4 stars (actually somewhere between 4 and 4.5 stars lol)
“One day, you and I are gonna’ wake up and be alright. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow but one day. One day. I promise you.” - Callum
Callum and Harper grew up in the foster care system and meet in a social services office after suffering from turning 18 yrs old. They are instantly attracted to each other but develop a friendship instead of a romantic relationship because they are each too scared of losing the other. And Harper is haunted by a creepy psycho guy from her past who will stop at nothing to get to her. Pretty much everything goes wrong for them but they persevere through everything and never give up on each other or life.
Callum and Harper are adorable together. I loved watching their friendship develop. Callum is so wonderfully protective of her - right from pretty much the first moment he met her. I loved his always positive, can-do, nothing will bring us down, we'll get through anything together attitude - it was totally endearing :)
“I loved her so much I could barely see straight. I wanted her so much I could barely breathe straight. I needed her so much I could barely think straight.” ~Callum
The book is written in alternating POVs (literally, like within one chapter, it'll go from his to her POV several times) but its not in the least bit confusing and is actually quite nice because it really helps you get into each of their head.
I've read several books about kids in the foster system and its quite horrible but this book does a very good job at really showing just how damaged many kids who come out of that system can be and how flawed it is. Makes me want to take them all in even though I know I can't. Its quite heartbreaking :(
The things that bugged me were that I felt it took C&H much too long to admit their love for each other. There were times when I really wanted to grab them and shake them and beg them to just admit their feelings out loud despite how cute their friendship was. They came so close sooooo many times lol but were always interrupted... and also, just on a personal level, I'm not super fond of psycho evil creepy bad guys having that much luck getting to one of the main characters.
But all in all it was a wonderful read and the HEA is very cute :)
Also, while this book isn't what I'd call a YA book, there are no graphic sex scenes. Its more about their feelings for each other.