Following the unexpected death of her father, 18-year-old Layken is forced to be the rock for both her mother and younger brother. Outwardly, she appears resilient and tenacious, but inwardly, she’s losing hope.
Enter Will Cooper: The attractive, 21-year-old new neighbor with an intriguing passion for slam poetry and a unique sense of humor. Within days of their introduction, Will and Layken form an intense emotional connection, leaving Layken with a renewed sense of hope.
Not long after an intense, heart-stopping first date, they are slammed to the core when a shocking revelation forces their new relationship to a sudden halt. Daily interactions become impossibly painful as they struggle to find a balance between the feelings that pull them together, and the secret that keeps them apart.
One of the best and most memorable books I have read in a very long time. I don’t know how to review this book without gushing about it or using an unreasonable amount of superlatives. This book and its sequel Point of Retreat are just… WOW. A solid story line that is beautifully written, with simple descriptions and dialogues, but so emotionally charged that half of the time I didn’t know whether I wanted to cry or laugh. My poor heart was in knots so many times.
If I have to choose one thing that I loved the most about these books it would be the dialogues, especially some of the stuff the younger characters were saying (I want Kiersten to be my best friend too!). I loved how the characters interacted with each other, how open everyone was and how much they all loved each other. … OK, I can’t just pick one thing!! I loved the love story between Will and Lake, I loved the way Will loved his brother Caulder and the way Lake loved her brother Kel, I loved Julia, I loved Eddie, I loved the slams, I loved suck and sweet time, I love the vase of stars, I loved Kiersten, … I even loved the Chuck Norris jokes!
This is such a serious book, though. The issues of loss, grief and survival are all tackled so beautifully, using humour to lighten things up. You feel so serenely happy after you finish reading it but you are also aware that you’ve just been through an emotional roller-coaster.
I loved loved loved these books!! This is simply one of those times when 5 stars is just not enough.