Published by Bloomsbury Spark Source: Author, Netgalley
Genres: Best Friends, Coming of Age, Contemporary Romance, Friendship, New Adult, Romance
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When I first met him I resisted.
Like any forbidden love, I told myself he was a crush, and it would pass.
That was a lie. It never faded.
And I never expected he would fall for me just as hard.
There were so many reasons that should have kept us apart, least of all, the decade that separated us. Growing up in New York City, I learned early on that love is a double-edged sword. Love broke up my parents, love took away my friends, and love — the big, intense, never-been-like-this-before love — landed me in therapy. Now I’m heading to college, and it’s time to give love a clean slate again. But, can I really start over when he’s still in my life Because the one man I’ve always wanted, is also the only guy I absolutely can’t have…And he wants me just as fiercely.
Can I settle for anything less than the love of my life?
I am a big fan of Lauren Blakely, so when I saw this book, besides completely falling in love with the cover, I knew I had to read it. I will admit that I was a little nervous because the main character in the book is still in high school, so I was worried it would have too much of a YA feel to it, but I was really pleasantly surprised. There were a lot of little elements within the book that I really liked, but when you put them all together it made for an even better read, everything just kind of worked and it was a great reading experience for me.
So Kennedy is the high school girl in question. She lives a complicated life in NYC to be sure. Her mother works in TV and let’s just say she really enjoys living up the whole “I’m so important check out my entourage” vibe. Also her mother has serious issues keeping it in her pants, hence why Kennedy’s parents are divorced. I felt really bad for Kennedy in a lot of parts of this book, I mean for a girl her age, being subjected to the way her mother acts has got to be beyond uncomfortable, especially when no one is out of bounds for her mother, not even Kennedy’s friends’s fathers. But the one thing that really keeps her grounded is Noah, the guy she really shouldn’t like/be with.
Noah is Kennedy’s mother’s agent. And he is like five years older than Kennedy I believe (she’s seventeen). Honestly the age difference didn’t bother me, I dated older guys when I was her age, so it didn’t bug me at all. Also Noah is like crazy, insane respectful and so nothing really happens between them that could be considered improper while Kennedy is 17. Noah is an interesting guy, I liked that him and Kennedy have so much in common, I liked that he is successful and ambitious in his career but at the same time he knows that work is not the only thing that is important in life. But mostly I liked Kennedy and Noah together. Apart I think they are pretty good characters, but put them together and they become great.
There is a lot of build up in this book, and there is a lot of chemistry. It was easy to just fall into the book and not come up for air until I was finished reading. I liked a lot of the secondary characters, they kept the storyline moving when the pacing could have slowed. I am on the fence about Kennedy and her letters (you have to read to see what I am talking about), but I think they came from a good place, and I understand it. Mostly I just enjoyed watching Kennedy go on this journey. She grew up a lot in the course of the book, she had to learn how to forgive herself and decide what and who was important, and who got to stay a part of her life. I think this is really good New Adult book, and I would easily recommend it, especially to those who are coming out of the YA genre and are looking for something I little bit more mature but not quite adult romance yet.