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This is not your average young adult/new adult romance novel. The characters may be in their final year of high school, and yes, it has the normal teenage problems and angst, but E.K. Blair has turned the angst up a few hundred notches. It’s a young/new adult romance that deals with a very adult issue.
I read this book pretty quickly. It was impossible not to get swept up in Adaline and Kason’s romance. She was the new girl in town, he was the quiet boy from the wrong side of the tracks. They were so darn sweet together. They just hit it off and developed a lovely relationship. But Kason had a secret that he was keeping from everyone in his life – with good reason. You can’t fault a guy for keeping certain things…ahem…private. This issue was wreaking havoc on his life. He hated himself for it. He felt shame because of it. He didn’t understand the reason for it. But he couldn’t stop satisfying this urge. And I couldn’t help but feel bad for him.
As much as I wanted everything to work out swimmingly for Adaline and Kason, I knew that they were headed down a bumpy road. I expected it to be difficult, it had to be. I felt the characters’ pain, heartache, and desperation. These were two young people who were facing a very difficult, sensitive problem. As an adult, I’m not exactly sure how I would deal with it, aside from closing my eyes, plugging my ears and running for the hills.
E.K. Blair did a fantastic job of writing a truly beautiful story about young love. She makes her readers fall right along with the characters, makes them smitten with them, and then she pulls the rug right out from under them. She gives the perfect blend of sweet and then mixes it with the bitter.
By the time I was nearing the end of the book, I knew that it was the calm before the storm – the sky was blue and the birds were chirping. I was waiting for the proverbial shoe to drop. I actually believed that I had the ending figured out. This is the first part of a duet – I knew it had to leave me shocked and wanting more. Well, the author succeeded. I didn’t see that happening, and yes, I want more!