Wow, I'm just speechless right now. I admit that I've loved pretty much all of CoHo's books and she has now became an auto buy author for me so I pretty much figured that I would like it, but this book, it blew me away. So fair warning, this review may be a rambling mess.
Lily is a character that was very easy for me to connect with, she was smart, strong and by the end of this book, I really admired her and her courage. She has been through so much and she could have easily let her circumstances destroy her and everything she had came to believe in, but she stood strong and she had faith in herself and I really loved that about her.
I also really loved how this book alternated between present and the past (in the form of Lily's old journal entries). I really think it added something extra to the story and it made me understand Lily better. We get to see a glimpse of the things she had to witness and endure in her past. To me, this let me understand and connect with Lily better in the present.
Lily's story isn't an easy one to read, there are a lot of tough subjects in this book and I'm sure this book won't be for everyone. However, CoHo handles these tough subjects very well and I feel like the overall message of the book is so important. I can't go into details due to spoilers but let me just say that I was happy with the way things ended.
It Ends With Us is an heartbreaking, emotional rollercoaster that I did not want to get off. Lily's story, while at times was hard to read, is a very important book to read.
When I read the summary for this book, I knew that it was a book that I just had to read. That summary just hooked me and it sounded like something that I would absolutely love, and of course I was right!
Everyone We've Been is a story about Addie, who after an accident is seeing a boy that no one else can see. Upon trying to figure out what's going on, she discovers some things that she wasn't expecting and she'll have to come to terms with not only the boy no one else can see, but also the things that she learns on the way. It's not an easy road, and the things she learns aren't easy things to accept, but in order to move on, she'll have to put together the pieces and learn that there are some things we can't change or forget, no matter how much we wish.
Addie was very easy for me to connect with, I liked her from the very beginning and the whole time I was reading her story, I was rooting for her. Everyone We've Been is told in past and present and I feel like it made the story and the plot more powerful. I really felt like I was right there with Addie because I was learning things as she did and trying to wrap my head around what was happening as she was.
This book definitely had a few twists that I didn't see and then there were some that I started piecing together as I was reading. I think because the story was alternating between past and present, it kept it the story flowing at the perfect pace.
Everyone We've Been is a story that gripped me from the very beginning and didn't let me go until the very end.
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Last Seen Leaving is a book that I was really excited to get my hands on. We all know that I'm a fan of thrillers, right? So of course I HAD to read this book. I mean, that description is intriguing and vague, which of course only made me want to read it that much more. Thankfully, the book is just as intriguing and I was able to get hooked very early on.
As the description says, Flynn's girlfriend, January, is missing and while the 'main' plot of this book follows the mystery of her disappearance, there is also so much more going on. As the description also states, Flynn must face the truth about himself so this book is also about self discovery and learning about not only how to be yourself, but how to be okay with who you are.
I didn't feel like Flynn's 'secret' was that BIG of a secret as I had it figured out pretty quickly, but I loved how much he was supported by his family when everything came to light. I wish his friends would have shown the same support, but I'm okay with how it all played out in the end.
Now, about the whole disappearing girlfriend thing. I really liked the fact that Flynn didn't allow himself to sit around on the sidelines and wait, instead he jumped right in the middle of everything to try to solve the mystery behind January's disappearance. Sure I did find some things a little unbelievable when it came to stuff he was able to uncover, but the police weren't.
I'm not going to go into the mystery aspect much because anything I say could potentially be a spoiler, so I'll just say that Last Seen Leaving was well played out and I enjoyed how everything unraveled slowly in the book to allow you to try to put the pieces together right along with Flynn.