“In life, we often have to make decisions that aren’t easy. But it doesn’t mean they aren’t right.” – 4.25/5 stars!
Attention! This book contains: grief, friendship, pick-up trucks, annoying cheerleaders, warm families, jocks, being silent, understanding, football, proud dads and bromances.
To everyone who knows him, West Ashby has always been that guy: the cocky, popular, way-too-handsome-for-his-own-good football god who led Lawton High to the state championships. But while West may be Big Man on Campus on the outside, on the inside he’s battling the grief that comes with watching his father slowly die of cancer.
Two years ago, Maggie Carleton’s life fell apart when her father murdered her mother. And after she told the police what happened, she stopped speaking and hasn’t spoken since. Even the move to Lawton, Alabama, couldn’t draw Maggie back out. So she stayed quiet, keeping her sorrow and her fractured heart hidden away.
As West’s pain becomes too much to handle, he knows he needs to talk to someone about his father—so in the dark shadows of a post-game party, he opens up to the one girl who he knows won’t tell anyone else.
West expected that talking about his dad would bring some relief, or at least a flood of emotions he couldn’t control. But he never expected the quiet new girl to reply, to reveal a pain even deeper than his own—or for them to form a connection so strong that he couldn’t ever let her go…
I recently read this book for the second time, and overall my opinion didn’t change too much from the first time I read this 3 years ago!
Maggie went to live with her aunts and cousin Brady and due to some very recent trauma, she doesn’t talk. To no one. Brady is assigned by his parents to help her go through the daily challenges of high school.
I think it’s the perfect kind of romance book you read just to take your mind off real life. The romance felt a bit insta-love (which I did not remember to be completely honest), but it’s nothing out of this world so it didn’t bother me.
I really like how this series revolves around a group of friends. They are all close to each other and it’s fun to see their interactions – especially Brady and West, since they were best friends and always were together.
I will definitely be reading the entire series soon! Like I said, it’s a very easy, fun book to read if you like high school sports romance books. It’s probably not the most amazing story you will ever read, but it’s entertaining and very fun!