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Look at the first two sentences. They seem so dramatic, but actually describe this story perfectly. “He found me in blood and tears. I stayed with him through darkness and fire”.
First of all, I’m glad I read this because I don’t think I’ve every read a book about people in this situation. I don’t know whether I should mention what that situation is, but the synopsis doesn’t, so I probably shouldn’t either… Anyway, what these two characters experience is both so common, yet uncommon. It’s common because it happens to so many people around the world. Yet it’s uncommon because I have never read a book about people in their situation, especially not a contemporary one. Life is hard for these people. And I felt for them. I just wanted to rescue everyone!
I found this story really captivating. It switches with every other chapter from the present, to 15 years ago. So I estimate the characters to be around 30 in the present time, and the female protagonist was 15 in the past scenario. So while you get to know the characters in the present time, you’re discovering more of their past. Sometimes, this can draw me out of the story but that luckily wasn’t the case here. In fact, it made me even more attached to these characters, and even more invested in a possible happy ending.
I have to admit that at one point, I tried to guess where it all went wrong 15 years ago, and was mistaken.
Okay, the female protagonist in this story is Imogen -or Imi to friends. I really enjoyed reading about her. She’s very strong, and not just because of what she went through 15 years ago. I think it’s amazing to see how she turned her life around, and managed to achieve so much -starting from so little. She graduated college, has a nice apartment and a job as a social worker at a hospital. She loves her job, and lives for it. She was married, now divorced. I haven’t read that many new adult books lately in which the main characters are already settled in a job and life, and have already figured out what they want from life. I found it really refreshing and interesting!
The male protagonist is called Yossarian -or Yoss, which he prefers. He captured my heart. This man seems so precious. And I felt for him SO MUCH. Why does bad shit always happen to good people, right? He’s definitely a survivor. And although he’s been through so much, he still is the kindest person to those he considers friends/family. Let’s be real, he’s had a rough life. An incredible rough one. Yet he still has capacity for kindness and love. What I don’t like about him is that he took some decisions thinking it was for the better, for everyone. I don’t like it when people do that, because it takes the power of choice away from others.
If you like romance novels, I’d highly recommend this. I don’t really think it’s all that new adult because it doesn’t really mention sex often. And half of the story is YA if you think about it, because at that point the main characters were 15 & 18. I’d especially recommend this because of their “common situation” I mentioned above. It’s important we read books about these issues, in my opinion!
The story takes place in Virginia. It's a second chance story about reconnecting with Yoss after fifteen years. The story takes you on a journey, filling in the gaps of time, between the past and the present. We learn what became of Yoss and Imogen since the time they were suppose to meet under the bridge. The story takes you on a trip down memory lane reconnecting Imogen and Yoss.
“Why did you leave me underneath the bridge?” Quote from Imogen. The entire premise for the story is unlocking this million dollar question. But it's more than a simple answer to this simple question. Once you invest your time into Yoss's life and the struggles he endured, that question seems to answer itself in many ways. Yoss is a complicated character with a life of undesirable choices.
While Yoss spends time in the hospital he and Imogen get a second chance as adults to rediscover the beauty of dreams and promises. Yoss never cared what he had to do to survive on the streets until Imogen showed up and brought light into his dark world. Yoss began to question his choices in life because he felt underserving and unworthy in the eyes of Imogen. Yoss wants to love without guilt.
“Then we’ll pave a new way together. Make new choices. The right ones this time. The ones that end up with us together.” Quote from Imogen. This quote sums up Imogen's character. Imogen believed In her love with Yoss so strongly that nothing could stand in its way. It was so sweet how innocent and naive Imogen's character was. Imogen believed in easy choices. Imogen believed in happily ever after afters. Imogen believed in love.
Reading a story about homeless kids breaks your heart. When Ms. Walters shares each of their stories it further cuts into your heart.
“I don’t need a great life. I only want a happy one,” words to live by.
As the story progresses I found I was less concerned with finding out why Yoss did not show up under the bridge and much more focused on the life that Yoss was living. Even homeless Yoss had responsibilities. Yoss took care of his family and tried to keep others safe and warm while he sacrificed his safety.
Yoss found love in destitute times but could not drag down Imogen knowing her life was destined for better things.
The story is more than love between two young homeless teenagers. It's about the journey of survival, sacrificing, and struggles. When your at your worse and hope is futile you find strength anywhere you can in order to persevere. Imogen was the strength Yoss needed to continue fighting a life of crappy choices.
Ms. Walters wrote truly an inspiring story that captivated my soul. I love stories such as this one that reach you on a deeper level. I laughed and I cried and I hoped for that promised "one day soon" to come.
These characters are realistic and original. I love the ability Meredith has to create characters like this. And also I love that her characters are flawed. You will not find a perfect character and this is what makes the story unique.
And the writing is so beautiful with scenes from the present and fifteen years before. We learn how these two meet and how life turned out them together after years.
It was such a beautiful story. You should definitely read it. Once you start it you won't want to put it down.