*** This was quite literally one of the first reviews I ever wrote (possibly even the first review??) so just bear with me while you read it. It’s not as detailed as my reviews are now but I loved this book with all my heart and really hope you read it if you haven’t yet 🙂
After the unexpected death of her father forces eighteen year old Layken and her family to move across the country, away from everyone and everything she knows, her outlook on life is anything but hopeful.
Enter Will Cooper: the attractive twenty-one year old new neighbor with an intriguing passion for slam poetry. After a night together that turns out to be everything but the expected, both Layken and Will are left with feelings they never knew they could have. Unfortunately in Layken’s life, things are never what they seem. Just as quickly as it develops, their relationship is derailed by a shocking revelation, sparking a tumultuous battle between their hearts and their ethics.
As if the dramatic turn of events in her life isn’t enough, Layken is slammed again when her mother reveals a secret of her own. A secret so intense, all of Layken’s current problems pale in comparison to her seemingly insurmountable future. Unable to confront the changes that lie ahead of her, Layken ignores her conscience as she turns to Will for solace. Struggles ensue as both Layken and Will search for a balance between that which keeps them apart and the feelings that pull them together.
WOW! 6 stars!! What a beautiful and powerful book! Definitely a MUST read for everyone!!
I loved this book for so many reasons… I loved that Will and Lake were wonderfully refreshing hero and heroine characters because they were realistic, smart, not annoying in any way and didn’t make stupid decisions. I loved the author’s writing style – its very simple but very powerful and its one of those books that really makes you feel what is going on with the characters.
I was completely and utterly shocked to find that I loved the Slam poetry. Boy is it powerful (I know I’ve used that word a lot here but it seems to be the best of that fits what I’m feeling). I’ve personally never really connected to poetry before – was never able to absorb it or relate to it but, in this book, it is so effective in giving the reader a view of what is going on in the characters’ head and heart. I absolutely fell in love with it.
I loved the intensity of Will and Lake’s feelings for each other. I had butterflies in my stomach for most of the book and could stop turning the pages.
This book brought me to tears more than once. And my cheeks were damp throughout the whole final 10% or so. Even thinking back to some of the scenes makes me emotionalal.
This book is about love and loss and life and death (not the death of the hero/heroine though, fear not lol).
“If I live the life I’m given, I won’t be scared to die.”
“Don’t take life too seriously. Punch it in the face when it needs a good hit. Laugh at it.”
I’d highly highly recommend it to pretty much anyone and everyone who loves to read.
Now I understand what all the fuss was about – everywhere I looked here, people were raving about it and now I’m joining that club!
“I got schooled this year
a boy that I’m seriously,
deeply, madly, incredibly,
and undeniably in love
And he taught me the most
important thing of all …
To put the emphasis
♥♥ READING ORDER + BOOK INFO ♥♥
These books should absolutely be read in order.
Each of the books in this series got a 6 star rating from me.