"Forgiven are the starry-eyed, for they know not why they love."
I wish I could say this book is a perfect beach read. It's not. It's something else. It's special. It's heartbreaking. It's deep, and dark, and heavy. But so so good. ✨
I'm sorry if I'm being vague. But this #bookreview is so hard to write. The story follows a teenager, in her junior year, Andie. She's the goodie two shoes who does her homework, enjoys her after school jazz band, follows her curfew, doesn't drink, smoke, or brake any rules. She has friends and family that trust her fully. And then enters Josh. Andie crushes on him from the beginning - he's good looking, he's a genius at a piano, every girl seems to want him. But he chooses her. And what seems like a teenage love story, it turns for the worst, as he's not what he appears to be. The relationship turns abusive **ok, this could be considered a spoiler, but I want to make sure that those that choose to read this, know about all the triggers in this book**
This book is beautifully written. Very descriptive and it allowed for me to feel what Andie was feeling at her worst, and her best. I could feel all the hesitations she felt. I wanted to shake her more often than not for making the wrong choices. But also, I felt like I've heard all those excuses from abused person before. Especially "he's just having an off day", "he's not like that most of the time" "I'll do better next time". It felt realistic. I teared up at one point, and felt so sad for Andie. But the reality is, this happens more often than we want to think about, and it seems very isolating, and hopeless.
I'm happy to say, this book ended on a pretty good note, a hopeful one. If you got all the way here, and feel like you need to read this book, here are all the TW: mental and physical abuse, sexual assault, rape, harming yourself, alcohol use, mentioning of drugs. ✨
Also, if you ever feel abused and hopeless there is help out there. As the author provided here are some places to find out more information on abusive relationships: 1-866-331-9474 www.loveisrespect.org
Please reach out to someone, you are never alone. 💗💗💗💗💗 - 4 days ago