“But if he’d learned anything growing up in Oklahoma, it was that sometimes it didn’t matter how many warnings you
had. Sometimes you still couldn’t see the storm coming until it was too late.”
This book, this book, is INCREDIBLE.
I was quite concerned when I noticed that there were five main characters and they all had parts of the book to tell their side of the story however, they were all so well developed that I had absolutely no problem keeping their stories straight in my head.
The whole time reading this book I kept thinking of the six degrees of separation theory. Maybe because they were all
connected somehow it was easier to keep track of them? I am not sure, but whatever the reason, I was able to.
So this one had tons of the things I love in books-love triangles (sort of-kind of), rich girl-poor boy, first love. Then, the ending! I want to pull my hair out. Seriously, just rip it out from the roots! While it is a cliffhanger, and normally they do not bother me in the slightest, this book just sucked me in and if I had the 2nd one (due out in Spring of 2014) I would have immediately started it and forgot the world existed.
I will be either BEGGING for an ARC or purchasing it the moment it is released. I do not feel this one will slip from my mind any time soon. I highly recommend this book to everyone even though it is YA.
It did not have the normal vibe of YA as in so easy to read, very little plot line etc. It was so much more!
Go, now, buy the book. You won’t regret it!
Hope’s Grove was small. Everyone knew about her parents, and she was already dreading facing them since the news of her dad’s affair had hit. But facing them without her brother and her best friend would be her worst nightmare.
After the girls had said their goodbyes and she’d watched her friend’s taillights fade down the drive, Ella Jane scuffed her boots along the winding dirt road that led her home.
She was about halfway there, watching the sun sink low in the evening sky, when the unmistakable rumble of a pickup truck came barreling down the road behind her. She stepped aside to let it pass without looking back. But it didn’t pass. It slowed practically to a stop right next her.
She turned, wondering what the heck the driver’s deal was. There was more than enough room for him to go around. But the smiling face beneath the backwards trucker hat sent the words on the tip of her tongue swirling away with the dust the truck had riled up.
She bit her lip and grinned. Warm brown eyes gleamed in her direction. “Hey there, Ellie May. Need a ride?”
She rolled her eyes. Why Brantley Cooper couldn’t call her by her actual name was beyond her. But as long as he was talking to her, she really didn’t care much what he called her. He can call me ‘flower’ if he wants to.
He was a year older than her and a year younger than her older brother, Kyle. Smack in the middle of their ages and grades in school and usually smack in the middle of their arguments. Coop kept the peace. Balanced them out perfectly.
The three of them had met at the same time as kids but Coop and Kyle had become like brothers instantly. She’d always tagged along wherever they went. Kyle had whined about it when they were younger but Coop always made her feel welcome. He held doors open for her so she didn’t get left behind, made sure to invite her despite her brother’s protests, and lately he’d even stopped by and hung out even when Kyle wasn’t home. And this year, she’d be a junior and Coop would be a senior. With her big brother away at college, she couldn’t help but fantasize about what might happen if she and Coop spent time together alone.
“Hey, Coop. Lynlee just left so I was just…” She glanced toward home. Kyle wasn’t back from football camp yet, and her mom was baking herself to death, trying to keep her mind off of everything.
“Yeah, I heard the Wicked Witch was moving west. You up for some fishing? I have to drop my bike off at the house but we could swing by the lake after.”
She should get home. She knew she should. Should order a pizza and convince her mom to take it easy for a night. Except…it was Coop. And in all her sixteen years, he was the one boy she’d never been able to say no to.
“Yeah. Yeah I’m up for it.”