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Heartache and Hope by Jay McLean
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it was amazing
bookshelves: favourites-2019, angsty-goodness, na-ya-college, tissues-needed

You know that Eminem song Without Me - it has the line "Guess Who's Back, Back Again".. well that's how I'm feeling right now. It's been a long time since I got to enjoy new words from Jay McLean and what does she do - she storms back into my life with a story that puts me on my ass.

It's not like the usual NA reads of late where everything is over the top angst. Trying to be all gangster about everything. Nope. This one is smooth. It's subtle and it sucker punches you right in the heart. Jay has the ability to capture the true emotions and dialogue of NA characters that have you nodding your head, holding your chest & shaking your first - remembering those first kisses, first heartbreaks and all the bad decisions in between.

Ava is an extraordinary young lady - doing the very best she can in an awful situation. Her young life was turned upside down by some very adult circumstances and she's had to learn to function regardless. But that's all she's doing - functioning. Ava herself is a shell. Connor blows into town and he's everything she shouldn't want. Everything needed to fill her up! If we're being honest she's everything he should avoid too - his scholarship is all that matters.

So of course they're drawn to each other - I mean come on we'd have no book if they weren't. But it's the reasons they're drawn to each other, what they see in each other and the relationship they develop that drew me in. These characters are young but their love story is very genuine and completely hooked me. I cried A LOT in this one. Like piles of tissues kind of a lot but it was so worth it. I love a book that can break my heart like this.

The cliffhanger is brutal and I might have called Jay some colourful names when I tried to flick on and there were no more pages but I wholeheartedly recommend this one and will be waiting impatiently for book two.

All bow down to the Queen of NA - she's back!

I received an arc of this book.
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Reading Progress

May 5, 2019 – Shelved
May 5, 2019 – Shelved as: to-read
June 22, 2019 –
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"Current Status - Emotional Wreck!!!
Jay is back & Jay is killing me slowly with her words...
I had forgotten how much her books hurt"
June 23, 2019 – Started Reading
June 23, 2019 – Shelved as: favourites-2019
June 23, 2019 – Shelved as: angsty-goodness
June 23, 2019 – Shelved as: na-ya-college
June 23, 2019 – Shelved as: tissues-needed
June 23, 2019 – Finished Reading

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Melissa Great review


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Eli Yanti Would love to read this 😊


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Cat Fantastic review x


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Diane Silvia Fantastic review❤


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Allison Kathleen Loved this review!!


Lynn Love the review! I gave it 5 stars, Jay never disappoints!


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