“Following the unexpected death of her father, 18-year-old Layken is forced to be the rock for both her mother and younger brother. Outwardly, she appears resilient and tenacious, but inwardly, she’s losing hope.
Enter Will Cooper: The attractive, 21-year-old new neighbor with an intriguing passion for slam poetry and a unique sense of humor. Within days of their introduction, Will and Layken form an intense emotional connection, leaving Layken with a renewed sense of hope.
Not long after an intense, heart-stopping first date, they are slammed to the core when a shocking revelation forces their new relationship to a sudden halt. Daily interactions become impossibly painful as they struggle to find a balance between the feelings that pull them together, and the secret that keeps them apart.”
– Taken from Goodreads
This book has been shelved several times as DNF here on Goodreads. After starting this, I realized why that was. It was just too cliché, boring and all that. However, this changed a bit around 20% (getting there was nearly impossible, though), thanks to an unexpected twist.
After the twist, however, it went back to its typical NA plot. I don’t mind an obvious plot. I do mind it when I can’t wait for the book to be finished, and that usually happens when the characters and the writing style don’t really convince me.
Layken (what kind of name is that?) was a typical teenager, throwing tantrums and being moody. I didn’t really like her. In fact, I liked Eddie, her friend, far better. Will was another *meh* character. Of course, he is physically perfect, and psychologically messed up.
I have read other books by Colleen Hoover (Hopeless and Maybe Someday come to mind), and, for me, this was the worst. It was all too obvious, and the characters came across as too soft, mellow. That is why I liked Eddie better. Her darker past made for a more interesting character that Layken.
Rating: 2 out of 5