- File Size: 455 KB
- Print Length: 250 pages
- Publisher: Rachel Van Dyken (August 11, 2013)
- Publication Date: August 11, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00EH3EIFO
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,131 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Sometimes I was laughing, the other times I was crying. This wasn't a lighthearted story. It was about cancer, death, and fighting with cancer. It was an emotional story.
This book had emotional depth, and was funny too.
Wes...I loved him from the first page. He was a star in college, the star quarterback, sexy as hell, smart and funny. He had cancer, he was fighting. But he was so full of life, he was so alive.
He met Kiersten. An innocent freshman with red hair. They became friends. What I loved about this book, how Wes wanted to help Kiersten with her problems. She had a hard life, she went through a lot. I loved him because of this, how he made her live, made her open up.
It's amazing how love can change someone's life. Wes was living, or trying to live a full life. He wanted to be normal despite his illness. He accepted his illnes, his future. But when he started to feel more than friendship, when he started to fall in love with Kiersten, he changed. He really wanted to live, he wanted a life with her. I was so nervous because I didn't know if he make it or not. I was happy that I could read Wes' POV too. Because I could understand what he felt.
This book broke my heart. I loved it, I needed to read it! This is a beautiful heart-breaking love story. You don't know when love finds you, sometimes it comes when you don't count on it. It's a 5* read for me! I LOVED it! I loved the characters, the story, the writing.
Can't wait to read the other books in the series.
I really must hang my head in shame. I have had Ruin on my Kindle since 2013 and I just recently read it. Now even though this book has been out for years I will still try not to spoil anything especially if there are other’s like me who may have not had the chance to read Ruin yet.
I can’t believe that it took me this long to finally read it, and for that I regret because Ruin is emotional, it is angst filled and it is one that I am still thinking about days later. From the start this is an emotionally charged roller coaster ride. I cried more than once because I was so emotionally invested in Wes and Kiersten’s relationship that I was praying that what I had a feeling would happen wouldn’t.
You quickly get the idea of what is going on with Wes and I must admit I think I cried more when my thoughts were in deed confirmed. I hated (in a good way) that you are reminded that time is precious, that the next year, month, week, day, hour, minute, second or heartbeat is not a given, that you should cherish the gift you are given in that very moment by being alive.
Kiersten had already gone through so much heartbreak and pain. I was so worried about her relationship with Wes but sometimes things are meant to happen as they do. I loved Wes, the way he wanted the best for Kiersten, even if it meant him not being the one who in end ended up with her heart, he wasn’t selfish and that is one reason why I love him so. Kiersten needed Wes for so many reasons but the way she was what he needed as well was beautiful.
Rachel Van Dyken is an author who I love and while I may have been late in the game reading Ruin and will be reading the rest of the series ASAP, this is one I highly recommend for anyone looking for an emotional roller coaster that will have you crying both tears of joy and sadness.
Spoiler alert so do not read ahead if you don't want to know the outcome.
Wes was uber rich, a total stud who was the starting QB on the college football team, super sweet and way too sweet and as another reviewer said "cheesy". There was insta-love which I'm not a fan of. One of the hang ups I had was with his illness and the tumor surrounding his heart. He was taking exploratory drugs and would have days where he could barely keep anything down yet he was still on the field every day for practices or games leading the team to victory. The most unrealistic part for me was when he went from being at death's door to a miraculous recovery. The couple is so in love after a very brief period they promise to get married shortly after Kiersten becomes a sophomore. I had issues with this. Let the girl be at least of drinking age before you carry her over the threshold. I liked the friends, Gabe and Lisa, however, after reading Toxic (story of Gabe) and Fearless (more cheese factor about Wes and Kiersten and preps readers for the story of Lisa in Shame), I decided I was done with this series.
The relationship, while natural as friendship, felt forced in the romance department in the way Wes came onto Kierstan and how she responded in kind. There's some very wise quotes about life lessons and living in the moment. Beyond that, the humor was a little bit dated and while I liked the secondary characters Gabe and Lisa, their dialogue and participation felt artificial in certain ways. While I could clearly see that everyone was forming a close bond with one another, I couldn't quite feel it to the depth that they could. Regardless, there's a meaningful underlying message in the book.
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