The story is a dual POV between Stella and John. Stella is an unconventional main character & I genuinely liked her (I'm very picky with female leads!) John is my #1 favorite type of book boyfriend - the hott rockstar with confidence & a good heart. John struggles with depression, and attempted to take his own life before the book begins. So, he immediately has me at hello. The love story is beautiful, and I loved every single part of it. It has friendship, aching & longing, and oh, the sex! The writing in this book is VERY well done. The author had me hanging onto every last word & not wanting to put the book down until it was over. Then, the book hangover ensued... which is when I started over from the beginning. Yes, it was THAT good. This is hands-down my #1 favorite book in a LONG time.
I read this story over the course of a couple of days - and when it was over, I wished that there was more to read!! The beginning scenes of young Dawson and Ivy were a great intro to build their story up. I'm not into young adult, but it had a young adult feel that just made total sense with how the author wanted to create her story. Dawson & Ivy had an awesome best friend relationship, but there was that longing & angst that made me want to reach through the pages of the book and knock their heads together! There were a couple of surprising & heartbreaking twists that I did not see coming, and it only added to the buildup of the characters & the story. The ending did not disappoint. I think out of everything, what I loved the most was the author's writing style. It was realistic, and it allowed you to get into each of the character's minds.
This story went back and forth between the past and the present. I loved the scenes from the past, as they showed how the couple fell in love and gave you all these warm, fuzzy feelings. The present parts were hard to read after seeing how in love the couple once was and all the dreams they had for their relationship. It was definitely sad. I loved Graham. He was perfect. He was the glue keeping them together throughout the difficult times. There were certain parts I didn't agree with, or didn't like reading, though they were certainly realistic. I was happy with the ending, nonetheless. You won't be disappointed reading this book.
I was into this book, as it was sick & twisted & made me a little nauseous lol it’s definitely a don’t-want-to-put-it-down kind of read. I just wasn’t a fan of the ending. I felt disappointed... maybe because my mind was trying to come up with all of these crazy outcomes, yet it was left kind of open-ended (maybe Colleen wanted you to reflect on what kind of person you are based on your reaction to the ending?) I liked that this branched out from her usual genre/stories because it’s fun to see her doing something like this. She’s definitely good at writing suspense! I was freaked out when reading this alone in my house! It’s worth the read & so cool that she did this. I just think I was expecting a crazier ending.
This story had me feeling SO many mixed emotions, I felt like I stepped off a roller coaster when I finished it. The writing was fabulously done. It was funny, serious, heartbreaking, and full of juicy sexual tension. Most of all, this story was REAL. It was honest. It didn't tell you the things you wanted to hear just to make you feel better about life. It surrounded a real-life situation that many people get judged harshly for, yet you were able to love the characters for exactly those flaws. It reminds you that we're all human. We all make mistakes. And I love a book that shows you a mirror like this one does. The ending broke my heart, yet put it together all at the same time. Oh, and did I mention THE SEX?!? Steamy, passionate, detailed, frequent & just delicious.
An adorable, enjoyable story. Loved the male character & his relationship with the little girl. This was more of a fantasy than a realistic story, which made me enjoy losing myself in the make-believe of it all.