★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Favorite’s of 2014
Pardon me for sounding cliché, but this was ”FLAT-OUT FANTASTIC”!
Jessica Park took me on an emotional journey. What an amazingly, sweet, romantic book. Her writing is so fluid and her story telling is so effortless, that one minute you are laughing and the next, in tears and you are not quite sure how you got to that point. I was fascinated with the way in which she reached the arc of the story. It was slow, yet I was never bored. The characters and their lives were so interesting and so beautiful that I was so involved in them that I was never left with the thought, “OKAY, let’s get there”. (Yes, I know, I am rambling, I can’t help it.)
There were several themes in this story: accepting other’s for who they are, and being kind to them regardless; caring for others enough to not just stand on the sideline while they are hurting; guilt, depression and love; fighting to become the person you want to be.
There are so many reviews explaining what the book is about that I don’t feel it is necessary for me to do the same. I will however, say that if you have not read this, DO NOT READ ANY REVIEWS. You do not want to have your experience ruined.
There were so many wonderful quotes in this book, like this:
After Julie had learned her mom secured her a temporary place to stay and the son of Erin Watkins would be picking her up in front of the burrito restaurant:
“OK. Matt. Dangerous town. Blue Volvo. If I get into the wrong car and get myself murdered and dumped in an alley, I want you to know how much I love you. And don’t look in the third drawer of my desk.”
One of my favorite scenes was the elevator scene. 🙂 It was so sweet and endearing. Finn Watkins, (Erin’s other son) had me swooning and held me captive with his words:
“You’re safe. Tell me you trust me.”
“I trust you.”
This is one of those books that you start reading and instantly know you have hit the reading jackpot. I had a smile on my face from the first page that never left. Even through the sadness I smiled, because it was that good. The writing never missed a beat. It had the perfect blend of humor, a little angst and romance. The characters were so thoroughly developed that I became so invested in the story I felt like I was reading about my friends.