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This story took quite a bit of time to get to where it was going. And I felt the climax was a but overdone. But the love story was incredibly intense and deep.
I totally identified with Cooper’s reaction to his parents divorce. I was thrown back in time feeling all those overwhelming emotions. I really got caught up in it in the beginning. But I never really understood his instant dislike of Jace in the beginning. Nor did I understand how he didn’t know how Jace felt about him when they were younger.
This story takes place over many years so the background was a good half of the book. Honestly, I could have done without so much of it and I still would have been able identify with the characters.
Cooper used rocks as a way to ground himself when things got out of control for him. I really liked that. He would be able to choose a rock and remember what memory it held or what he felt at the time he picked it. A cool tangible way to recall memories. He had a hard time with confidence and becoming comfortable in his own skin. I think it helped that his HS friends really just rolled with the punch’s when it came to his sexuality.
Jace was a bit odd to me. Sometimes they were so in sync that he was able to read Cooper’s mind but then others they were so far apart it was almost like, “What do they even have in common besides sharing a family?” I think Jace overthought his feelings and couldn’t get past what some people would think. I didn’t like him when he was in college. I felt he wasted time and allowed fear to get in the way of what could have been a great experience.
Then I think they each had to go it alone for a while because that’s what growing up is all about. Taking the journey. So then my mind went all abstract on me and I understood why Jace was so withdrawn.
Honestly, I could go on and on about the nuances of this book! Just, go read it!
Ms. Sunday's writing style is so beautiful to read. Things just flowed so easily. Her descriptive style made everything real and believable.
You can't help but be pulled in to the story and feel the hurt and emotional pain the two main characters, Cooper and Jace struggle with, only to hope they have their HEA ending.
A broken family, broken rules.
***** 5 GIGANTIC STARS *****
DISCLAIMER #2: There may be a few small spoilerish things in here, but I do try to keep the review as spoiler free as possible.
Rock was a sweet read about two boys who fall in love with each over the years despite the fact they're stepbrothers. It was both sweet and a bit nerve-wrecking, but mostly sweet. It's pretty obvious from early on that the guys like each other a great deal despite the fact that Cooper wants to hate Jace for kind of stealing his father from him.
I wasn't a fan of the more angsty moments where it was pretty obvious that it's going to take Jace and Cooper a while before they're ready to do anything about their feelings for one another, but I really, really liked those sweet moments between the two. Those moments where the reader could really see how and why they were attracted to one another and how easy it became to believe in their relationship despite the stupid things they did over the years.
I wasn't a fan of the stepbrother thing but somehow it bothers me less with m/m than it does with m/f. I have no idea why, but it's simply the way it is. But what I didn't really like, was the relationship Jace and Cooper's father seemed to have from very early on. Although Cooper gave up and forgave them pretty fast, I don't think I could've done that. Hell, I still haven't gotten as far as to say hello to my father's new spouse and they've been living together for more than 10 years... But enough of my personal life and on to the book.
I don't really know which age tag to add.. 'YA' or 'NA' as the story starts when Cooper's 12 and Jace is 14, but the story doesn't take place only then. It takes years and by the time Sunday was ready to say 'The End', Cooper was 25 or something. So I'm going to skip the tag and simply say that it features a bit of YA and a bit of NA elements. The first half or so is more on the side of 'maybe I like him', but later on there are a few scenes that are bit more graphic that most readers would not recommend for teenagers.
All in all, I think it was a sweet story about two guys who simply happened to be stepbrothers.
This was my first book by Anyta Sunday and I really liked it! I want to try other books written by her. The writing style is great. I was hooked from the first pages.
I must admit I was surprised the characters were so young when they met, and I'm not a fan of young adult, but their story is much deeper than I expected, taking place over 10 years. Cooper and Jace were so young and inexperienced, but from cold stepbrothers they end on being best friends, and later lovers. And what a ride it was!
I don't want to reveal too much, but I will say their story really made me ache and it was so much pain in their words and actions, at one point I got really sad.
I'm not giving it full 5 stars because I cannot accept they gave up too easily at one point, AND even if I am afraid this is a half spoiler, I will say I was disappointed with their choice of not wanting to know the truth. I just... I can't imagine this, as I am a VERY curious person, so I wouldn't want to live my life not knowing such an important thing.
But well, the ending was sweet and even if the dark clouds of the past still hunted them, they end up together after all.
Very nice idea of mentioning all those rocks and their history. I thought it would get me bored at one point, but it didn't, it just made this story special and different.
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Jace and Cooper grow up together. Definitely had a box of tissues at my side. Very heartfelt and tear jerking.