For as long as Kayden can remember, suffering in silence has been the only way to survive, until one night when Callie and Kayden's worlds collide.
After that moment, Kayden can't stop thinking about Callie and when they end up at the same college, he does everything in his power to convince her that it isn't coincidence - it's fate.
Kindle Edition, 283 pages
Published December 13th 2012
Well hellllllooooo Jessica Sorensen let me introduce you to a new stalker/fan. ...ME!!! This is my first book of yours and prepare yourself for the twitter stalking that shall soon commence...because h-o-l-y fuck...did you REALLY just end this book like you did?!!! Yep. You did. And while I really want to hate you for it, I kinda love the sweet torture of it too. I guess I'm sick that way. The good news, for me, is that the second book is released...the bad news?!! When the hell is the third one coming out? Sigh. Right! I had to get in my way back car and think about my feelings for this book. I read it as a self-pub, and book two was maybe not even written yet. So you can imagine my shock and horror and OMG thinking with the way this one ended. Absolutely heartbreaking, emotional, yet riveting = this entire book! I looovvvveeeee this book, and JS's writing! So I'm so glad that I've bullied my co-blogger there into reading this sooner rather than later! Even though I told her it was going to hurt like hell to do so!
So if any of you are newbies like me, let me tell you--this book practically reads itself. It was pure torture to have to put this book down and attend to my day job so I kept telling myself that reading this would be my reward for actually doing my job. Here's the thing...Callie and Kayden's background stories are horrific and compelling. They each go to college with more than your typical baggage. To their credit, they both seek this as an opportunity to escape and ,with a little help from friends, they are able to relax and enjoy their new-found freedom. While they are both figuring some things out and learning how to cope with things, they strike up a friendship that has the potential to develop into something more. And honestly, they both feel the fear and hugeness of the emotions that are sparking between them. I'll give Callie (and her new BFF Seth) a ton of credit--she continually tries to work through her fears and allows herself to feel all of the emotions that come with this process. Kayden has a harder time, at first, with handling all of the emotions that come with this new friendship with Callie but he, too, allows himself to explore them (a little credit should go to Luke--Kayden's BFF--, too, for pushing Kayden to deal with things).
I thoroughly enjoyed the dynamic that these two knew of each other in high school...Callie knowing a few more things about Kayden...yet they weren't really friends. So while they had history, there was still a getting to know you period as they became friends that allowed for a wee bit of fun and fresh air to the melancholy that much of the past represented. Like Shelley said, their friends are a huge part of each of their healing process...but they start to find a kinship in each other that really helps them move forward....until shit completely hits the fan. O_O
I appreciate that Jessica Sorensen didn't pretty things up or try to make everything easy for her characters. It was nice to read and empathize with their struggles and I found that reading those made the good times that much better. The realistic description of their experiences and emotions --their immaturity and maturity--also made this such a fantastic read. So many scenes stand out as memorable--the pool house, the fairgrounds, the football field and the rain, the hikes and her message on the hilltop...so many great scenes! The secondary characters are fantastic, as well, and I could definitely see myself reading their stories too (HINT, HINT)
NO...she did not sugar coat anything at all. Some parts are hard to go there...but since we apparently are complete masochists when we read the more our heart was ripped out the more we fell in love with this book and Kayden...and definitely Jessica! So...please read this book and do not be afraid of all of our doom and gloom. There is a beautiful story here of two people trying to make sense of things that have happened to them...you will not regret it!
I absolutely cannot wait to carve out the time to read book 2 and you fill find me doing a very happy dance when book 3 comes out!!! Buddy read....book two definitely calls for a buddy read! :)
Shelley: 5 Stars
Courtney: 5 Stars
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