|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.|
I liked that Layken was a strong girl. She had to up and move her entire life after her father passes away. She looks after her little brother, as her mom is running "errands" or "working" constantly.
I really liked Layken's friend Eddie. She provided comic relief to the story.
I loved the interaction between the two brothers. It reminded me so much of my own little brother at that age.
The slam poetry in the book is something I've never seen before, and that's saying something.
The whole Will being a teacher thing threw me off. Even though the author "explained" it, it really didn't see feasible.
The chances of Will and Layken being in the same situation are next to nothing. I don't like when books aren't realistic.
The writing style wasn't my favorite.
The Wrap Up: 2/5
This book wasn't really my cup of tea. If you like YA romance though, it might be good for you.
"There are three question every woman should be able to answer yes to before they commit to a man: 1. Does he treat you with respect at all times? 2. If he is the exact same person twenty years from now that he is today, would you still want to marry him? 3. Does he inspire you to want to be a better person?"
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