Something in the Wayby Jessica Hawkins
It was a hot summer day when I met him on the construction site next to my parents' house. Under the sweat and dirt, Manning Sutter was as handsome as the sun was bright. He was older, darker, experienced. I wore a smiley-face t-shirt and had never even been kissed. Yet we saw something in each other that/i>
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An epic, three-book saga of forbidden love...
It was a hot summer day when I met him on the construction site next to my parents' house. Under the sweat and dirt, Manning Sutter was as handsome as the sun was bright. He was older, darker, experienced. I wore a smiley-face t-shirt and had never even been kissed. Yet we saw something in each other that would link us in ways that couldn't be broken...no matter how hard we tried.
I loved Manning before I knew the meaning of the word. I was too young, he said. I would wait. Through all the carefully-chosen words hiding what we knew to be true, through his struggle to keep me innocent, and through infinitely-starry nights--I would wait. But I'd learn that life isn't always fair. That no matter how much you achieve, none of it matters if you suffer the heartbreak that comes with falling for someone you can never have. Because even though I saw Manning first, that didn't matter. My older sister saw him next.
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Jessica Hawkins is an author known for her “emotionally gripping” and “off-the-charts hot” romance. Dubbed “queen of angst” by both peers and readers for her smart and provocative work, she’s garnered a cult-like following of fans who love to be torn apart…and put back together.
She writes romance both at home in the California desert and around the world, a coffee shop traveler who bounces from café to café with just a laptop, headphones, and coffee cup. She loves to keep in close touch with her readers, mostly via Facebook, Instagram, and her mailing list.
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What an incredible start to this coming of age story! I was immediately captivated by Lake and Manning and devoured this book! Growing up in the same time period as the story took place in only enhanced my enjoyment and I loved all of the pop culture and music references. I honestly felt like I was right there with Lake back in the 1990's. The writing was beautiful and I experienced so many emotions while reading this book. Jessica Hawkins captured the excitement, anxiety, confusion, and butterflies of falling in love so perfectly. Lake was such an intelligent and mature heroine, but at the same time she was vulnerable and girlish, teetering on the cusp of adulthood. Manning was brooding and dark, but behind the walls and hurt was a man trying to rise above the circumstances of his life. Honestly, all the characters were so genuinely imperfect that you couldn't help but relate to them and root for them to overcome the odds. I don't want to give anything away so please forgive the vagueness and brevity of my review. Just know that this story will take you on an emotional journey you won't soon forget. It is a slow burn romance that will lift your heart one minute and then rip it out of your chest the next. Something in the Way is the first book in a three part series, so please hold onto your hearts and have the tissues ready! *I voluntarily read an advanced copy of this title*
Oh Jessica Hawkins (hand over heart) you had me at 1993. This was the year I graduated high school. For me these were simpler times. A time before cell phones, caller id or social media. When you waited for the phone to ring on a Friday night and the latest mix tape is the theme to your current range of emotions. Wonderful memories came flooding back of innocent, simpler times of being sixteen. When the smallest gesture or compliment... completely takes over your world. This is a beautiful story about coming of age. Awaking the love we are capable of receiving and wanting to give so freely. Young love and feelings can be so powerful. Little do we know at that age, that it sets the foundation to last a lifetime. Jessica Hawkins has truly outdone herself. A gifted author who is able to put into words what we all think and feel. I will forever adore this book. The title alone has some many wonderful interpretations. I can’t wait for the continuation of this breathtaking series.
Good read, lots of twists, but ends with a cliffhanger
4.5 STARS This book was not at ALL was I was expecting! I'm a huge Jessica Hawkins fan and I've read quite a few of her previous books. I'm totally addicted to her signature brand of hot, forbidden and shocking. This certainly has all of those elements, some more than others, but the story is more of a slow burn and buildup to what will happen in the next two books. It is set in the past, in 1993. It had me feeling so old and nostalgic for my own young adult years! I loved all the pop culture references. This first installment of this series I would classify as more young adult or new adult, as the heroine is only 16 years old. Those aren't my favorite genres as I like my heroines a bit older and more mature, but I can't say no to a book from this author. She definitely held my attention by making a little home in my heart for the characters. Her love interest, Manning, is seven years older than Lake. There is that forbidden element. However, there is no sexual relationship between them. The foundation for their relationship is more of a friendship with a side of forbidden sexual tension. Lake is young in body and mind, but she has a maturity beyond her years. Despite that, Manning is a stand up guy with morals and he isn't willing to cross that line. The something in between them is Lake's older and infuriating sister, Tiffany. And the shocking part that I never saw coming? Naturally, that comes at the end with the cliff-hanger. I was left gaping like a fish out of water wondering if it really happened the way I read it! I had to go back and double check. Overall, I prefer my books with more heat, but given Lake and Manning's age difference, I was thankful that line wasn't crossed because I would have lost some respect for Manning.
