I took a long time to review this one, didn’t I? Also, I gave up on my Goodreads Challenge because it became stressful far too quickly. But I got sent this title a while back now, and I have a lot of mixed thoughts on it. I’ve never heard of Courtney Stevens before, so again it’s a book where I have no idea whatsoever why I requested it but I did it anyway and hoped for the best really! So, I read it, and here’s what I thought.
Sadie Kingston. She’s a girl who’s living in the shadow of a tragedy. One year ago, she was involved in a car accident that left her with scars but left her friend, Trent McCall, with nothing. So she’s living in the aftermath of the accident that killed her best friend, and she can’t move forward. It feels as though the only one that understands is Trent’s brother, Max. Slowly, Sadie begins to fall for Max, and he learns to look beyond the scars. But can Sadie ever look beyond the past to embrace the future, or will she be stuck there for years to come?
I’d read ‘What’s Broken Between Us’ by Alexis Bass shortly before reading this book, and that’s not something I’d advise doing because it feels like the same book. But then again, I really liked What’s Broken Between Us so take what you will from that.
The book takes a serious issue of survivor’s guilt and what happens in the time after an accident occurs, and deals with it a unique and inventive way. You never get to meet Trent, making him this mysterious silhouette like character so you get wrapped up in the mystery yourself. He’s a type of character I love, because we only get to know him through what other characters tell us about him, not through what we experience directly from him.
It’s such a beautifully written book, one that will have you sitting reading it, gasping away at the various twists and turns the plot takes. It’s heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time.
As we watch the romance blossom between Sadie and Max, you watch something really quite special happen: closure. Finally, through each other they learn and piece together exactly what happened in that car crash. They learn to piece together and heal the broken parts of themselves, and it’s really sad but also really beautiful to watch happen.
This is exactly the type of book I recommend to readers everywhere, because I think everyone will enjoy it because at some point, everyone can relate. Well done, Courtney. You’ve written a book to be proud of.