Small story about a secret in Coldwater Mississippi. Very engaging and a page turner. However, it's a quiet literary type of story. This is not my fir...moreSmall story about a secret in Coldwater Mississippi. Very engaging and a page turner. However, it's a quiet literary type of story. This is not my first read. I have read it several times. I wanted to be reminded how a story can be very small and yet, VERY BIG at the same time.(less)
I bought this book a couple of years ago and it's just been lingering in my Kindle. Yesterday I decided to read some of it and well, I couldn't stop....moreI bought this book a couple of years ago and it's just been lingering in my Kindle. Yesterday I decided to read some of it and well, I couldn't stop. I read the entire book in one day, which means that the book is HIGHLY READABLE and has a natural flow to it. I really loved this book.
It's a contemporary romance, about two very wounded people who are thrown together and what follows is a wonderful love story.
What makes this novel rise among so many similar stories is how their love for one another gives them the ability (and separately too) to act. In other words, this love story is more about how to let go of the past (though that past is always going to be like a shadow on your heels) and move on. Letting go of the past is one of the most difficult things to do in life. I can't stress this enough. Letting go of who you are/were, letting go of past pains, of past loves, of what defined you or gave you joy is SO VERY DIFFICULT.
That is what this book is about. There are some who wrote this book was a bit too much, in terms of that anguish, but for teenagers, I can't say enough about it. Some people never let go or they find themselves letting go at 40 or 50 years of age, when so much time has went by, which is sad. The time to let go is when you are young and can begin a life that you own.
That is what Echo and Noah did.
And speaking of...Echo is a wonderful character. She can represent a lot of young girls. Not all scars are on the outside, but a lot of young girls carry scars, repress misery, have loved and lost, and just want to be loved and wanted. That is so freaking natural. Also, Echo almost loses her mind trying to let go of a toxic family set-up. NOT MANY PEOPLE ever let go of that toxic set-up.
Noah. I absolutely love Noah. He's one of those boys with a big heart. When he loves, there is no middle ground. It's all or nothing. To say boys don't really feel like this is so wrong. I am the mother of three sons and I remember one of my sons falling madly in love in high school. When they broke up, he thought he would die. Hey all you girls out there, boys do have hearts, even boys like Noah, who are sometimes harsh. In fact, Noah reminded me so much of a few kids that I knew while tutoring, but these kids never found their Echo and that is so sad.
And well, Noah can call the "younger me" baby anytime he likes.
I highly recommend this book. It's an enjoyable read, takes itself seriously, and the fluff is low.(less)
Will review later, but it would have been perfect if not for the ending, which I felt was a little rushed and confusing. Laughing. I love this author...moreWill review later, but it would have been perfect if not for the ending, which I felt was a little rushed and confusing. Laughing. I love this author and I've read this book about four times.
Same question: Whose story is it? Guess I will have to read entire series to know!!!!!!!(less)