Author: Colleen Hoover
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: January 2012
Genre: Young Adult Fiction/Realistic Romance
Synopsis can be found here.
Layken is uprooted from her life in Texas after her father’s death. Her mom moves her and her brother to far away to start a new life. And there she meet Will, her next door neighbor, and potential soul mate.
Will and Layken forge an irresistable bond, but something comes to light that tears them apart. Now, they are forced to stay friendly, while inside each person is pining for the other. But through Slam Poetry, maybe another bond can be formed. Maybe it’s a way to communicate, when conversation fails.
I really enjoyed reading this book. Thank you Colleen Hoover. It’s been a while since I’ve sat on the couch and read for hours, not wanting to do anything, including watch The Vampire Diaries. Seriously. I recorded it for later. I had to. I needed to finish reading this. It was so good.
Will is funny, strong and personable. He’s a great male lead, sensitive and mature. I loved the brothers, fantastic comic relief. Eddie is priceless and sweet, full of goodness. And Layken is pretty cool. I liked her inner monologue and her inner frustrations seemed genuine and real to me, although sometimes a bit dramatic. (A few times, I wanted to tell her to snap out of it because she was being a baby.)
I loved the Slam Poetry scattered throughout the book and how the author used it to forge these strong bonds between characters. I loved the romance because it was organic and sweet. And I loved the twist. I can’t say what it is, but this book is more than just a teenage romance. It’s more than a coming of age story.
Colleen Hoover, I applaud you. My heart broke, my heart soared.
I’ll be thinking about this novel for a while.
Rating: 8 Cookie Worthy