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This was a tough one. It was not an easy read. Not because the story wasn’t great. It was. In fact, it was exceptional. This was tough to read because it was honest. Raw and honest to the point of discomfort. Aubrey’s connection to Maxx is more disconcerting than Maxx’s connection to her. Logically, Aubrey understands that every choice she makes concerning Maxx is a bad one. She still cannot resist. Her addition to him is just as dangerous as his addiction issues. Witnessing this is brutal. Maxx and his issues are heartbreaking. His character is damaged from the beginning and only gets worse as the story goes on.
I have read a lot of reviews stating that the reader didn’t like Aubrey, but I cannot say the same. I don’t think we were meant to like or dislike her. We just needed to hear her story. Her undoing is so subtle that once you realize she is ruined, it’s too late. All along you know what she is doing. You don’t agree, but you get it. You shake your Kindle and you yell at the pages, but you keep watching the train wreck to see what will happen next. For me, it all made sense. Dysfunctional, desperate-for-a-connection sense. I was suddenly remembering every stupid choice I made for every stupid boy while I was in my early twenties. (Shakes head and moves on…)
”I wished things could have been as easy as holding Aubrey’s hand and skipping off into the sunset of our happily ever after. I really wanted that.”
Because Aubrey loses herself in Maxx, his chances of recovery are nil. I must say, regardless of his myriad of issues the sleeping in his own vomit thing, I loved this character. In fact, I think I knew him in college. He was a mess. Aubrey was a mess. Her roommate was a mess. Wait… it’s college. They are all a mess. No one knows who they are or what they want and it is all completely accurate.
This story was written as a duet and you will want the second book, Follow Me Back, immediately.
Summing it up: exceptional, heartbreaking, brutal, raw, honest, ruined, messy and utterly brilliant. I will read anything A. Meredith Walters writes. She hasn’t let me down let.
5 Stars and moving quickly into Follow Me Back to feel a semblance of reparation. Bravo, Ms. Walters. Maybe just a club soda for this series… 😉