Katie McGarry is an Author Goddess. She writes words that wrap me up inside so tight that I don’t care about the world going on around me. Her characters are complex and layered. Her storylines are interesting and so effective. She takes every emotion I have and forces me to feel it at max volume. It melts my face off, and I love it.
This is my 2nd time through this book, and I’m still stunned by this story.
Book 309 read in 2018
It’s emotionally gut-wrenching in the cry so many tears the page gets blurry kind of way. The characters are complex and well-developed. The storyline is fascinating and fast-paced. The voice is good, the writing admirable, and I love the alternating POVs.
I’m really glad I decided to revisit this series, because it has so many things I enjoy in a good story. The characters are complex, well-developed, and show a lot of growth. There is a school counselor who is interesting and quirky and does a whole lot to help these teens with their struggles. The parents are all flawed individuals, who also don’t make the best choices, so that’s a recurring theme that continues to be interesting.
They’re also romantic in a realistic, believable sort of way, and Katie McGarry is a phenomenal storyteller. I’d read the sports pages, if she’d write them (not that I get a newspaper, I don’t, because this is 2018).
Book 310 read in 2018
I don’t know how many of you had a moment in your teenage years, or maybe even early 20s, where you realize your parents are more screwed up than you are (or than you ever even understood). If you did, then you’ll relate to this series on a whole different level, because it showcases a lot of flawed and complicated family relationships, which make the stories more interesting, though often more painful.
Isaiah is a delicious book boyfriend, even if he sometimes needs to dial down the overprotective vibe. And watching Rachel deal with her anxiety and panic attacks, and/or not deal with them, added another layer of concern to the story.
I definitely still appreciate the pro-therapy/counseling message of this series.
Book 311 read in 2018
I’m so upset that this story ended. I can’t even talk about it right now. I just wanted to stay in the world for as long as possible, and now I’m kicked back out of it and devastated. Boo on reality. This is going to be an ugly book hangover.
There were so many characters in this story on their own difficult journeys. Every person in the story has a purpose, and every major side character is developed well enough that you really get invested in everyone, not just the main couple.
This is the story of a boy who can’t stop fighting everyone and everything, and a girl who did nothing but fight and now never wants to fight again.
Book 312 read in 2018
Don’t love fighting. Do love this book. Katie McGarry writes flawed characters who are so lovable I hate when our time together ends.