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Firstly how freaking cute is the book cover!!!!!
This book had me bawling my eyes out. I reckon this book had more tear marks on its pages than words and that says a lot. I felt like I had grown as a person after reading this book- and that is something I REALLY adore in books. The humour, the romance and the tear factor, especially, was written beautifully. I loved every aspect of this book, every scene, every character and every way of portraying a very significant message. Which is why I give is 10 stars, there wasn’t a single thing I hated and I can see myself re-reading this book a thousand more times. Here are a few major things that caught my eyes/I loved.
1. The characters
2. Taylor Edwards
3. The Father-Daughter relationship
4. Henry and Taylor
*WARNING IM REVEALING A SPOILER*
She left him without any notice at all and dated him when her best friend actually liked him (though she didn’t know about it until after she started dating him).
5 years later they meet again. I love how there’s still this burning passion of incomplete love and it made their r/s so much more intense. And I loved every single build up to their relationship, everything was just honestly perfectly timed because throughout the front portion of the book there was all these memories brought up from when they were 12 and it was just so freaking adorable. I loved Henry as a character, he was really sweet, sensible but vulnerable that, again, made his character very real. He was honestly the smoothest and sweetest kid out there xD
LIKE AHHH IT’S SO FREAKING CUTE
(This part will include spoilers so, do not read on if you do not intend to know spoilers)
5.The style of writing.
Throughout the book, the chapters constantly juggled between the past and 5 summers ago when Taylor and Henry had dated and Taylor and Lucy used to be friends. The first half of the book Taylor and Lucy, in the present, were not talking to each other while in the flashbacks-it showed their friendship. In the second half of the book when they eventually reconciled as friends, it flashbacked to how their friendship broke 5 summers ago. This was also the case for Henry and Taylor’s relationship where their first meeting 5 summers ago and first meeting in the present were parallel to each other. The writer used a lot of comparison, a lot of juxtaposition and contrast to get her point across very effectively.
Some people were absolutely against the fact that Taylor broke up with Henry towards the end and said that it was unnecessary. However, I thought it made the book more genuine? Taylor thought that it was only sensible to break up with Henry so as to avoid a situation where she’ll have to break up with him due to the grief she felt, or her inability to handle pressurising situations. When Taylor’s father left her a letter asking her to not deprive herself of love, and to stop running away from difficult situations, that’s when she realised that she loved Henry. To me, it showed that she was capable of once again running back to a situation she ran away from and that her dad taught her and gave her a ton of courage.
I would recommend this book to anyone, and the writer is an absolute genius, I look forward to reading her other very famous works. Also thank you to my friend who forced this book upon me without giving up, despite the fact that I almost did because I thought it seemed “cliche and cheesy”. I am glad I didn’t look back.