Layken and Will have proved their love can get them through anything; until someone from Will’s past re-emerges, leaving Layken questioning the very foundation on which their relationship was built. Will is forced to face the ultimate challenge…how to prove his love for a girl who refuses to stop ‘carving pumpkins.’
Paperback / 302 Pages
September 18, 2012
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So, for a while now, Colleen Hoover has taken over the YA circuit with books like Slammed and Hopeless. I bought Hopeless for my kindle - I swear, I will read it soon - and I put Slammed on my TBR list. However, that being said, I got a chance to review this book and didn't want to pass up the opportunity. So, I decided to read it without having read the first novel. Meaning, yes, this is the second in the series. Slammed was the first.
There's some point to reading a series in order. Such as finding an inside joke or two that the author doesn't explain. In a way, I like it. It's almost like an interesting extra for her loyal fans. In another way, I really wish I knew what the 'carving pumpkins' was referring too. The good news is, I'm probably going to read the first novel to find out.
This book follows the non-traditional role of two young adults that have fallen insanely in love and are met with impossible circumstances. Namely, two eleven year old brothers that are left without parents after the tragic loss of both sets.
There's a bit more drama than you'd see in your every day romance, but I think I'm okay with that. It sorts of adds dynamic to the story.
I enjoy Colleen Hoover's creative plot hooks. Her origami stars, her poetry driven hobbies, and her unconventional way of mixing adult humor (not in an R rated sense) with young kids.
The first half of this novel seemed very fan driven. It followed along the story as if I was supposed to be excited to see the results from, seemingly, her first novel in the series. In that way, this book was a bit tedious to read as a stand alone. However, since it wasn't meant as a stand alone, I don't judge that too harshly.
The reason I can't exactly rate this five stars is because I would like to see a stronger delivery (less play-by-play) in her future novels. That being said...
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Please Note: I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.