oh my god... This book... I need a minute or a decade to write a goo enough review for this book...
thank you for this book... Thank you
There is just so m...moreoh my god... This book... I need a minute or a decade to write a goo enough review for this book...
thank you for this book... Thank you
There is just so much a heart can take, a girl can fight, a smile can falter. There is just so much that a boy can hurt, a glare can cower, a word can break.
An extremely beautifully crafted novel, a talented author, and a heart-wrenching story. I loved every single word in it!
Gracie, oh Gracie, how I suffered for and with you. How I hated and loved you, how I sometimes wanted to hug you while others I just really wanted to shake you. Gracie's character can't even be called a character. I thought of her as a person, as a living person, one who was close to me throughout the whole read of the book. I thought of her as a friend that needed me and yet didn't have me because as much as I wanted to get inside the story, inside the book, inside of all the character's lives... I couldn't.
- ...the love and affection I craved from Noah was being dangled in front of me. It gave me hope that the Noah I fell in love with was clawing to get out. I couldn't give up on him now. -
Gracie's sweet, innocent, funny, smiley, if a bit shy. But she's a good girl, not boring, not anything that would scream at you "get away I'm a loner" nope. Though she tended to be a bit naive, I could have not liked her more. She's an incredible person with a huge heart and even a bigger mind. The one tiny little problem?
She loves the person that doesn't want or maybe doesn't let other people love him.
Though, Noah DOES love her, in his terms and his way but from what I could read and gather he did love her and maybe still does...
But I think he didn't know how to love her afterwards... When life happened, when school happened, when the distance happened, when one thing and the other came and Gracie's place in Noah's life started to drop in ranking... He didn't know how to lover her and he knew even less how to let her go.
And that's when everything fell apart and the story really begins...
And you know where does that happen???
In the VERY BEGINNING OF THE BOOK!
- "... I don't deserve you. I guess in a twisted sort of way, I push you away to save you." -
We get flashes of the past in between what happens in the present and there... Among those... We meet Jake, whom I loved from the start.
Jake who so carefully and lovingly picked up the pieces when Noah went too far; Jake, who could with just one touch calm Gracie's thoughts, breath and heartbeat; Jake, who with every single word started teaching Gracie her value. Jake, who was simply perfect.
I didn't know, I didn't understand why some girls stay in decaying and self-destructive, abusive relationships. But after reading this, I got a glimpse inside a head of one.
Sometimes we don't know we're near the waves, sometimes we don't know we've taken that step closer to them, sometimes we don't see that half our bodies have already been submerged in the water... Sometimes it takes trying to take a breath to see that we're in too deep.
-My body landed softly, somewhere. I was finally in so deep that I reached the bottom. There's no air on the bottom. People suffer here.-
There's hope, there's love and there's trust for all of you who've been there or are still there. Inside, drowning, trying to scream for help...
Some will try to reason that they're fine, that the water burns their lungs but not too much and maybe it'll come a time when it'll be too late for them... But for now. For now you can all be saved.
You have so much value, you are worth so much more.
Love is happiness, sacrifice, trust, smiles, laughter, happy tears, fighting together to destroy that which tears you apart.
Michelle Kemper's writing was astounding and fresh. Her book was all her, her voice was loud and clear and her description of every little thing perfect.
I couldn't have asked for a better debut novel.
Everyone should watch out for this author who'll have you with a broken heart in a minute and a mended and glowing heart the next.
- When I looked in the mirror, I no longer saw the girl I used to be. I let [...] pull me this way and that way, then finally let him pull me apart, and he left behind only a fraction of who I once was. -
We're worth infinite happiness. All of us. Never settle :)
My weaknesses? BOTH were put right there on display. The cover is absolutely gorgeous and goes perfectly well with the story and the tittle? Insane and right to the heart of the book. It was IN it as much as it was ON it.
A heartbreaking-eye opener debut novel that grabs your heart and mind since the very first page without you noticing until you're in too deep to let go. Raw, happy, gritty, sad, and oh so very real. Michelle Kemper is one author to watch out for.
Recommended to fans of Michelle D. Argyle (The Breakaway) & Jamie McGuire (Beautiful Disaster) ^_^
"Two people walking in the same direction."
I give this book, 5/5 if it were a YA book it'd have the 10/5 rating. Trust me. BookPics special rating(less)