Her mind is her worst enemy, and simply waking up in the morning is risky. For a kid like her, staying in bed is easier, especially when the day has come to start school in a new town with new kids who don't understand that the clouds are not the only reason everything is so gloomy.
Dillon Decker is a typical boy from a typical small town who radiates light and happiness. Under the hovering glare from her father, Dillon leads Penelope around on his bicycle's handlebars, hoping he is the cure to her madness.
But when friend turns to lover, and lover turns to caretaker, how much can either of them tolerate before they're swallowed whole?
A story about moving trucks and rollerblades, candy for smiles, and notes across lawns.
First loves and the struggle to keep it sane.
The true love way.
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.69(d)|
About the Author
Known as The Realist, Mary was born and raised in Southern California. She is a wife, mother of four beautiful children, and dog tamer to one enthusiastic Pit Bull and a prissy Chihuahua. She's a hairstylist by day but contemporary fiction, new adult author by night. Mary can often be found finger twirling her hair and chewing on a stick of licorice while writing and rewriting a sentence over and over until it's perfect. She discovered her talent for tale-telling accidentally, but literature is in her chokehold. And she's not letting go until every story is told.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book left a crack in me. It's a touching story of roller-blades, smiles, and the first and last true love. This is the third full-length novel I've read by Mary Elizabeth. Like all the other books she's written the words seem to flow into each other, the power behind her words causes you to pause and feel it deep inside you. True Love Way is more than just the story of first love. Dillon and Pen have something that cannot be explained. Even at the beginning of their friendship, they each bring something the other needs. For Dillon, Penelope is more than the girl next-door. She's the girl who wears the multi-colored sunglasses, even when the sun wasn't out. She's the girl who turns his world upside down when he's only twelve years old. For Penelope, Dillon is her everything. It seems that he is her only friend. He is her protector, the one who is always there for her, no matter what it is, even when she pushes him away. He's the boy who makes everything a little clearer for her. Mary Elizabeth took a difficult subject, one that is hard to talk about in the real world. Not only does she give us a difficult situation, she gives it to us in the form of a child. That hurt, a lot. I've been vague about my own issues before, when I've talked about books that have hit home for me, I haven't dug really into it. We find out more about Pen's condition as she gets older, but there were many times I saw myself in her. The way she felt, the overwhelming emotions that she didn't know what to do with. And her overall sense of being alone. I felt connected to Pen because of that. So while I can't explain all the things that this book made me feel, I can tell you that it touched me in a way I didn't expected. The story of Pen and Dillon is one that breaks all rules on firsts loves. In my opinion. Technically they were together since they were twelve years old. They cling to each other to survive adolescence. Watching Dillon and Pen learning how to love each other as more than childhood friends, as more than high school lovers. Watching them love each other through the hard times and not just the good. It was beautiful. Mary Elizabeth has this way with turning words over and making them something magical. I think this is one book that will stick with me for the rest of my life. I cried, I loved, I felt so many emotions. Dillon and Pen are emotional characters that will stick with me forever. Their love and life story is real. The topics discussed are real and they get ignored. I keep finding these books that take real life emotions and real life situations, and bringing them into the light. Mary Elizabeth is an author who I believe would do amazing things with her writing. I can't wait to see it happen.
4 out of 5 stars Penelope and Dillon start the novel as pre-teens. Penelope moves in next door to Dillon and he is immediately drawn to her with her funky sunglasses and bubble gum bubbles. Penelope suffers from severe depression and sometimes she can’t even get out of bed, but Dillon is determined to be there for her and make sure she is as happy as he can make her. This story of of best friends who become girl/boy friends who become caretakers and more. This story has some very high highs and some very low lows, but with all of those emotions and moments, the author did a great job of making sure the reader was able to keep up and follow along on Pen & Dillon’s adventures. My rating would have been higher, but I felt the story spent too much time in their middle and high school days. I know we needed the history, but I felt like we could have gotten it with a little less of that age and a little more later (like maybe a flashback or something). Though key things did indeed happen in this time frame, I felt like I was reading a really young young adult book which isn’t what I expected from the description. All of that said, though I did enjoy this story and feel like Pen and Dillon were made to be together and this story was a great telling of a possible real-life love story. ** I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review **
Loved this book so much. After reading Mary and Sarah's "Dusty" series I will buy anything they write, it was that special to me. This book was just as awesome. Fantastic writing, storyline and characters. I don't have the correct words in my vocabulary to describe Dillon, he was that freaking amazing.