By Jessica Sorensen
Release Date: September 3, 2013
From the New York Times bestselling author of the Ella and Micha series comes a powerful story of love, scars, and impossible choices . . .
Nova Reed used to have dreams-of becoming a famous drummer, of marrying her true love. But all of that was taken away in an instant. Now she's getting by as best she can, though sometimes that means doing things the old Nova would never do. Things that are slowly eating away at her spirit. Every day blends into the next . . . until she meets Quinton Carter. His intense, honey brown eyes instantly draw her in, and he looks just about as broken as she feels inside.
Quinton once got a second chance at life-but he doesn't want it. The tattoos on his chest are a constant reminder of what he's done, what he's lost. He's sworn to never allow happiness into his life . . . but then beautiful, sweet Nova makes him smile. He knows he's too damaged to get close to her, yet she's the only one who can make him feel alive again. Quinton will have to decide: does he deserve to start over? Or should he pay for his past forever?
I absolutely enjoyed this book on so many levels that I'm so glad I picked it up and had the opportunity to read it. I would recommend this book to anyone, because it's not about a love story even though there sort of is one, it's about hanging in there and trying to move on in life. Things will get better they just take time. Jessica Sorensen has won me back over with this book and I cannot wait to read the next one because I'm rooting for the characters in this book with all I've got.
We meet Nova (amazing name by the way!) who is back from college on her first summer break, still completely lost after the death of her boyfriend and still not one hundred perfect after the loss of her father either. She's just broken and lost and trying to find her way through life, trying to find where she fits in. This can definitely be a perfect theme for many people because at one point in our lives we all feel lost and trying to find our way and this is Nova's journey as we see her first summer break through her eyes and in Quinton's point of view too.
He, Quinton, has been kicked out of his house and has moved in with his cousin, which is a double edged sword because he killed his cousin's sister (obviously his cousin too) and also the love of his life in a freak accident that goes to show you that you should always wear a seat belt. Also it bought to light how some teenagers think they are so invincible when they are obviously not and sometimes doing stupid things will only turn out badly. It hit home, because I can completely see it happening to someone and that's what makes these characters so unbelievably realistic and relate-able. Quinton somehow gets mixed up with Nova but it's a toss up because he still doesn't feel like he deserves anything good because he's the one who lived.
Reading their tragic relationship or whatever you want to call it, it's breathtaking, and you have some highs and some definite lows, both literal and metaphorically speaking. There is a lot of drug use in this book and that is just how some people cope, is it the right way, not in my eyes. But it happens and it's good to bring it out in the light and expose youth at what a down word spiral drugs can be, it's never the answer. No good can come of it. I know that both characters want to be happy and they try and find something with each other but their own selves get in the way. It's an experience and a half reading this book.
I definitely was rooting for both characters to get out of these bad habits and find their way. The events leading up to Nova's final breakdown and breakthrough are worth reading. The restraint and self deprecation that Quinton puts himself through are worth reading. This book is worth reading even with all the dark themes in this book sometimes this is someones reality and you need to experience it. Again Jessica Sorensen definitely won me over with this book and has left me wanting more in this series because I need to know what is going to happen next.
I really love this cover and hope that these two people can help each other out of the holes they dug themselves into.
I received this book from NetGalley and Forever (Grand Central Publishing), so that I may give my honest opinion and a review. Whether it is good or not please do not let it discourage you from purchasing/reading the book yourself and forming your own opinion. What might be good for me may not be good for you and vice versa. With that said, Happy Reading Everyone!!!