The Possibility of Us

The Possibility of Us

by Lisa Burstein
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The Possibility of Us by Lisa Burstein

A new adult novella from Entangled's Embrace imprint...
One weekend together could change everything…

When her friend called to tell her about the funeral, Cassie wanted to say no. She had enough to handle with her own hollow existence. But she knew she should pay her respects to her old camp counselor…as long as her ex, Ben, wouldn't be there.

Except Ben is there. Still gorgeous, still angry, and still able to penetrate her defenses with one intense stare. All the reasons they left each other in a flurry of heartache start to fall away over one long, snowy weekend.

But tough Cassie can't truly open up to Ben when she knows confessing her secrets will leave her raw, defenseless. And the possibility of forever might not be enough to gamble on all the impossibilities of now.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781622667215
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 07/01/2014
Series: Entangled Embrace
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 180
Sales rank: 627,674
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Lisa Burstein is a tea seller by day and a writer by night. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the Inland Northwest Center for Writers at Eastern Washington University. She is also the author of Pretty Amy, The Next Forever, Dear Cassie and Sneaking Candy. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her very patient husband, a neurotic dog and two cats.

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The Possibility of Us 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
xCynyx More than 1 year ago
The Possibility of Us is the continuation of Dear Cassie (read our review here) however, according to goodreads reviews you can read it as a stand alone. It don't recomed it though, seeing how far Cassie and Ben have come and even some of my fav secondary characters makes this book even better.  While Dear Cassie ended in a happy place, The Possibility of Us starts off in a really bad one. We learn that our beloved character didn't get their HEA and so they now are facing not only their problems that took them to boot camp in the first place but the heartache and the knowledge that being together isn't as easy as they hoped.  While is a pretty short read, this book brings back all the raw, deep feeling Dear Cassie did. Cassie still uses her favorite F word in every way possible, and it's a lot of ways. I loved how the characters remain true to themselves and they grow along the story in more ways they did in book 1.  While at first two days to get back together and make everything ok might seem little, once these two get their lifes in order in their heads things easily fall into place. I love Cassie and Ben and I also wanted to punch them several times during this book, because they are both so stubborn at times. I did like what Cassie did, it was about time!  The secondary characters are great as always, they help keep the story moving and light at times. Ben's brother, Drew, turns out to be an kinda good guy, even with what we already knew about him. And Laura, Cassie's friend from boot camp, is back! And in a way I didn't imagine. I was really happy to see her, not only back but as  a stronger girl. (here is hoping for Laura and Drew story :)) Lisa handled the feelings, the problems and the maturing of the characters in an amazing way. I really loved the book. It sets itself apart from other NA books were the sexual aspect of it is more about the tension and whether the girl is ready, The Possibility of Us makes it about learning to accept the past, to accept that they want to be each other even though it might be hard at times and that is the hard times what will make them stronger.  I'll stop now, but the ending is perfect! 
TheAutumnReview More than 1 year ago
After reading Dear Cassie, I felt good about the path Cassie was heading in. Then, I opened this one and my heart crumbled, just a little bit. I adored Ben, so my heart hurt a little to find out that things were less than perfect between them. But, in the end...I was a very happy reader.  What worked for me: ~Cassie is probably my favorite character from this collection. Her character is very real to me. I find myself relating to her in so many ways.  ~I felt like Cassie made some significant growth. One of my biggest issues with Dear Cassie was that I wanted her to trust Ben enough to tell him her whole story. In this book, it takes time, but I felt like she finally realized she wanted to be happy with Ben. And in order to do that, she needed to be honest, about everything.  ~Ben. Simply Ben. I love him.  ~Laura and Drew cracked me up and have left me...curious for more of them? What didn't work for me: ~What didn't work for me wouldn't have given me this story. And without this book, I would have missed seeing Cassie's growth, so I suppose there wasn't really anything that bugged me.  Overall, I really enjoyed it. I was happy to see Cassie move forward, unguarded and honest, with Ben. The Possibility of Us gave me the perfect escape I needed. I really got lost in the story of them. If you've followed this collection, you won't want to miss this.  Quotes: ~We'd both been broken before we met. We'd both been crushed after. What were we now?-Loc 476 ~"Honestly, I don't really sleep well. Not anymore, anyway," I admitted. Words I probably couldn't say if we weren't in the dark, if she could see my face-if we hadn't just spent hours eating and laughing and not talking about us.  "When did anymore start?" she asked.  I swallowed hard. "Two months and twenty-nine days ago," I said.  "That's when my anymore started, too," she replied quickly.-Loc 662 ~In seconds, the miles that had been between us all weekend became feet and inches and then nothing. Our kiss was bottomless, blooming like a flower reflected in the night sky. It reminded me of who I was supposed to be-who we were supposed to be. And like that, we were we again, Cassie and Ben again.-Loc 1268 ~"Will you elbow me in the balls if I tell you I can't imagine my life without you?" "No," she said, "but if you make me cry, I definitely f*cking will."-Loc 1419 
My_Writing_Self_ More than 1 year ago
Cassie Wick is an 18-year old loner, with a tough outer shell, and one best friend, Laura. Ben Claire is a musician, working with his brother, Drew, while longing for something more.  A connection is made by Cassie and Ben when they meet at a camp, and they find meaning in their lives and all is right with the world, as long as they are with each other. But fate will have it another way, reality sets in and their love is not enough to hold them together. They are pulled apart, leaving them engulfed in anger, resentment and pain.   Will Ben and Cassie be able to see past that when they face each other again at their old camp counselor's funeral?  Can Cassie continue to keep her secret from Ben without consequences? Can Ben let down his defenses and go for the possibility of being with the one woman that he does not want to live without?   "The Possibility of Us" by Lisa Burstein is an easy read, with likeable, down to earth characters. It touches your heart and leads to reflection about redemption, self-love and forgiveness.  You will not put it down until you know how Cassie and Ben's story ends.       *I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
