Blurb from Goodreads:
From #1 New York Times–bestselling author Kami Garcia comes a red-hot romance that will break your heart and put it back together again.
Her heart has to break before it can open.
When star soccer player Peyton Rios receives an offer from her first-choice college, senior year starts off exactly as planned. But when Peyton uncovers her boyfriend’s dark secret, she confronts him—and finds herself falling down a flight of stairs. Peyton’s knee—and maybe her dream of going pro—is shattered. Everyone is talking: Was she pushed, or did she fall? Peyton knows the truth, even if no one believes her.
He has to let someone in before it’s too late.
With her future on the line, Peyton goes to stay with her uncle in a small Tennessee town to focus on her recovery. Dating is the last thing on her mind—until she meets sweet, sexy Owen Law.
But Peyton doesn’t trust her heart, especially when she senses that Owen is hiding something. When their secrets are finally exposed, Peyton has to decide if love is worth fighting for.
HERE’S MY THOUGHTS!
I was so intrigued to read this book as I always stumbled across Kami Garcia’s book reviews on Instagram and Twitter. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the chance to read it before.
I knew that as soon as I picked this book up, I have to make my heart and body ready to be broken. My single heart and ass is ready to be sad on this Valentine’s Day vibe.
I started reading this book at midnight and I didn’t STOP. It was very addicting and the plot kept me moving and flipping more pages. I was not able to put this down because I wanted to know more about the character’s whereabouts. Kami’s writing was wonderful. It wasn’t too hard to comprehend as I wanted to read this book easily without any difficulties understanding the plot line.
From the moment that the main character, Peyton is introduced, I totally feel connected to her. She is ambitious, selfless and motivated. I appreciate characters with good morality. She struggles in an abusive relationship with her ex-boyfriend. She stands and speaks for herself to the people who she trusts the most about her problems. She is indeed a brave character. She thinks and acts rationally to her own problems.
I love Peyton’s family. They are all loving and supportive people. Peyton’s cousins are among the sweetest people you will ever meet. Hank, Peyton’s uncle is the best father figure in the book. Not to forget, Peyton’s mother, who is willing to do anything for her daughter to be safe and comfortable.
The love interest, Owen is the dream guy. I truly love him. I truly love the dynamics between him and Peyton in the book, by their development from normal friends to soul mates. I love it when they are together. They compliment each other so much. I thank Kami for writing about Owen.
All in all, this story lives up to my expectations. The story holds such meaningful message to the readers out there, who are facing such difficulties in dealing with abusive relationships. It is really important to tackle these kind of taboo issues in YA in a very realistic and familiar setting for the readers to read.
To all YA contemporary fans, this is a perfect and powerful read for you. Highly recommended.