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“I’ve given up on Jordan Tuttle, because he’s given up on me.”
Monica Murphy has delivered some of the most teenaged drama filled books I have ever read with this trilogy. From the first page of the first book, page after page it has been teen angst and I have loved it. As ever when this forty-three-year-old woman reads college ages books, I live vicariously through them.
As this was the final book in the trilogy I will admit that I was hoping for a more well-rounded book focusing on all the characters that we were first introduced to in book one. However, like book two, this book centres around Tuttle and Amanda and their constantly on/off relationship. Livvy, Ryan and Dustin do appear in bit parts but not enough to quench my thirst. There are two other characters in this book that I must admit I don’t remember being mentioned before now, Cannon and Em, these two stole the show in every scene they were in and I am hoping that Monica Murphy graces us with their own book, I would definitely want to read it. Also, while on the topic of other characters, Ryan’s brother Eli is another one I would like to read more of, this cheeky chappie and his comedic timing had me laughing out loud many a time and I bet his own book would be thoroughly entertaining!!
Tuttle has always been an intriguing character and I have often wondered what in the world held him back. Tuttle seemingly had everything, but outside appearances are more often than not deceptive. Tuttle was one of those men that you just wanted to batter at times, his push and pull of emotions was torturing me, yet alone poor Amanda, who never knew where she stood from one day to the next. But this push and pull was incredibly addictive and the more these two played their tug of war, the more I turned the pages.
“It’s like I see you and I lose all my brain cells. I can’t think. Well, I can think, but it’s only about you.”
While this tug of love was infuriating at times it was an honest account of what young love is all about, the questions, low self-esteem, rumours, bitchy girls, parties, fights and of course romance. Love is the be all and end all when you are young, you feel compelled to fit in with the others and live up to the reputation that you have been given, but sometimes reputations are not all they are cracked up to be.
“Sometimes life is a little messy.”
Tuttle had many pressures in his life, not only from school and football, but his parents too. Tuttle was a man drowning and yet on the outside he was most people’s life raft. Underneath the star quarterback persona Monica Murphy treats us to the real Jordan Tuttle and he was simply adorable. There was one twist that I never saw coming and while it was incredibly unbelievable I couldn’t help the smile that graced my face from ear to ear.
“I’m thankful for that. For you. You’re the only good thing in my life right now.”
Amanda was extremely forgiving and patient in this book which totally fit in with her overall character and Tuttle definitely uses up these traits in spades. When you love someone though, you see past the speed bumps and I was glad that Amanda had the foresight to grant him second, third, fourth, fifth etc. chances. Amanda could see the real person underneath and just wanted to give him the chance to let him in.
“Sometimes the raw truth can be the best thing ever. And sometimes the illusion can end up being a total trap.”
Overall, this was a more romantic book that the other two, I loved the direction in which Monica Murphy took Tuttle and Amanda. While to others their relationship was superficial, it was anything but and sometimes, you know when you have met “the one.” It just takes some people a lot longer than others to realise that. Loved this series.
“I don’t want to live my life without you in it.”
The story was easy to read there was a sense that Amanda and Jordan had grown up a bit. Don't get me wrong Amanda still over thought things, when it came to Tuttle, but she knew she was doing it. These two were definitely the most mature out of their crazy bunch of friends.
“My feelings for Tuttle are illogical and confusing.”
As for Jordan bless him under that persona that he likes to give off was a nice guy who finds it hard to trust and let someone in. Jordan knew that he had not treated Amanda the best, but she was his weakness, and he wanted to make it up to her and prove how much that he loved her. I liked that at the end by the end of the book that Jordan was still Jordan. He wasn't perfect he had his fault, and Amanda did try to change him.
“I wanted her so badly. I still do. Despite everything I’ve done, everything I have said, everything she’s said. I still do. And I think she wants me too.”
“He’s damage. Thought not broken. I can’t fix him, I don’t want to fix him, but I can be there for him and show what it’s like. That it's okay to let love into your life.”
It was nice to see what was happening with Cannon, Em, Dustin, Livvy and Ryan. There was still drama for some and other not so much. Forever was a lovely conclusion to Amanda and Jordan’s story and the Forever series I loved the way Monica Murphy brought it all together. I would adore maybe a novella about these two just to see what they are getting up to in the years ahead. This was definitely a book that left me with a smile on my face.
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