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~this review may contain minor spoilers~
As I drift into my short coma, I wish, as I have many nights before, that I won't wake, that I'll vanish in my sleep because it's the only way to just forget.
To never again...feel.
It is sooo very hard to wrap up what I'm feeling after finishing this book in just a small review. This book will definitely put you through the emotional ringer with everything involved in this story- it's gutwrenching & heartbreaking, sweet & funny, frustrating & devastating, and yet it's also incredibly hopeful. Reading Jenna's struggles was so very hard, yet necessary to understand her story. Logan was just...well, exactly what she needed-even if she didn't see that. And Charlie while was brass, crude, and quite frankly-hilarious, she was extremely loyal, compassionate, and steadfast. E.L. Montes' writing style forced you to feel exactly what she wanted you to, more than once I had tears streaming down my face. Simply put, it was a powerful read.
If I don't allow any emotion into my heart and soul, I have a better chance of surviving. Well, more like existing in this cruel, f*****-up world. In the end, it's the only way to protect myself.
I'm gonna kept this brief and skip the part where I normally do an overview of the story. Everything you need to know going into this you can read in the synopsis, other than that, it's best to just go into this blind to feel the full effects of the story as it unfolds. You have to experience each situation as it comes to understand what the characters are really going through and face the emotions it will draw out of you head-on. And believe me when I say, it will pull some pretty heavy feelings front. But rest assured, you will not be buried under the despair- the author weaves levity throughout the book quite beautifully. It doesn't take away from the seriousness of what is going on, it just gives your heart a momentary break from time to time.
He makes me feel young. I know that may sound ridiculous because I'm only twenty-one, but the past few years have aged me in inexplicable ways. But Logan, he makes me feel my age. I feel vibrant, alive when I'm with him.
The only thing missing from the story, and this is just for me personally, was an epilogue. The book didn't necessarily need it- and all things considered, I wasn't expecting it to be wrapped up in a pretty little HEA with a bright shiny bow, I didn't feel like the ending left me hanging either, I just would have liked to see where everyone ends up down the road. I have never felt so invested in someones outcome before and that's saying something about how truly amazing this author is in my eyes. I would absolutely recommend this to anyone who likes some meat and grit to their romances, and to be surrounded by some pretty phenomenal characters. E.L. Montes has certainly gained a lifetime fan outta me with this one and I am very much looking forward to reading more from her.
I want to drown in this small world created with Logan. I want to breathe it all in, let it fill me up, and drift away. I don't care how much it will burn or the amount of time I have left before my lungs stop working. I want to just feel this way for as long as I can.
Happy Reading xo Jenn @ Bookworm Betties
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book was very close to my heart, it deals with the psychosis of schizoaffective disorder.
Its very close to Bi Polar [which my husband is afflicted with, but the hallucinations and voices are good ones] but still have chronic mood swings from highs, to lows.
If anyone has any dealings with mental health [psychosis] they will understand how trauma affects the illness. As did in this young ladies case.
It also can be hereditary in some cases, as we learn from this book, hence the hard time relatives can have dealing with someone who has a mental illness. Its not easy, as we can see in this book. We see how the Mom is and how the Father is towards her, unfortunately, because still to this day the stigma it has can push people away, or people choose to stay away from things they are 'scared' of not realizing they are isolating that person too. Not just the illness.
I loved the relationship that was formed with Brandon.
The relationship she had with her friend was GREAT, it really did make me smile many a times as it was truly what was needed on many occasions.
I'm not giving anything away with this story, its toooooo good for that!
E L Montes has written a truly amazing book, the insight to how a person feels with this illness, how life can be 'normal' and how medication plays a part, as do we.
I was given this book to read from a blog tour, I truly do feel blessed to have come across this book, without being involved in this tour I would most probably have missed the chance to read this book.
