Customer Review

Reviewed in Canada on September 5, 2014
Overall, I give this 4.5 stars.

Colleen Hoover has once again captured my heart with her characters and their stories. Her unique writing style flows so effortlessly and poetically through the pages.

Miles was the shining star in this story. I fell in love with him right from the beginning. We flow from the present via Tate coupled along with the past through Miles' point of view, gaining a glimpse into the core of why Miles is so closed off to love. Miles is filled with so much hurt, it has distorted his perception of love and happiness. He hasn't figured out how to love again because he has yet to face his past. He would rather shut himself off to the possibilities of love because of all of the ugly that comes with it.

"God gives us the ugliness so we don't take the beautiful things for granted."

Tate's character, I feel, was overshadowed by Miles. I'm not sure whether that was intentional or not, I just found her to be missing something but couldn't quite put my finger on what. I empathized with her need, as a young impressionable girl who has found love but yearns to be loved back just as hard as she does. Doesn't every girl go through that at some point? Gives too much too soon, over analyzes the relationship, twists and interprets things to give them the impression that the guy wants more than he lets on.....,,(very "he's just not that into you"-esque). But Tate eventually realizes she has to walk away and to stop hurting herself by believing the relationship is more than what he wants.

Like every CoHo book I've had the pleasure to read, I've highlighted the crap out of it. She takes common emotions and real life issues and turns them into the most beautiful stories and lessons. One of them being a mantra of mine as to my whole outlook on life, not just in love - there is always going to be sadness in life. It's inevitable. And some of it will never truly go away. But we must move forward with a positive hope, and if we are open to love and grow, that sadness will only become moments in our lives. It will no longer consume it.
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