Blurb: The story you thought you knew…
When Kyle Calloway died, he took a part of Nell with him. She wasn’t the only one left to pick up the pieces, however; Kyle’s death left a gaping hole in the hearts and lives of his parents and his older brother Colton, and ultimately broke the will of the girl he loved.
The story you never imagined…
Becca de Rosa is Nell’s best friend. When Kyle died, Nell was so devastated that no one could reach her, not even her best friend Becca. As she tries to help Nell through her grief, Becca’s own life is thrust into turmoil, and everything she knows is changed.
Jason Dorsey asked Nell out the week after her sixteenth birthday, but that date never happened. Instead, he ended up going out with Nell’s best friend, Becca. He had no way of knowing, then, how that one date would send him on a life-long journey with Becca. He had no way of knowing the tragedies and triumphs he would experience, or that in Becca, he might find the love of a lifetime.
The heartache you’ll never forget.
Review: The issues I had with the first book in this series are only amplified in this book. This is a YA into NA book, not an adult romance, no matter the more explicit nature and parts. And yes, I’m calling it YA because we are dealing with 15 to 16 year olds for a large chunk of the book. First of all, my library has yet again failed in the labeling and tagging and didn’t have either of those genres noted when, at bare minimum it should have had a NA tag. I did sort of know what I was getting into since I read the first book, but I still wasn’t expecting it to lean so heavily into the YA/NA for so much of the book.
I have to say that yet again, I do not enjoy reading about mid to late teen first time sex. It is so far from interesting to plow through the layers of awkward. Where the first book we only had that for about a 1/3 of the book, this one was well over the half way point before our characters began to mature. Even then, we were still focused on mostly late teen years so the expected maturing to full adults didn’t really happen until the last maybe 10 to 20% of the book.
Also with book one, we were dealing with some pretty darn heavy emotional drama for almost all of the book. That allowed me to look past the lower maturity level because the rest was really pretty intense. In this one, there were definite points where that was the case, but they were fewer with a lot of not so interesting in between. Taking my general dislike for the YA/NA bent of the story out of the way, the less than emotionally dramatic points in this book just didn’t have much of anything going on which left this as really an okay story and there weren’t enough of those stronger points to overcome that. It also didn’t help that a huge chunk of those better points were points that we’d already hit in book one so they weren’t really new and had lost a lot of the impact.
It is a struggle to rate this because the genre is just so not my thing and that seriously colors how I feel about this. I do think that it is well written for what it is and should get the notice for that, but overall, I’m just not much of a fan. I liked the first book quite a bit better than this one. After this, though, I most likely won’t read the next one just because I am not a fan of the genre.