Disclaimer: I received this book as an ebook from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis: A self-proclaimed cynic, Eli is unsurprised by her boyfriend’s betrayal. Yet, its impact goes beyond what she realizes; a cruel bet, an array of secrets, and a thousand lessons not yet learned teach her how to trust again as an unlikely boy shows her a kind of love she never knew existed.
After Eli finds her boyfriend cheating on her, she seeks an escape. She heads to the beach to spend the summer before college with her two best friends. When Eli is unable to move past the betrayal, the girls devise a distraction; a bet about their handsome neighbor. Yet their thoughtless competition goes too far and their friendships are tested as they began to wonder how much they really know about each other and themselves. In the chaos, they manage to learn the truth about love, self-acceptance, and the journey back from rock bottom.
This book really shocked me. I absolutely loved it.
The plot…as I started reading, I found it a little predictable, and I was actually really scared the whole book would be that way. But around halfway through – things changed. Everything became hard to guess and full of little plot twists that made me really want to read on and find out what was going to happen between Eli and Jessie!
The characters…ah I found them so confusing at times – especially Rachel. But if you decide to read this book, here’s one bit of info for you. Read on. I learned a lot more about the extraordinary bond between the three main characters as the book progressed, which I loved! They made me feel really involved in the story and the development of their friendship.
The writing…for the most part, was great! At times I did find it a little confusing and hard to read (especially in places with dialogue), but other than that I loved it. Fall definitely has a certain way with words.
Something I liked…the unexpectedness of the ending. I really couldn’t work out what was going to happen, and it could have gone a lot differently. This book walked the fine line between being cheesy and predictable, and poetic and romantic. I found it to be the latter, luckily, and the plot really helped that.
Something I disliked…nothing in particular. Only the dialogue thing, and how some of the writing seemed a bit jumpy – at times I wouldn’t be sure where Eli was or who she was with (as the scenes would change quite suddenly).
My thoughts…I’m so glad I read this! Definitely for lovers of YA romance and contemporary. If you enjoyed The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson or The Edge of Falling by Rebecca Serle, I would recommend this!
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4 out of 5 moons
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