Amabe421 More than 1 year ago
I have really enjoyed the books in this series, and I really liked Cassie's character. She's very abrasive, but that's what I like about her. She's been hurt, she's hurt others, and she doesn't quite know where to go in her life at the moment. She has things that she needs to overcome and move on from, or to accept and take responsibility. This was a great story of what happened after Turning Pines, and how things turned out where they are with Ben.I of course love that it's a dual POV so we get to hear things from both Cassie's side, and Ben's side. Cassie is her normal foul-mouthed self, but she's also heart broken and confused. This one takes place mostly at a hotel where they are staying for her Turning Pines councilor's funeral. When Ben shows up, she is angry, but also glad to see him. She doesn't want to fall back into things just to have them fall apart again, but she also misses him and knows that she is in love with him. She is still having trouble letting him completely in. Being there at the funeral makes her really think about things in a way she didn't before. Now she just has to wonder if it's too late and if she has enough strength inside to do what she needs to. Ben was a favorite of mine in Dear Cassie. I just love his personality. He was mysterious in that, but in this one he is pretty much an open book. He is also not as much the fun loving Ben. That part of him is still there, but he is hurt, and he uses sarcasm and an attitude to cover it. (Kind of like Cassie herself.) He wants so much to be with Cassie, but also wants her to let him in and not keep hiding important parts of herself anymore. He wants the trust he deserves from her. He is so sweet and I love how he's always wanting to protect her and be there for her, but I really liked that he also wanted to be important too. Not have it always be all Cassie, but about them. The romance was a slow build up in this. We have already had a romance between these two, but this is like starting over. There is also bad history with it since they are both hurt from what happened between them. They obviously still care about each other a lot, but aren't sure exactly how the other feels, or if they are willing to try to make things work. Or for that matter, if it's fair to want that from the other. Things are tense between them, but they slowly let each other back in. They know that the other is important to them, but will they be able to make it work beyond the weekend? I loved the characters in this, and I really liked getting the continuation of their story. Getting to know Laura and Ben's brother was really fun. We get to know a bit more about Ben's past where we knew almost nothing. I thought that the emotional connection of the characters in this book was a strong point. Cassie bothered me in this one more than she had previously though. I know that F*$% is her favorite word, but it seemed almost overdone in this. Like it was there all the time even when it seemed totally unnecessary. Besides that though, I really loved this, and I thought it was a great addition to these books!! Lisa Burstein continues to be an author that I adore and can't wait to read more of her books. *An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.
AmyBosica More than 1 year ago
The Possibility of Us follows the story of Cassie and Ben. Cassie and Ben used to be together. Unfortunately, circumstances worked against them and they had a painful break up. Now, months later, they are reunited. A camp counselor they both knew has passed away and both Ben and Cassie will be attending the funeral. They haven't seen or heard from one another for 3 months. What will happen when the two of them are forced to be around each other again?? Can Ben and Cassie get past their issues? Will one weekend be enough to change everything??? The Possibility of Us was a very quick and easy read for me. I enjoyed Cassie's fiery attitude, even if she did use the F-word a lot. I enjoyed her interactions with Ben. I found the dual pov's to be very helpful and enjoyed seeing Ben's side of things.  Overall, I thought this book was an ok read. I enjoyed the idea of troubled teens and second chances. I thought the romance was sweet, but I just wanted a little bit more.  *****I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*****
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Bette313 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. Light, fun, easy read that I read straight through. If language is an issue for you than you may want to pass on this one. If you can read past the language and see it as a shield the character uses then I recommend you read this one. It's a sweet story about how two somewhat troubled youths learn to deal with an overwhelming love. I would recommend it!
Nicola_1202 More than 1 year ago
This is the first novel I have read by Lisa Burstein and I devoured it. Hearts and flowers are lovely, but sometimes I just cherish a good dose of hurt, angst and the premise of broken being fixed. The Possibility of Us brought me that. "Maybe we were too broken to put back together. Maybe we'd been too broken to even put together in the first place". Cassie and Ben have a history. When I started I didn't realise that this was a follow up to Pretty Amy and Dear Cassie. Personally, I don't feel not having read these has affected my enjoyment of this book, so I'd say it could easily be read as a standalone. Told from both their POV and with flashbacks, the jigsaw of their pasts came together enough for me. Both are stubborn, both have their defences up and Cassie is a little whiny and stroppy to start with, but she wasn't unlikeable or unbearable with it. Their young age (18) and lack of life experience led to them parting ways, yet in some respects they have more experience than some much older and when both attend a funeral, feelings are reignited and they begin a journey of realisation. It didn't hold any huge surprises, but it was an enjoyable read. Cassie uses the f-bomb fairly fragrantly but it was just her and I loved her sparring with Ben's brother Drew. Ben is sweet, he loves her and seems to have grown up during their time apart, but I would have liked a little more fire to him. And underneath the broken is a couple with the capability to bring the best out in each other; the glimpses of their fun sides lifted the story. It has the angst yet at the same time it's an easy read with moments that will make you smile and has placed Lisa Burstein on my reading radar. Copy received courtesy of Entangled Publishing via NetGalley for an honest & unbiased opinion