Following the unexpected death of her father, 18-year-old Layken is forced to be the rock for both her mother and younger brother. Outwardly, she appears resilient and tenacious, but inwardly, she's losing hope.
Enter Will Cooper: The attractive, 21-year-old new neighbor with an intriguing passion for slam poetry and a unique sense of humor. Within days of their introduction, Will and Layken form an intense emotional connection, leaving Layken with a renewed sense of hope.
Not long after an intense, heart-stopping first date, they are slammed to the core when a shocking revelation forces their new relationship to a sudden halt. Daily interactions become impossibly painful as they struggle to find a balance between the feelings that pull them together, and the secret that keeps them apart.
Jen's 5 Star review!
WOW! I totally loved this book! I seriously couldn't stop reading it!!
There was so much life altering stuff in this book, it wsa just ... wow!
That Epilogue is still swarming around in my head
Lake - I'm totally in love with her name, and how she got it :) Cute little story there :)
Things in Lake's life haven't been great - her father had a heart attack a few months ago, and now her mother couldn't afford to live in Texas anymore -
Lake understands this . She understands that she needs to move accross the country to be where her momther could work at the job that her sister got for her, making the money that they needed.
She understood, but she wasn't happy about it.
As they pull up to the new house, Lake's little brother Kel see's a boy standing on their lawn. He's already excepted the move and made a friend before she even got out of the moving van. Life was so unfair.
Will - awe - what a sweetheart - will's life wasn't that great either. He lost both of his parents a couple of years ago, and all of a sudden he's now a dad to his 9 year old brother Caulder.
He gave up a lot to be the type of man his parents would have been proud of. And he was finally getting things working in his favor again.
When Will see's Laken sitting in the van, he feels a pull to her. Just enough to get him curious about what's making her so sad.
Lake and Will start flirting with each other, and hanging out more over the next few days, things couldn't be happier for these two.
Until Monday rolls around, and Lake starts her new high school. Senior year. She's only been 18 a couple of weeks, which seemed to have slipped her mind when she was with Will -
Because when she saw him at the school, things got complicated, big time.
This book taught these two to learn to love life, and deal with what you've been dealt in life.
A really great book - I'm totally in love with this book and plan on reading it again :)
OH and I didn't even mention the SLAM part! I loved the Poetry Slam club - those poems were deep. I don't know who the Avett Brother's are, but I'm curious now :)
Jul's 4 Star Review
I have to say that I almost stopped reading this book when Will took Lake to a club for Slamming. Poetry reading? No thank you! But after contemplating for about an hour I decided to give the book a try and I'm happy that I did.
Lake has lost her father to a heart attack and will lose more than she ever thought. Things are hard for her and moving away from the only home she's ever known doesn’t help either. Will, a new neighbor, becomes one of her reasons why she loves Michigan. About a week later he's the biggest reason why she hates Michigan.
This new potential relationship took an ugly turn Lake’s first day of school. Will cant be her….. OMG he is! Time to change classes ASP! Who would have ever thought a guy that young would be a teacher!
After the death of his parents Will had to grow up and fast. Not only for his sanity but for his little brother.
So much is at stake but someone else’s lips on Lake was the last straw. Will knew he couldn’t stay away and even though he had good intentions he cant and wont lose her. She brought life back into him and he doesn’t want to let her go even at the price of his livelihood.
Lake is still very young but she soon finds out that she has to make grown up decisions because before long nothing will ever be the same.
They may be young but the loss between Lake and Will brings out the responsible adults that most people don’t see until way later in life.
This was a great read and I’m so glad I didn’t keep this down.