Published by Montlake Romance on May 29, 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jamie McGuire comes a riveting tale of first love that starts young but runs deep.
The first time Elliott Youngblood spots Catherine Calhoun, he’s just a boy with a camera, and he’s never seen a sadder and more beautiful sight. Both Elliott and Catherine feel like outcasts, yet they find an easy friendship with each other. But when Catherine needs him most, Elliott is forced to leave town.
Elliott finally returns, but he and Catherine are now different people. He’s a star high school athlete, and she spends all her free time working at her mother’s mysterious bed-and-breakfast. Catherine hasn’t forgiven Elliott for abandoning her, but he’s determined to win back her friendship…and her heart.
Just when Catherine is ready to fully trust Elliott, he becomes the prime suspect in a local tragedy. Despite the town’s growing suspicions, Catherine clings to her love for Elliott. But a devastating secret that Catherine has buried could destroy whatever chance of happiness they have left.
”It’s good, you know, for things not to come easy. You appreciate them more.”
That about sums up this book into one word. I was surprised by the story line and being so shocked at the end of the book. I was surprised by how different this felt from any other book Jamie has written. I was surprised that this was not what I expected at all.
This was a roller coast of a book that had so many bumps along the way that I never knew what to expect. It was suspense the whole time yet it had an undercurrent of hope the whole way. It was very coming of age and yet had so many important topics being covered in it.
While I really liked the story line and the mystery of it all, my rating comes down to never really connecting to the characters. For me, that took away some of the enjoyment for me personally. I still recommend this to anyone who likes these types of books. It’s a good read either way.
”You can’t save everyone.”
“I just want to save her.”