Author: Kylie Scott
Genre/s: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Expected Publication: July 18th 2017 by Kylie Scott
I think I might be in love with this book. As soon as I read the blurb I new that I was intrigued enough to read it but boy was I in for a shock. The book follows protagonist Edie, the book starts out as she is taken hostage in a robbery gone wrong and her recovery and challenges that come after the horrific incident. With her attitude toward life completely broken she begins to figure out what is important in life and what she wants for herself.
So many things are addressed in this book that I loved and absolutely adored the way in which they were dealt with. There were so many aspects thrown in that made this book diverse and it wasn't made out to be a big deal it was just there; I praise Kylie Scott so much for being able to incorporate them in such an brilliant way. The realistic representation of anxiety for one was a breath of fresh air. So much about this book made me smile. I connected to Edie straight away and found her to be an excellent character. Her blunt personality and humour really brought an edge to the story.
"Talk about unnerving. People shouldn't walk around half-naked unless they were at a pool or lake or something. Nipple viewing should really be reserved for special occasions."
The way in which Edie and John connected and were able to understand each other after the incident that happens at the beginning of the book was incredibly well done. The romance was fabulous but it didn't overpower the plot because we got some amazing friendships and family relationships that were realistic and that were essential parts of the story and how it flowed together. Hang and Edie's friendship was perfect and I wish we had even more because there were some hilarious lines that made me burst out laughing. In fact at some moments while I was reading this book I couldn't help but think of some of the other contemporaries that I have recently read and how this one really outdid them in terms of character and plot. I am so excited about it. For a while I have been trying to find contemporaries that have more depth in terms of plot and especially when it comes to the protagonists characteristics, flaws and development. This book checked all of those boxes for me and some. The side characters were also very well developed and I would love to see more from Hang and Anders. They were so funny and cute, I want them to have their own spinoff.
"I'd been back in the Drop Stop surrounded by blood, adrenaline crashing through me in terror. Nothing worked anymore; both my body and mind were against me."
The things that were happening were so terrible yet they were written so well which made for excellent read. This is a very dark story but at the same time I found it really enlightening to read. The fact that things were represented so well and written right was brilliant. In terms of the plot a lot happens; it never got boring for me at all. The author sucked me in, made me love the characters and become so invested in the things that were happening and I just could not put it down. I nearly read it all in one sitting as it was so addictive but I literally made myself put it down when I was about seventy five percent in because I did not want the book to end. And even when I did I couldn't sleep because I just needed to keep reading.
"...at the same time, I feel like if I could live through that, what happened to us, then I could survive anything. Like what is there really to be afraid of?"
I would say if your under sixteen or not into the more raunchy scenes often in new adult books this isn't really the book for you. However I found the scenes to be done in a tasteful way compared to other new adult books I have read recently. You will probably enjoy this book anyway even if you don't like more raunchy scenes as the plot and characters were developed amazingly. Can you tell I loved this book yet? I can't even think of any more ways to preach my adoration for it.
If you've been looking for a contemporary with more depth to it and a plot that sucks you in and characters you really feel for then this really is a book for you. I would highly recommend it!
Special thank you to Kylie Scott and NetGalley for providing me with an early copy in exchange for an honest review.