Ashley Herring Blake
Genre: Contemporary, YA
Publication date: May 3rd 2016
by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
“Just let it go.”
That’s what everyone keeps telling Hadley St. Clair after she learns that her father cheated on her mother. But Hadley doesn’t want to let it go. She wants to be angry and she wants everyone in her life—her dad most of all—to leave her alone.
Sam Bennett and his family have had their share of drama too. Still reeling from a move to a new town and his parents’ recent divorce, Sam is hoping that he can coast through senior year and then move on to hassle-free, parent-free life in college. He isn’t looking for a relationship…that is, until he sees Hadley for the first time.
Hadley and Sam’s connection is undeniable, but Sam has a secret that could ruin everything. Should he follow his heart or tell the truth? (less)
-A copy was provided by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for review-
I read this book a while ago, but have been totally slacking on actually writing reviews. I’m sure that you all have noticed. I am going to try to do my best with this since I get hazy on details if I wait to long. I really did like the characters, and I thought they had good chemistry. I haven’t been reading a whole lot lately, but I have been really into contemporary novels and this one was one I did enjoy.
Hadley is a bit of a rough character. Her father cheated on her mom, but they are still together, but it’s not really a happy place. Her mother tries to make her father as annoyed an uncomfortable as possible, and he tries to act like it’s all okay. No one wants to ruffle feathers. Hadley is stuck in the middle of this odd thing going on. She doesn’t know how to forgive her father, but more than that, she isn’t sure of herself. If her parents went through this, she might end up hurt in the future too. She’s a smart and lovely girl, but she’s got a lot of crap to deal with.
Sam was great, but a bit thick in the head to be honest. He has good intentions though. He lives with his mom and sister. His father has moved to Boston after he found out that his wife cheated on him. Sam is very protective of his sister and it’s really sweet. He ends up having to do a project with Hadley, and they end up starting to like each other. The thing is, he knows something that she doesn’t and he doesn’t want her to find out. He really does like her, but doesn’t want to get too close and complicate things.
Besides Sam and Hadley starting to totally fall for each other, I really liked the friendship that Hadley formed with his sister. I thought it was sweet. Hadley’s best friend was pretty awesome too. I wish I could remember her name. This book wasn’t super emotional and didn’t give me all the feels, but it kept me interested and I really wanted for Hadley and Sam to figure their shit out and just be with each other. It was enough to keep my attention, which considering that I was in a major reading slump, is a pretty good thing. I wish I remembered more about the book, but it was good and I thought that it was set at a good pace. I did feel like I knew the characters well and really just wanted the best for everyone. I promise, by reviews will be better going forward. I don’t usually wait this long after reading a book to write a review.
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