Wooooo, Ok then. If anyone can do slow burn it is Jessica Hawkins. I have never read one like this before. I completely lost myself in this story. I think there is a pretty strong agreement among readers as to what we want more of. Give us something different; something that makes us think, something that wows us. Well let me tell you this is it. Anytime there is an age difference between characters I'm always curious as to how that storyline was will play out. Lake is 16 which can be tricky. The author did an amazing job at keeping the subject matter in the forbidden, without venturing into the taboo. Lake and Manning's story is set in the early 90's, and while I don't generally like books that aren't in the present tense, it totally worked. Lake is a quiet overachiever who is kind of stuck in the middle area of adulthood and adolescents. She's the exact opposite of her older sister Tiffany, who is a typical carefree so-cal party girl. Lake and Tiffany have an accidental meeting with Manning which leads to a instant friendship between Lake and Manning, it's also instant lust for Tiffany. Manning is this sweet, kinda broody college student who has dreams of doing good for the people around him. It's clear he has a connection with Lake but his conscience is constantly going back and forth between friendly affection or possible romantic feelings for someone who is clearly too young. He's really torn about how he should interact with Lake. Add in Tiffany's blatant advances and it's a tough situation however you go about it. There are these beautiful moments between lake and Manning. You'll find yourself rooting for them to express how they feel, but there is also the hesitation because you know it can end really badly for both of them. Besides a potential love story unfolding, you get this fantastic telling of a girl who is trying to figure out who she is and what she wants. She's falling in love for the first time with someone she can't be with, someone who has caught her sisters eye. If that doesn't twist up your insides I don't know what will. Like she always does, Hawkins blew me away with this story. The conflict was great I can't wait until the second book in this series. 5 stars all the way.
This book.... THIS. BOOK!!! Jessica has basically torn my heart out of my chest and stomped it into the dirt. I am feeling so much emotion right now. I am basically in the first 4, out of 5, stages of grief right now. 1. Denial 2. Anger 3. Bargaining 4. Depression - or heartbreak - whatever you want to call it. I don't know if I can ever get to 5. Acceptance. I can tell you I don't see it in the foreseeable future anyway. Lake Kaplan is 16 and totally under her fathers thumb. She's the good girl whose life revolves around her fathers will for her to go to USC. There is never play time for Lake, she's always studying so she can get into USC. Her sister Tiffany is all about play. She's 19, still living at home and still living off her parents money. Lake meets Manning, the gorgeous but brooding/secretive construction worker working on the house that is being built right next to theirs. A friendship starts from this meeting but between age difference, Tiffany and Lake's father's biasness against the construction worker's/site, Lake and Manning just can't be. Manning is so good and is keeping his distance while staying near Lake at the same time, through Tiffany. Manning sees similarities between his sister and Lake even though he feels differently towards Lake as well, but he knows his boundaries and adheres to them. Then an unthinkable circumstance happens and we're left reeling at the outcome. This story is so filled with emotions that it's hard to comprehend them all until the end. I'm glad this is a first book of 3, but can't wait for the next one either, because things just can't end the way they did in SitW. This is a definite DO NOT MISS book! Jessica called it a slow-burn, but I'm burning up fast at that ending and I need more, NOW! *ARC provided for review
What a kick off to this trilogy. When we meet Lake, she is 16, her sister is 19 and Manning is 23. Manning and Lake have an instant connection to one another, but he knows it's wrong to feel anything for such a young girl. At first it was a protective instinct and then as they got to know each other he started to fall for this young girl, but knew that nothing could ever happen. The only way to see Lake was to date her sister. Lake was never a girl that was into boys, clothes or makeup. She focused on school and doing what her dad wanted her to do. When she met Manning, she felt things she had never felt before. She was jealous of the time he spend with her sister, but understood they could just be friends. This story is a great introduction to these characters and what they mean to each other. The relationships are well laid out and we see all of the cracks and crevices of each of the characters. I fell hard to Manning as he fights himself time and time again and blames himself for something that happened in the past that he can't change. The writing is powerful and had me devouring this book in a day. I loved it. I can't wait to see what's to come! May can't come soon enough!