“Sometimes I believe personalities are shaped more by damage than kindness. Kindness doesn’t sink as deep into your skin as the damage does. The damage stains your soul so bad, you can’t scrub it off. It stays there forever, and I feel like people can see all my damage just by looking at me.” – 4.5/5 stars!
Attention! This book contains: stray dogs, spontaneous tattoos, shrimp, the ocean, car ferries, bread, hurricanes, memory cards, sunsets, prepaid phones, backpacks, volleyball, poems, luxurious summer houses, dead bodies, tight hugs, heart bones and a lot of secrets.
This was really close to becoming one of my favorite books from Colleen, but it felt a bit short for me. Don’t get me wrong, a lot of things happen in this book and I loved it nonetheless, but I still felt like there could be more development when it comes to the romance itself – or maybe that’s just me? And yes, I know her books have very strong themes but this one is a very romance-oriented book. I didn’t mind because I love romance books… and this is a really good one!
So what can I say about this story? It’s beautiful, sad, full of tragedy and it will hit you like a ton of bricks. Not only that, but it’s paired with a good dose of romance, mystery and secrets – in true Colleen’s fashion. It’s the kind of story that will make you forget everything else around you when you’re reading it.
And of course, it wouldn’t be a true Colleen Hoover book without the drama… and oh boy, there is drama for days! I was just waiting for the big bomb to be dropped – because I knew there would be one even though I had no idea what was going to happen – and when it finally did, I was not disappointed with the outcome! I was so shocked that I devoured the rest of the book in a heartbeat.
This story is gripping and beautiful, I just wished it was a bit longer with more development because it felt a bit rushed sometimes. You’ll probably shed a tear or two, so grab your tissues beforehand… you have been warned!