I had been seeing great reviews and people posting about this book for months before i finally read it. Boy was that a shame. I should have read this a long time ago. This is hands down one of the best books I have read this year. The story was amazing and the writing was far superior to most books in this genre. The author had a way of making you feel connected to these characters, as if they were close friends and their happiness would greatly affect your own. This book was so many things; friends to lovers, love triangle, second chance romance, and all done effortlessly and seamlessly.
Chloe and Gavin first meet when they are 12 and pretty much have an instant friendship. So many things complicate their relationship from the beginning; hormones, Gavins twin brother Devon, and the usual trappings of high school. Things only get more complicated the older they get and the more they start to realize their feelings for each other. Things build and build until one night leads to a revelation and a tragedy. This changes every possible aspect of their relationship, and they are unable to go back and make things right. The story is told from alternate points of view and varies between past and present. I love this pattern as it allows all of the secrets of the story to come out at just the right time.
There was so much angst I found myself shaking the book often, just wishing these two would get it together. I find that the more frustrating two characters are, the more rewarding it is when they get their HEA. I also loved seeing how much both Gavin and Chloe had changed in their time apart. Both mature in ways that are surprising and refreshing. They are both aware of their shortcomings and actively try to improve on them. I honestly cannot recommend this book enough. It absolutely deserved to win the RT award for best new NA book.
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