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One Life: An Only You Novel Kindle Edition
"Rebound" by Kwame Alexander
Don't miss best-selling author Kwame Alexander's "Rebound," a new companion novel to his Newbery Award-winner, "The Crossover,"" illustrated with striking graphic novel panels. Pre-order today
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Plus, it was super fun to follow Zoe's story, as she was such a great character in One Night. Spock is basically awesome, end of story.
Finally, as a former resident of Chicago, I was so excited to see some old faves pop up in the book (Old Town School of Folk Music - SQUEE!!!)
Loved this latest book by Pine!
I really enjoyed this book. There were a few tears, a few laughs, a good amount of steam, a little angst and a lot of friendship. At first, I wasn't sure how I felt about Zoe but as the book went on, I really felt she was a brilliant character. Everything from the issues she was dealing with, her guilt over her brothers death and the way she was hiding herself made her a really complex character. I felt like she was a really strong heroine, even if it didn't seem like it at times. Zach was amazing and he was the perfect match for Zoe. Maybe it's just my own personal preference but I really appreciated that the way this author handled the separation between these characters. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I hope maybe this series will continue - I'd love to read Delores's story!
A lot has happened for Zoe recently, and not all of it has been good. Most importantly, she lost her brother Wyatt to an adrenaline fueled stunt gone wrong, one she was aware he had planned and never talked him out of performing. As a result, she carries an overwhelming sense of guilt for his death. Her friend Spock had been on tour with his band, but at the news of her brother's death left the tour to come and be with her as she copes with her new reality. She's moved in with a new roommate, a tattoo artist who is happy to take Zoe in hand and not averse to giving her some ink to help her remember her brother. She's also got a new job as an artist for a children's program, a position she's taken in hopes that it will give her back her artistic mojo that has been missing since her brother died. Spock's presence in Zoe's life is a steadying one, as she deals with death and grief in ways that start to border on unhealthy. And as they start to connect on a more intimate level, revelations about Spock's past and Zoe's own issues threaten to derail their relationship. It will be up to Zoe to take action to make it possible to have a happy future with Spock.
This was a really emotional new adult story, told from Zoe's viewpoint as she navigates this new stage of her life - losing her brother and the guilt associated with that, losing her roommate Jess (to a relationship and not death, but still a loss) and the reality of being in a family that has addiction problems. Both her parents have struggled with addiction, and Zoe herself had a bad bout with alcohol before cutting herself off cold turkey, to prevent what could be a future of alcoholism. Every time she has a major life change she also tends to change something about herself - her hair or her body or her persona to some degree, as a coping mechanism. I really liked Zoe's character, conflicted as she is, and her willingness to continue to put one foot in front of the other and try to move forward. Her inability to see her own problems starts to blind her though, and it is her friends Jess and Adam, her new roommate, and especially Spock who gently make her aware that she's not going to be able to fix everything on her own. Spock is wonderful, a kind, decent, and caring man. It's obvious that he wants more than just friendship from Zoe and is equally unable to resist taking their relationship to the next level. They share some steamy scenes as they become more emotionally involved with each other. It was sometimes difficult to read as Zoe started to break down, but I really liked how the story came together, the healing that had to happen giving way to a happy ending for this couple that are perfect for each other. 4.5 stars for this sometimes heartwrenching but satisfying story.
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