are now. Each character leaves a mark on their souls.
As I finished this book the first thing I wanted to do was hug my teenagers and tell them that I SEE THEM, I LOVE THEM, and NEVER LOSE HOPE. I looked at world beyond my front door with a very different view. I won’t turn a blind eye on some of the injustices I see on street corners. I now see that it could easily be one of my children, their friends, or schoolmates in the same situation. My door will always be open for them.
A. Meredith Walters delivered a profound story of life, love, and hope. The love Imi and Yoss shared was beyond epic. Their journey was tough and A. Meredith Walters did not dilute it or sugarcoat it. She delivered an honest and vivid picture of their lives. She delivered a story that is beyond memorable. It is epic!
As I read over this review, I once again wanted to trash it and start over. I then realized I will never find the right words, the perfect description, or adequate thoughts to praise One Day Soon by A. Meredith Walters. I am not a writer, I am a reader that was lucky enough to experience this profound story.
Read One Day Soon by A. Meredith Walters.