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Within the first chapter of this novel it's obvious that Ms. Hoover has a skill for the written word.
The story unfolds easily, the characters and theWithin the first chapter of this novel it's obvious that Ms. Hoover has a skill for the written word.
The story unfolds easily, the characters and their situations are believable and relatable. Layken, or Lake, is just a girl trying to recover from a life that isn't going how she'd planned. She feels helpless and as if she's losing everything important to her and in a sense...she is.
Will, a charming yet very real guy that lives across the street, seems to effortlessly shake her from her sorrow just long enough for her to realize that she's still living...that there is hope of moving past the tragedies in her life. But when Will becomes untouchable, distancing himself from her and simultaneously putting loss center stage again, she's certain that she'll never find happiness in her new home.
I am in love with Lake and Will's relationship. It's this tragic, kind of sexy, and totally touching connection between two young adults who have suffered far more than anyone should in a lifetime. It's easy to understand both sides and to understand the struggle that keeps them apart. Sometimes in books the conflict that keeps lovers apart is a flimsy and weak argument that ends up feeling drawn out and even more often, the characters draw out their happily ever after simply to reach a page count. This love story however doesn't feel drawn out and boring, nor does it seem forced. The factors all add up. Imagine that.
Because I am self-published myself I need to take a little detour and point out that it is authors like Colleen Hoover that show us as readers and even those skeptics of self-publishing that a great novel doesn't need bells and whistles. It simply needs a talented author with the ability to tell a story worth remembering. I was, I'll admit, drawn in for the most part by the fact that Hoover self-published. Between the awesome reviews and the feeling of being a kindred spirit of sorts I knew that I HAD to read this book and it's sequel. It saddens me however to think of the readers who will jump on this bandwagon far too late to fully appreciate its worth. You know...when it's a best seller and about to become a major motion picture.
So without talking this story up, because it certainly sells itself, I suggest that you, yes you skeptical reader of self-published works, and you also, reader who is open to any great piece of literature, to read this book NOW. Do not find excuses to read it "eventually" or keep it in the back of your mind to come back to later. This author and her novels are why we read in the first place....more