My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
This was one of those stories where it resonated with me but I wasn’t fully in love with it.
What makes this book are the characters. There are often scenes where it’s just two characters sitting and having a conversation. And you think: is this really a necessity to the book? Sometimes, and I’ll admit it, I got slightly bored and my attention drifted. However, these times were few and far between. With three people’s POVs to choose from, it’s hard to be bored. There’s always change.
Onto the plot. Holly loves Rob. Rob loves Holly. Jason likes Holly from afar. Jason and Rob are friends. Rob dies in car crash. Holly and Jason grow close. Jason loves Holly. Holly loves Jason. I mean, there’s slightly more to it than that. But that’s the general gist. You have a lot of background stuff to deal with. For example, Holly’s family situation which is FAR from ideal. And actually, this is the first YA book I’ve read that deals with her family life so honestly and realistically. Because some families have no choice but to become the way Holly’s is. And every time we had a scene where Holly had to take care of things, had to be the adult, my heart broke a little inside for her. She’s only seventeen and tied down already through no fault of her own.
Holly herself is a realistic character. She attends a school where there are quite a few rich kids, so obvioulsy she feels self conscious of the fact she has no money. The way this is portrayed is excellent. She isn’t comfortable with Jason coming to her house to visit. I’m betting there are a lot of people who can relate. However, she is quick to jump to conclusions, and she stands up for herself when it’s too late – coming across as selfish. And though we’re told to believe she is quite selfless and doesn’t ask for anything, actually, that’s not quite true. Everything that happens between her and Jason is under HER terms. She runs the show.
Which leads to the boys. Very different. One dead one alive. I liked Jason but wished he would man up a bit. He was quite romantic, and actually, their intimate scenes were full of chemistry and spark. Both he and Rob were realistic boys and were interesting to read about. I liked them both for different reasons.
The scenes with the grandad were all very sweet. However, Rob’s big reveal at the end and his final chance to explain just seemed way too easy. You spend a whole novel building towards this point and it happens without hiccups? It just seemed very convenient for me, especially when Holly seems to be quite pig headed about certain situations.
Despite this story being told from 1st person, 2nd person and 3rd person, I enjoy the narrative throughout. Though this wasn’t the most exciting book, the characters came alive and for that, it made for an interesting read. I give this a 3.5 out of 5. Closer to a 4 though.