Whitney Denison can’t wait to start over.
She thought she had everything under control, that her future would always include her best friend Katie… Until everything changed.
Now her life in Bloom is one big morning after hangover, filled with regret, grief, and tiny pinpricks of reminders that she was once happy. A happy she ruined. A happy she can’t fix.
So, she is counting down the days until she leaves home for Colson University, cramming her summer with busywork she didn’t finish her senior year, and taking on new hobbies that involve glue and glitter, and dodging anyone who reminds her of her old life.
When she runs into the stranger who drove her home on graduation night, after she’d passed out next to a ditch, she feels herself sinking again. The key to surviving the summer in Bloom is unraveling whatever good memories she can from that night.
But in searching for answers, she’ll have to ask for help and that means turning to Evan, the stranger, and Kyle, Katie’s ex-boyfriend. Suddenly, life flips again, and Whitney finds herself on not only the precipice of happy but love, too, causing her to question whether she can trust her feelings, or if she is falling into her old patterns of extremes.
As she uncovers the truth about her memories, Whitney sees that life isn’t all or nothing, and that happy isn’t something to wait for, that instead, happy might just be a choice.
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About the Author
Coleen Patrick lives in Virginia with her family. When she’s not writing, she’s doodling or planning her next road trip. She doesn't mind being told to take a hike—as long as she can take her camera—her Instagram account could always use another photo of the beach at sunset.
One day (she thinks) she wants chickens in her backyard.
Coleen is currently working on another Grace and Zac novel. A road trip is definitely in their future.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I loved the plot of this book. It was all about a girl trying to re-discover herself and uncover certain memories of her past so she can move forward. The author did an amazing job with conveying Whitney's emotions throughout the book and really making the book from her point of view. Usually I don't like it when books seem to be disconnected and much of the book jumps from scene to scene. But in this book the author managed to pull it off because of Whitney and what type of character she is. Whitney was a pretty good character. Sometimes I felt that she was really disconnected from herself and that made the book more interesting. There were equal good and bad traits of her character but I think that these traits fitted well with the story and really helped bring it to life. Sometimes I felt that she was a zombie in the book and was making really stupid choices. She also got these really stupid ideas in her head and wasn't able to stand up for herself. Evan was a character that appears in the book and foreshadows certain events that happen near the end of the book. He was a interesting character and his interactions with Whitney were interesting and fun (most of the time). I liked how his character was portrayed throughout the book and felt that he was a major game changer for Whitney. Kyle was a whole other story. He seemed to add to Whitney's pain and confusion. He ended up to be just as broken as Whitney. The book as a whole was an interesting read that really bring into focus some important aspects of life. I can't wait to see what else this author will write and I will definitely be checking out some of her other books. **** I received this eARC from NetGalley.****
1/5 I tried really hard to like this book. With each page I held on to the hope that something was going to happened that would make me just fall in love with it. That never happened for me though. I was left with nothing. I was bored out of my mind with most of the book. I actually was glad when I finally reached the last page. I was just bored out of my mind. Whitney is a recovering alcoholic who just got out of a rehab. The entire book she is dealing with the death of a girl that used to be her best friend. As a matter of fact an ex-best friend that was awful to her and made her life miserable after she started hating Whitney. There was a hint of romance, but I felt nothing great about the guy she was interested in. He among the other sub characters are just as dull as Whitney. I didn't connect to any character. I tried very hard to like Whitney and just couldn't. I felt like there was nothing real to the book. Her thoughts didn't bring me. I felt like as I read this story, I was kept on the outside. I didn't once feel like I was emerged into Whitney's life. Nothing really happens through the course of this book. Nothing. I felt like there was no build up, and nothing that left me really wanting to turn the page. Would recommend this? No. I usually like the book somewhat and this time. I just didn't.
This book was all over the place, most surely not for me. I give the author props for getting out there and writing a book. I hope someone enjoys this book, because I did not.
I wish I could have spent more than one day on this book, but once I opened it, I couldn't put it down. Major kudos to Coleen Patrick for unraveling a story that kept my mind alive thinking about it for days, something a book hasn't done for me in a long time.