by Anne Pfeffer
Received for Review from author
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.00
Before I get into my review, here's the summary available on Goodreads:
Ryan Mills is torn with guilt over the death of his best friend, and it's all because of Emily Wintraub. If Ryan hadn't seen those incredible gray-blue eyes, hadn't pegged her as a Potentially Amazing Woman, he would never have gone looking for her at the party that night. He would never have left his wasted friend Michael alone, when Michael needed him and asked
him to stay. And if Ryan hadn't left, Michael would never have driven off, totaled his car, and taken the cosmic rocket ride into death.
As far as Ryan's concerned, when you’ve done something terrible, you don’t deserve to be happy. He tries not to fall for Emily, but he can't help it. Before long, he is "completely, gonzo, out-of-control in love."
Ryan then learns that Michael died with a secret. Still grieving, he feels compelled to take on his friend's unfinished business. When Emily begins to question where his commitments really lie—with her or with Michael’s memory—Ryan is forced to examine his choices. What does he owe to Michael, to Emily, and to himself?
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
My Overall Thoughts/ Impressions: I went into this novel thinking that I would either hate it or love it. That it would either be fantastic or just an average read.
The premise of this novel had me intrigued from the very beginning and the cover looked good, so I went in not really knowing what to expect. I ended up really enjoying it. This book was powerful and really well-written. I loved the main character Ryan from the get-go. He isn't perfect by any means, but in my opinion he's the perfect friend anybody could have.
The story line doesn't focus on his relationship with Emily, but rather his relationship with himself and the commitment he feels he owes his best friend. I really liked the story. It was touching, entertaining, funny, and heartbreaking all at once. After I finished reading it, I actually sat down and thought about what I just had read. Any book that can do that automatically is one that I like.
In Summary: A powerful, well-written, and touching book about friendship, self-identity, first love, and dealing with loss. Definitely comes recommended.
Warnings/Side-notes: This is another book that I can't help but think "why didn't I read this sooner." I hate how life seems to get in the way of me reading.
But to get back to the point, this book deals with death, drug usage, and sex, and some minor profanity (one instance of more explicit language). The sexual references aren't explicit, but are a little more detailed than in some other books I've read.
If you are an overly sensitive person, I would hesitate to recommend this to you. However, I really enjoyed reading it.
The Wrap-up: A great book that I really loved reading. It's powerful and touching.
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