on February 3rd 2015
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Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
If seventeen-year-old Skylar Evans were a typical Creek View girl, her future would involve a double-wide trailer, a baby on her hip, and the graveyard shift at Taco Bell. But after graduation, the only thing standing between straightedge Skylar and art school are three minimum-wage months of summer. Skylar can taste the freedom—that is, until her mother loses her job and everything starts coming apart. Torn between her dreams and the people she loves, Skylar realizes everything she’s ever worked for is on the line.
Nineteen-year-old Josh Mitchell had a different ticket out of Creek View: the Marines. But after his leg is blown off in Afghanistan, he returns home, a shell of the cocksure boy he used to be. What brings Skylar and Josh together is working at the Paradise—a quirky motel off California’s dusty Highway 99. Despite their differences, their shared isolation turns into an unexpected friendship and soon, something deeper.
“What was happening to me? I’d become tidal, the current of my want pushing me toward him, pulling me away from. Toward him, away from him.”
Where do I even begin with this review? I am so happy right now, it’s almost hard to decribe. My chest feels like its so warm, almost like sunbeams are shooting out of my heart. I read this gem because one of my favorite bloggers Lucia (Reading is my Breathing) loved it. I feel like her and I are kindred book spirits. So, when I saw the love she gave this, I was sold. I normally read NA, Contemporary Romance, but this book has me wanting more YA contemporary.
Josh and Skylar’s story is something I want to hold close, and not let go. The author has amazing talent of writing normal mundane scenes, in such a beautiful, soulful way. Both characters were perfection! A poor girl from the trailer park, who is on her way to art school, come fall. She comes from nothing, yet has the soul and talent of a star, in my eyes. I loved Skylar so much I related to her struggles of coming from a small town with nothing to offer.
“Everything- the moon, the fireworks, the fields- had an otherworldly beauty, and I shivered, greedy for these bits of loveliness the universe was throwing our way tonight.”
Josh is just coming home from war and he has so much heaviness and guilt from what he went through, my heart ached…I mean literally ached for him. I felt his hurt and struggle.
But in all that, the beauty of their suffering was finding each other.
I not only was hanging on to every word, I felt like my pores were even soaking up the words. Not many times in my reading do I come across beauty, and magic like this. I just want to wrap myself up in this feeling and never let go!
My favorite thing in the book is this: “How’s the Sky today?” once you read this, you will totally get me. <3
Please don’t forget to read the last paragraph in the Acknowledgements at the end of the book. What the author says made me fall for her. My heart couldn’t take it. It almost combusted. lol!
P.S. I bought the hardcover today! I couldn’t not have this book in my possession 🙂
I’ll meet you there Playlist
Travelin’ Soldier (Dixie Chicks)
Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay (Sarah Bareilles cover)
Hotel California (the Eagles)
Summertime Sadness (Lana Del Rey)
True Love Waits (Radiohead)
Shake It Out (Florence + the Machine)
Paint It Back (Rolling Stones)