on January 13, 2014
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Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
When I was nineteen years old, I lived for sex, drugs and a good party. I had it all - good looks, a fast car and a hot girlfriend. Nothing in life was more important.
That was, until I met Ellison James….
Since the moment I first saw her she was a raging bull; tackling me in the mud and throwing out insults as fast as her tongue could form the sound.
She was snarky
She was rude
And she pissed me off like no other woman could.
I lived beside her for a summer and in the three months that I walked by her side...
She opened my eyes
She changed my life
And she made me a better man
***Disclaimer - this book is intended for mature audiences only. This book is also an emotional journey. Tissues are optional, but not required.
This was a book I read last July. It was recommended to me by my friend, Nadine @ Hook Me Up Book Blog. Because of Ellison was a very meaningful stand-alone romance that I hope you get the chance to read and enjoy as well. <3
4.5 Unforgettable Stars!
‘Ellison wasn’t just a girl I was with-she was an experience I would never forget.’
This book was simply beautiful. What begins as a summer romance for Hunter and Ellison turns into a lifelong journey. This was a coming of age story about growing up, self discovery, and being a better person for the world around you.
I was immediately pulled into story by the prologue. I was like, wow, this is going to be different. Honestly, the first few chapters afterwards were kinda slow and read like a typical new adult novel. However, the story grew into something MORE with DEPTH that I absolutely crave when I read.
‘She always had a different way of looking at things. It wasn’t that Ellison could see the good or bad in people, it was that she saw the real in people.’
I fell in love with Ellison’s devotion to her family, her friends, her animals, and to the environment. I adored the lessons she taught Hunter that changed him from a self-centered, spoiled rich kid into a caring and compassionate man.
The book was not without it’s flaws. I wish the author would have developed Ellison’s brother’s character better. And there were some typos that I noticed. Even with those issues, the book still stands out with it’s realness and honesty. And the epilogue… well, I’ll just say you’ll need some tissues nearby. The entire book was beautiful, but that epilogue really goes above and beyond.