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This lopsided logic continues throughout 80% of the book, which made me want to strangle Amanda for her stupidity and insecurities. Noah makes it clear so many times that he'd rather be with Amanda, but she continues to push him away into other women's willing arms and beds. Meanwhile, Amanda's first boyfriend turns out to be a complete jerk, who only uses her to have sex and win a bet.
When Noah's father dies unexpectedly, Noah turns to Amanda for support and comfort. Noah's girlfriend, Brooke, confronts Amanda and strongly suggests that she leave Noah alone so she can comfort him instead. Instead of supporting her best friend in his time of need, Amanda foolishly listens to Brooke and ends their friendship when Noah needs her the most.
After this, my opinion of Amanda continued to decline as she returned to Brad, the boyfriend that humiliated and used her, just to have meaningless sex in an attempt to forget Noah. As Amanda goes off to college, she picks one loser after another. Her new boyfriend, Matt, belittles her and disrespects her, but she thinks this is the type of person she deserves.
After five months of separation, Noah re-enters the picture and Amanda and Noah resume their "best friend" status. Shortly thereafter, Amanda learns she has a life-threatening illness. Noah offers his support throughout Amanda's ordeal. We're now about 85% through the book and Amanda still refuses to tell Noah that she loves him. She's still convinced that he deserves happiness with someone else, and she doesn't want to be a burden with her medical problems.
At this point, I'm wondering if Amanda will ever reach that Aha! moment on her own and come to her senses. Her new friend, Dalton, is the one that finally gives Amanda some helpful advice.
In conclusion, this is a long, drawn out story of two people in love, who waste not just months, but years of their lives with other people before finally connecting. As much as I liked Noah, I couldn't bring myself to like Amanda at the end. To me, she wasn't a good role model for women and I didn't really see any character growth from start to finish.
I bought this book because of good Amazon reviews and because the blurb interested me. But I ended up disappointed.
This book was too long and the story felt uneven. The first 75%ish of the book just has the two main characters going back and forth about their feelings for one another. Nothing really happens. I got incredibly burnt out on Amanda's constant dialog of, "I'm not good enough. I don't deserve you." I actually reached a point where I agreed with her and didn't want her to get the guy.
The last 25%ish of the book is where the story really is. This is where life changing events take place, and Amanda and Noah are forced to examine their feelings for each other and their willingness to take a risk on a relationship.
I wish the author had really delved into the last bit of the book and made that the story. I think the end product would have been much better if the focus had been on those events as opposed to the back and forth feelings that Amanda had. As it was, the book drug on and on for me.
I have no intention of reading this one again, and I wouldn't recommend it. I think there are other books that do the same type of story line much better than this one did.
I don't want to ruin the twists and surprises..so I won't say more about the plot other than it was Full and complex. (And I felt like "WTF?!" A few times..pretty unbelievable..) I didn't really like the main characters or their choices, I Do appreciate the work this author did and her commitment to storytelling.
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