Author(s): A. Meredith WaltersDownload
Maggie Young had the market on normal. Normal friends, normal parents, normal grades.. normal life. Until him. Clayton Reed was running from his past and an army of personal demons that threatened to take him down. He never thought he had a chance at happiness. Until her. Maggie thought their love could overcome anything. Clay thought she was all he needed to fix his messy life. That together, they could face the world. But the darkness is always waiting. Sometimes the greatest obstacle to true love is within yourself.
Some Reviews: 2022 in Goodreads.com
WHAT?! How can it end like that???
Such an emotional rollercoaster … Even though this story was filled with way more teen angst than I can normally handle, it was all so completely phenomenal. Yes … There were moments that I wanted to reach into my ereader and shake some sense into these chatacters … But it did seem so very realistic.
Throughout this story I kept thinking about my 17 year old daughter … How would she react to this situation … How connected am I to her & her relationships … Would she suffer through this without me knowing … Just the thought of it …
Dear LORD! I’m an emotional mess!
Well … No time to spare … I really need to get into the next book and see how this will all turn out.
This book was just…
God, I LOVED IT!!!
And this is me now…
And now I’m running off to read the second book!!!
This book was not at ALL what I was expecting. Totally blew me AWAY!
Maggie is plugging along in her mundane, boring life – just existing. Then she literally runs into Clayton Reed. Everything changes……
I love that Maggie was so persistent in pursuing Clay and wasn’t afraid to go for it.
I was instantly connected with Maggie. I was able to relate to her on many levels. She is trying to hold everything together without anyone knowing something is wrong. She is always having to defend her relationship with Clay and keep her friends and family at arms length to keep them from seeing the truth. Maggie thinks she is protecting Clay, but really she is just enabling him.
This book was so real and raw. I felt every emotion both Maggie and Clay were experiencing. I related to Maggie’s decisions, because at her age, that is exactly what I would have done.
This is one of the best books I have read this year
THIS IS NOT A REVIEW.
Me, after finishing this book
Honestly.. I Don’t know what to think… Not sure how I feel…
These characters.. *sighs* Maggie did some things that really pissed me off, I know she’s only..what, 17yrs old. I just… can’t..
Intense! Holy Crap!
I never had a relationship like this. Never. I did have a friend in high school that did. Getting sucked into relationships like this can happen to anyone. I felt this book portrayed real life. This can really happen. The characters were very real and I liked every single one of them.
Maggie was not your “girl from the wrong side of the tracks”. She came from a loving family, had great grades, and amazing friends. You can’t help who you fall in love with. She was so determined to “save” Clay from himself. She found herself in a hostile relationship with no way out. She literally gave everything she had to this boy, but the relationship was clearly one sided. I liked how the author showed how fast and easy it was for anyone to find themself in this situation.
Clay was a hot mess. My heart broke for him. It wasn’t fair that his life was so out of control. He just wanted to be “normal”. I loved him and I hated him. He clung to Maggie as if his life depended on it and he truly believed it did….and so did she. But instead of giving her what she gave him, he just ended up taking her down with him. I was so torn. I really just wanted him to be ok, but I also wanted Maggie to be ok.
Daniel & Rachel were probably the greatest friends anyone could ask for. Even though they had their own drama, they were still very loyal to Maggie. I instantly felt their chemistry as friends and it didn’t feel fake or gushy.
This book is an emotional roller coaster. You never know what is going to happen next. I usually figure out the ending by the middle of the book, but not in this case. It was open to pretty much go anywhere and everywhere! The story is told from Maggie’s POV. But you connect with all the characters. This was an amazing story.
I’m so glad there is going to be a sequel! I need to know what happens to Clay!