***2nd EDITION (June 25, 2016)***
They hadn’t seen each other in six years.
She’d always had a crush on him.
He'd only ever seen her like a little sister.
And now...he’s back.
I thought that he was a part of a distant past. I thought I didn’t feel anything for him now, but I was not so sure anymore. Having him back in my life, for however long it was, was making me see things differently. So many things had changed in the last six years and somehow I’d lost myself and forgotten all about my dreams.
My home life was still a mess, my personal life was nothing to boast about and when I see how successful he is, how everything he’d always wanted came true, I couldn't help but feel lacking in a lot of ways. But he’s back and he needed me. I knew I was the only one who understood that part of his life, the only one he’s willing to share it with. My heart is still beating too hard and too fast for him and this time around, I was as much an adult as he was.
Having a six year age gap didn't mean shit.
Being back in Riverdale was harder than I thought. I’d turned my back on that life, but there had always been that one girl in my head. Little B. Now she’s nothing like the twelve year old girl I’d last seen. She’s a young woman, gorgeous and sexy. I couldn't stay away. There’s something drawing me to her and it goes beyond my need to reconnect with her, to have her back in my life and fill the hollow part of my chest. But I couldn't forget the little girl she had been; I shouldn’t forget the little girl she used to be.
Growing up with a junkie mother and nobody else, my neighbor, Brooklyn, had been my only happy place. I had taken care of her, and when I had left, I had to leave behind a huge part of me. I couldn't do it again. I needed her. Once again, she’s the only person I want in my life, but I wasn’t sure if it was for all the right reasons.
Where there too many obstacles in the way?
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Age, what are the rules for two people who love each other? We are aghast when a teen “falls in love” with someone in their mid-twenties, we smile when a pre-teen says they are in love with the older teen next door and figure this puppy love will be outgrown. For Brooklyn, Nolan was her best friend, her protector, the only person who genuinely cared about her and watched over her, in a completely innocent and brotherly way. At twelve, Brooklyn knew Nolan was the boy she wanted, but at eighteen years old, Nolan was about to embark on a journey into the world of adulthood, and one day he was gone, and so was all that young Brooklyn held dear. Neither had a good home life, so they became their own little family, until he left and Brooklyn had only herself to lean on, to be strong for. Fast forward six years and tragedy brings Nolan home again after making it big as a best-selling author, while Brooklyn was a waitress struggling to survive in a claustrophobic small town. Now twenty-four, Nolan was no longer the boy next door and Brooklyn had already felt the sting of rejection and hard times, beautiful, strong, and independent and now eighteen, seeing Nolan only re-kindled her feelings for him. But he waffled between seeming interested in her as an adult and seeing her as his kid sister. Will he never see her the way she sees him? Has the six year difference become a smaller number to bridge? Could his heart belong to another? Is it worth the pain to let him know how she feels, how she has always felt? Don’t they say there is someone for everyone? Why can’t Nolan be Brooklyn’s? Bordering on uncomfortable, Six Years by Stephanie Witter is a gritty tale of love that never seems to be timed right. Deeply emotional, dark, with bittersweet memories and an even more bittersweet reunion, Ms. Witter delves into the world of young love, two souls re-connecting with all the tension and pressure of a new glove on an old hand, the perfect fit, but not worn in enough not to pinch just a little. No matter your feelings about age differences, experience differences and the improbability of two young people who are years and worlds apart, the connection between Brooklyn and Nolan is alive, electric and solid. Stephanie Witter presents a wonderful tale, shedding light on both sides of the coin, including outside influences that threaten to keep these two apart. With characters that often seem mature beyond their years, a shared need and pasts, the heartbreaking scenes these two must deal with will melt even the coldest hearts. Are they meant to be together or is it time to let the past go and find a firm foundation on which to build a future? I received this copy from Stephanie Witter in exchange for my honest review. 4.5 stars
Six Years by Stephanie Witter is the classic story of boy meets girl. Boy meets girl when they become neighbors, boy is older than girl and both have difficult home lives, boy leaves town (and girl) and makes something good of his life, boy returns home to find girl all grown up....and still hopelessly in love with him. Classic, right? And just enough angst to keep the pages turning. Six years away...and six years difference in ages...makes a lot of difference. Or does it?
I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to read several of Stephanie Witter’s books so of course I had to jump on the chance to read her latest book. It was an awesome book that I devoured in just a day. You have these two people that are both struggling with so much from their past and present and we get to watch as their story unfolds. I really liked how there were multi-facets to the six years concept. Not only are they six years apart in age, but it’s also been six years since they’ve seen each other. The story flashes between when they were kids living next door to each other and the present. I’m not always a fan of these kinds of stories but I think Stephanie did a good job with it and it actually helped in understanding both characters. Nolan and Brooklyn had an almost brother/sister relationship when they were younger (especially on Nolan’s part) but they were always close. Then Nolan moved away to save himself and left Brooklyn behind and it changed them both. When Nolan comes back, it’s been 6 years and Brooklyn is all grown up. He sees her as a beautiful woman which is seriously clashing with the 12 year old picture he’s had in his head since he left to follow his dream. Once he gets over the shock it becomes evident that there’s a lot of chemistry there but they don’t know each other anymore. There’s a lot of angst and Nolan struggles to make the right decision. However, it is totally worth the roller coaster of emotions. This was story was highly emotional at times but in the best way possible. It was also steamy at times too. It was a really great story about these two people overcoming a lot of hurtles in their lives to find true happiness. It’s not an easy story and there might be times you need a breather but I promise it is worth it. Stephanie Witter did a phenomenal job with another fantastic book and I can’t wait to read more of her work in the future. 5 out of 5 stars!