“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.
Life and a dismal last name are the only two things Beyah Grim’s parents ever gave her. After carving her path all on her own, Beyah is well on her way to bigger and better things, thanks to no one but herself.
With only two short months separating her from the future she’s built and the past she desperately wants to leave behind, an unexpected death leaves Beyah with no place to go during the interim. Forced to reach out to her last resort, Beyah has to spend the remainder of her summer on a peninsula in Texas with a father she barely knows. Beyah’s plan is to keep her head down and let the summer slip by seamlessly, but her new neighbor Samson throws a wrench in that plan.
Samson and Beyah have nothing in common on the surface.
She comes from a life of poverty and neglect; he comes from a family of wealth and privilege. But one thing they do have in common is that they’re both drawn to sad things. Which means they’re drawn to each other. With an almost immediate connection too intense for them to continue denying, Beyah and Samson agree to stay in the shallow end of a summer fling. What Beyah doesn’t realize is that a rip current is coming, and it’s about to drag her heart out to sea.
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!