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- Print Length: 296 pages
- Publication Date: May 7, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00K6Y3SDQ
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,562 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The book follows three life-long friends Seth, Emily and Andy. Here comes the sadness; Andy is dying of cancer, at this point in time there are no more treatment options and he is running out of time. Here in lies part of the rub...Andy and Emily have been dating for years. She has been by his side through both of his bouts of cancer. Seth has been there as well, for Emily because he is in love with her. Tired of laying around waiting to die, Andy makes all the arrangements for Seth and Emily to complete his bucket list- with him cheering on from the sidelines.
Some of these scenes were so well written and detailed that I felt I was there with them. When they visit the tattoo parlor I cheered with Andy as he got in his final screw you to the disease had me laughing with tears running down my face. And that wasn't the only time. As The bond between these friends was deep and true. I could really relate to their struggle to say goodbye and simultaneously hang on.
I don't know if I can say who the circumstances were harder for. Andy who knew he was dying and had to find a way to say goodbye and try to make it ok (as ok as it can be) for those left behind. Emily who still loved Andy but wasn't in love with him in the same way. But wanted to be there for him and didn't want to let go of the version of Andy that he used to be. Or Seth, who swallowed his heart for seven years so his best friend could be happy with the girl he loves. He promised to be there for Emily so she wouldn't be alone (she has suffered a lot of loss in her life), but who was going to be there for him to lean on.
When the truth of Seth's feelings are revealed by none other than Andy, my heart broke for all of them. It forced such a huge, yet understandable rift in the dynamic of all the relationships. Eventually, Seth and Emily figure things out for themselves. But that is not the end of the obstacles that face them. They know that they love each other but is it more than a friendship love?
This book was nothing if not gut wrenching and beautiful all at once. Brooke Cumberland took a situation that was ugly, dying always is even if it is expected, and worked her magic. She allowed Seth and Emily to find beauty from the ashes of what their life once was. I found myself wanting more and more of their story as they moved forward, together.
Seth is so sweet, patient and selfless. I was disappointed in Emily. She had always have feelings for Seth but once she found out about his feelings for her, all the feelings she ever had for him just disappeared! I did not like the way Emily treated Seth once the truth came out. I would have enjoyed this book so much more had Emily showed Seth some love. It was mostly Seth chasing her. At the end, I was left with Emily just settled with Seth because Andy was gone. It was Andy this, Andy that, Andy would have wanted this. Sure, I get that Emily wanted and got a tattoo to remember Andy but what about Seth? Was Seth not worthy enough to Emily because she didn't ink his name on her like she did to Andy. Lastly, Seth purposed to Emily with Andy's grandmother's ring! It was as Seth was written as a replacement for Andy. Seth deserved better!
Other than that, I liked it a lot!
"Her blue eyes met mine and she smiled, running her fingers through her long, dark hair. God, how I longed to be the one doing that. Touching her. Kissing those plump, red lips. I loved the way she smiled."
Andy, Seth, and Emily have been friends since grade school. Andy and Seth also have been in love with Emily since then also. Emily cared for both but always liked Seth more but he never gave her any interest so Andy was the one who gave her firsts of everything.
"She was perfect in every way, and I'd spent the last fourteen years fighting my feelings for her. But she was my best friend's girl. And he was dying. Part of me hoped that meant we could someday be together."
When things start coming together between the two, Andy finds out he is sick within a couple of weeks of their dating and from there he is fighting cancer from 17 years of age till he is 26.
"Friendships like ours were rare. They didn't come along often, so when they did you had to make the most of them. The uniqueness of ours was we were like three pieces to a puzzle; it didn't feel right if one was missing."
Andy decides to go on a road trip with his girlfriend and best friend to help him out on his bucket list that he couldn't finish himself. This bucket list was from cliff diving to bull riding. The more Seth and Emily hang out, the more their feelings grow deep for one another. Little did they know that Andy had a plan on his own.
"My boyfriend was dying, and his best friend-my best friend-was in love with me? This wasn't fair. I was so angry with both of them, and I was angry with myself. Because deep down, no matter how much I wanted to ignore it, there was a part of me that was in love with him too."
Get your chocolate and tissues ready because you will cry tears of laughter but mostly cry tears of loss and healing.
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