To everyone who knows him, West Ashby has always been that guy: the cocky, popular, too-handsome-for-his-own-good football god. But on the inside he's grief-stricken - his father is dying and he hasn't told anyone because he can't face the truth.
Now, as his pain grows unbearable, West finally decides he needs to talk to someone about his dad. So in the dark shadows of a party, he tells the one girl who doesn't speak everything he can't tell anyone else. West expected to feel relief, a flood of emotions - but what he didn't expect was for Maggie Carleton to reply. For her to reveal a pain even deeper than his own. And, for them to form a connection so strong that he couldn't ever let her go
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First off I would like to say that overall, I did enjoy this book. Please keep that in mind while you read my massive rant. It’s pretty much what you can expect from a YA contemporary. But I think some of it was just over the top unrealistic at times.
First off, the side characters were underdeveloped, especially Brady. I really liked him, but at the start of the book he comes across as being annoyed that Maggie has moved in and he wants absolutely nothing to do with her. But literally the next chapter he’s some over-protective cousin. It just didn’t make sense.
I also didn’t like how the characters would act so much older than they are. And not in a good way, they were still so immature. They are meant to be 17-18 years old but you wouldn’t know it! Their relationship moved so fast, he was constantly commenting how he needed a drink which just seems like such an adult thing to say. I didn’t like how West always took charge of all the situations. He would call his mother and tell her to go to sleep and not to wait up. I also think the fact that there weren’t many scenes in the actual school so I kept forgetting they were in high school.
But the thing that really ruined the book for me was their relationship. The book started off as Maggie and West being strictly friends. And I mean it wasn’t a surprise that they fell for each other because that’s just what happens in books right? But it was how damn fast it happened! They had known each other for four weeks. Four. Weeks. I just can’t even put this into words that is how angry this made me. I’m still mad about it. Two-three weeks after they met Maggie had fallen in love with him (even though she didn’t tell him that) and then 2 weeks later West was saying how she was the only one for him and he couldn’t imagine loving anyone else. It’s not even the age thing that I care about because if they had of been together for longer it wouldn’t have been an issue. But they only knew each other for four bloody weeks. I cannot get over that and honestly, that’s what brought the rating down for me. They just rushed into things too quickly. I was constantly rolling my eyes throughout the whole second half of the book. I could go on about how much this frustrated me but I think you get the picture.
At least Maggie had some sense. She realised how insane West was and took a "step back". Because really, he was getting a bit ridiculous with the whole "I can't lose you. I can't survive without you..." (again, it's only been 4 weeks), or the whole separation anxiety when Maggie literally took a step back from him because "the distance terrified me" oh no, she took a step back. how will he survive without her attached at his bloody hip?
Now for some of the things I actually did like.
Even though I've made hardly any positive points. I still can't bring myself to give this book a bad rating. And I realise that is a complete contradiction to what I have said in the review (or rant), but I honestly liked it. If I could have a do-over I would still read it (I wouldn't re-read it though). It was a really good mixture of romance (even though it was incredibly frustrating) and family dynamic and friendships and I don't know what else, but I still liked it. Can you imaging how much I would have liked it if it didn't piss me off?
If you're an Abbi Glines fan definitely give this a go. I've only read a couple of her books but they are very similar in plot lines and style, so I'm sure any Abbi Glines fan would love this. Also, West is mighty fine.
Format: Paperback, 328
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK Childrens
Published: September, 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Acquired From: Simon & Schuster
RRP: $17.99 AUD
* This book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review.
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