Also by this author: Je Suis a Toi (Monsters in the Dark, #4)
The Girl and Her Ren by Pepper Winters
Series: The Ribbon Duet, #2
Published by Indie on June 7, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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The Epic Conclusion to The Boy & His Ribbon
"What do you do when you write down all your secrets? No...that's not enough. What do you do when you write down all your secrets and the one person who should never read them does?
I'll tell you what you do.
Ren didn't know the meaning of love until he took Della for his own.
To begin with, he hated her, but as the months bled into years, he learned the opposite of hate, dedicating his life to giving her everything.
Every sacrifice, every gift, he gave wholeheartedly.
But then love turned to lust and ruined everything.
I was stupid to write down my secrets, but I'd been stupid before, so it was nothing new.
I couldn't blame him, hate him, fix him.
I tried to move on without him.
But no matter what I did, I couldn't seem to delete the secrets I'd written.
Until something happened.
Until he came back and read my stupid secrets.
And nothing was the same after that.
The fallen papers crunched beneath my boot as I shifted my weight, leaning into her, seeking an answer. “Why didn’t you tell me?”
She flinched, her eyes closing beneath an avalanche of pain.
“Della…please.” My calloused thumbs caressed her silky-soft skin, catching on her young perfection with my older imperfection.
Ten years separated us.
Ten years was an eternity when she was a babe and I was a boy, but now…it no longer held such power. I refused to let it because I didn’t know what I’d do if I couldn’t touch her the way I was touching her now.
She laughed quietly, full of torture and tragedy. “I did tell you. In a roundabout way.”
“But I did.” She dared meet my eyes. “I never understood how I could touch you, hug you, kiss you, and you never knew. I didn’t know how I could hide my jealousy when you were with Cassie or later with your one-night stands. I lay awake at night analysing every sentence I said to you, amazed that you never heard what I’d been shouting for longer than I could remember.”
“True love was a vicious monster, feeding on my reserves, breaking me beneath its resolve to either kill me if I didn’t obey or destroy me if I did.”
Pepper Winters is a vicious monster as well and you know what, I love her and her writing even more for it. The Girl and Her Ren wrecked me. Utterly wrecked me. I’m talking ugly cry that happened in public. I’m talking frantic looks and gasps that drew suspicious looks. I’m talking ripping my heart out, splaying it all over the floor and taunting it to figure a way to repair itself. I’ve never felt this emotionally spent after reading a book and in the end, it was the most rewarding feeling. It was was cathartic and healing. It meant that everything I read was raw, real and brutally honest.
Now that I got that out of the way, if you haven’t read The Boy and His Ribbon, then stop right now. You cannot read this book without reading it. The Girl and Her Ren picks up right after The Boy and His Ribbon. I won’t recount what happen or even tell you what’s going to happen. All you need to know it that it’s going to make you feel. I know a lot of people tell you that. Some of us aren’t really prone to emotional outbursts, myself included. I’ve only cried over a few books my entire life. So when I say this book wrecked me, I really mean it wrecked me. It pushes your boundaries, it challenges you to love, and it makes you face harsh realities that no one wants to deal with but have to anyway.
Pepper’s writing style always sucks me in. She’s the master of eloquently depicting raw and haunting stories. I don’t say that to scare people away. I say that to show just how skillful her writing is. It sucks you in from the moment it starts. You experience everything that the characters experience right along with them. It’s painful a lot of times but it’s so pure and happy many other times.
I think I’m just rambling at this point because I don’t know what else to say other then the fact that this booked wrecked me and is now my absolute favorite. It’s going to be one of those books when people asked what ugly cry books have you read and this is the first one to say. AND THEN THEY QUESTION WHY YOU’VE READ IT A THOUSAND TIMES when they could only read it once. I like to torture myself with those things that make me feel the most and The Girl and Her Ren just jumped to the top of that list. Ren and Della will always stay in my heart.