Two things I absolutely love in books - something a little different from the norm and something we can all relate to in some way. This book has both. Yes we've all read books before where one of the main characters has issues, but I've not read a romance book where the main character has mental health issues and for me this book was more about this and the road to recovery than the romance. As for things we can all relate to, the line I quoted at the start is just one of many (I went highlighter crazy!) I think we will all relate to on some level - it's true, no matter how perfect someone's life appears to be, you never know what they are truly going through.
The book starts in true EL Montes style, with something that will keep you guessing what's happened. Jenna McDaniel has woken up from a nightmare and rushes to her sisters room, only to be met with what she expected, but hoped not to be true - it's empty. Brooke is no longer there. Through the book we learn that Brooke has died, however we are left guessing for sometime as to the how and why. Brooke's death has had a huge impact on Jenna as you can imagine and she is struggling with her grief:
"Grief never goes away. It haunts you, takes over your mind, body and soul. Before you know it, it has won."
But grief isn't all Jenna is going though. Jenna suffers from Schizoaffective disorder. She's depressed and suffers from hallucinations and occasionally voices in her head. This has lead her to be a closed person, she tries not to feel emotion, shutting herself off from the world.
"Fear is one of my most battled emotions. Fear of the unknown, of never knowing where each step will lead..... It terrifies me."
Jenna's mum has decided to build a guest house and on the construction team is Logan Reed.
"A truck. Tats. And a cocky attitude."
I totally loved Logan and his cocky attitude and I loved the banter that they had. On their first meeting he helps Jenna out of a difficult situation which ends up with them kissing.
"He's a good kisser. He tastes like an apple-flavoured Jolly Rancher, which is usually the one flavour I ditch in the pack; after this it may become my favourite."
Sure, Jenna enjoyed it and she is attracted to Logan, but she knows it was just a one off , it can never be anymore, no one will ever want to get close to her when they know all about her. Logan on the other hand thinks a little different. He can't stop thinking about the kiss and wants a repeat performance. As they see each other more, they become friends, Logan wants more though and knows that Jenna is hiding something, if only he can just peel her layers.
Jenna has a real struggle here, she knows what people think of her when they find out about her illness. Will it make Logan run too?
"Jenna McDaniel, the girl with more issues than she can carry. No man will ever be able to handle them. Not even Logan Reed."
As I said before, yes this is a romance book, but it's more about a person suffering with mental illness and the struggles they go through, not only do we watch Jenna struggling with her feeling for Logan, trying to keep him away, but wanting him close, Thinking it's best for him not to know about her illness and the everyday struggles she faces, but we see her dealing with her mother who is a major trigger for her. Readers, make no mistake, this woman is a total bitch, the way she treats Jenna by not supporting, but actually contributing to triggering episodes for Jenna will have you seething. Luckily she does have a best friend on her side, Charlie. Charlie was actually Jenna's sister, Brooke's best friend, but knowing of Jenna's illness Charlie looks out for her and the two became friends. I totally love Charlie, she adds some humour to the book.
The book is told from alternating points of view between Jenna and Logan, which was great seeing not only what Jenna was going through, but how Logan perceived her behaviour and how he felt about it. There was one part of the book though where I would have liked to have seen what Logan was going through but alas, we just got Jenna's pov. I understand why the author chose to do this though ~ I'm just greedy!
I think EL did a fantastic job of portraying the darkness a person feels they have in them and the fear that people might find out and what they would think of them. Also what others around them might have to deal with. There are several things in this book that anyone suffering with, or is supporting someone with depression or other mental illness will relate to.
I do want to just share one of my favourite lines ~ there's hope for us all:
" ..everyone has issues and there's someone out there, regardless of what you may think, who can handle anything you're dealing with - because maybe that person needs you as much as you need them."
In summary this book has got the right balance of being a great romance book, that highlights mental illness' and the struggles that those suffering with or trying to support someone with an illness has to go through, without it being too heavy.
"That's why I just live for today, and push for tomorrow."
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