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Told from both POVs
Minor editing errors
I will be honest. I love this author so I preordered this book without even reading the blurb thinking it would be just like her other books. This storyline was definitely unexpected.
John and Edie are in high school which was the first shock for me. I felt kind of weird reading about teens doing it at my age. I tend to stay away from young adult books.
Don't get me wrong, the storyline isn't bad but again, just not what I was expecting. It was a slow burn for these two and that made the end feel rushed to me. I do have a feeling that if Hang and Anders get a book though it will be hysterical.
Edie and John meet when they are both held at gun point by a drugged out tweaker. John ends up saving Edie's life and a bond is formed. At first the bond is just a friendship but then it turns to more. The question is can these teens make more last or will life get in the way?
These aren't so much spoilers as just things that but me about this book but they do give some things away so I wanted to warn anyone reading this.
Like I saod, I liked the book but the beginning felt slow and the ending felt rushed. I mean with 10 minutes left in the book Edie gets shot by John's brother and then it jumps to the epilogue.
Also, John's brother just goes MIA and neither of these two are worried he might come back to finish the job?
The epilogue is when they are still in high school so it leaves you wondering if they really will make it last and they only actually do it one time so you never even get to know if she ends up loving it as much as everything else they were doing.
I do wish we could have had John's MOB at least for a chapter of two. I think it would have enhanced the book more.
Oh well though. Still love this author.
One of my favorite things about this book was how both John and Edie reacted to living through a hostage situation that others didn’t live through. It was lovely to see how severe trauma can affect two people in such different ways, while still having the same underlying desire. Both simply wanted to live to their full potential, even if they took vastly different approaches to expressing that desire.
My greatest wish for this book would have been to have John’s POV for some of the chapters. Since we only see what Edie observes it was hard for me to understand how their relationship evolved. I could easily believe their friendship, but John’s apparent disinterest made it hard for me to understand how it developed into more than that without seeing what was going on in his head. Maybe that was the point and I missed it, that we don’t always know what a person is thinking until they act on it. Once they moved beyond the bounds of platonic friendship it was easy to see that he cared for her in that way, it was just his journey to that point that seemed to be missing.
Edie was pretty great, it was nice to see a girl who wasn’t the typical Barbie doll type as the heroine in a romance. I loved seeing her stand up for herself and her friends against people who didn’t even deserve one second of her attention. It was also nice to see her internal turmoil about the things she didn’t appreciate about herself, how she combatted those feelings, and slowly learned to love herself. Her character arc was important and interesting. Her growth made the book worth reading.
This novel touched on quite a few things that I loved. First, I thought the storyline was so darn unique it was on another level. It literally starts off with a bang and you're left disturbed, gasping for air, engrossed and sucked in before you know it. Second, on a personal note, I take my hat off to this author for aptly depicting the feelings and insecurities Edie faced for being a plus sized goddess. I say goddess because she was probably one of the strongest heroines I have ever read. She spoke her mind and took ALLL the names while doing it. She wasn't a cookie cutter heroine which is what made her beautiful on the inside and out. She embraced who she was and only wanted quality, caring and TRUSTworthy people around her. I absolutely loved her. John was also one of my favorite parts of this book. This hero felt very vintage NA. A broody, reformed badboy with an edge. He was everything I loved about in an anti-hero. He was who he was and made no excuses but still used his and Edie's experience to not only better himself but his future as well. I absolutely adored them together. Their banter was great and I could not get enough of Edie's inner dialogue. She was so honest, sarcastic and refreshing that I wanted to be her friend. It was also well written, sexy and also awkward as only first love can be.
All in all this was an exceptionally honest depiction of a modern young love story and I for one hope that Kylie Scott continues writing in this genre! Bravo! 4.5 stars! ~Ratula