Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary
Overall I enjoyed this book fairly; it proved to be a somewhat delightful little read to pass the time. I did have a few issues however which I will highlight further below.
Layken is an 18 year old who makes a move with her family far away from the place she grew up after the death of her father. She has issues she’s dealing with inside where she doesn’t know what to think about her life anymore. Then comes Will, and there’s instant connection between the two. Will has a love for Slam poetry so there’s much of that we get to witness in this book. Layken sees something in him which she believes will hold her together but that in instantly taken away from her as soon as it arrives.
This was a sweet read. I think the main highlight for me was the place poetry played in this book. The way it was used by the characters to portray their feelings, it was something I became fond of. Personally for me poetry is the perfect way for expression and I LOVED the fact that this book uses it in the exact same way. When basic communication fails, then turn to poetry!
One of the issues I had was how repetitive it seemed to other similar student-teacher romances it seemed. I mean things happened a little differently, a different setting, no major age gap but there were other things which felt like reading the same things I had previously. Such as they meet a few days before school, its instant love, the big reveal happens when they lock eyes with each other in the classroom blahblahblah. I reckon that was one thing that didn’t make it as good for me as it could have been, because I’ve just read too many of the same books. There were things that were different however, the fact that they’re in fact neighbours with little brothers who are best friends. And the problems they had to deal with were also something diverse.
Another issue I had was the fact that they managed to feel so deeply within the matter of a few days. I mean COME ON. Real life people. It does not just happen! And even if they did manage to get in so deep within a short span of time then I would have liked a little better description or something for those feelings to actually be expressed through the book to make it a little believable for me. Feeling was lacking for me and that’s one very important factor I look at when it comes to stories. It’s really strange because the other two Colleen Hoover books that I read (Maybe Someday and Ugly Love) were jam packed with emotions that made me connect with the book. But then again they were original storylines too.
And Layken. OMG. Does that girl have no understanding of will and his responsibilities? I didn’t get her need for him to have a relationship with her when she knows he has a little kid to look after and a relationship with her could cost him his job. She just felt like this whiny little teenager who was content on having Will chase after without any concern for his obligations. That didn’t really sit well with me.
Despite the fact that I had many issues with this one, I’d like to simply pin it down to the fact that I’ve read one too many of these kind of romances. Therefore I’d like to think that it probably would have been much more enjoyable for me if I hadn’t already read so many forbidden romances. Hence it’s only fair if I say that you should read it yourself to develop your own opinion. Happy reading 🙂
“It’s not just lies they’re referring to. It’s life. You can’t run to another town, another place, another state. Whatever it is you’re running from-it goes with you. It stays with you until you find out how to confront it.”