In Japan, they say there's a red thread of fate that binds people who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place, or circumstance. It may tangle, it may knot, it may stretch or fray, but it will never break. It is a future as indelible as the past.
I hope that isn't true. I pity anyone destined to meet me.
For Bianca Ray, the past is always catching up, one way or another. Now in her third semester at college, it's doing it again. Too much drinking has led to plummeting grades and rising absences, putting her scholarships in peril. When she makes it clear that she needs help--all over the floor of her history class--she's given one last chance to shape up: seek therapy and bring her grades up by the end of the semester, or she's out.
Enter Catholic seminarian Daniel McGuire. The last thing Bianca wants is an aspiring priest to counsel her on how to live her life, but the handsome graduate student is different from the holy rollers she fled from at home. Gentle and unobtrusive, he helps her pick up the pieces and find a new way to live: not running from the past, but facing it head on.
But opening up her heart to release the pain means that something else can come in. As Bianca and Daniel grow closer, their relationship moves onto dangerous ground. When they finally cross the line, the fragile courage Bianca has built up threatens to fail her. Can she exorcise the ghosts of her past, or will they catch hold and drag her down where not even Daniel can reach her?
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is about a girl named Bianca and she has some problems. She is afraid of her past and she thinks it will catch up to her present. Daniel is set on trying to help Bianca but she doest think she can be helped. She tells ghost stories that are really about her past. She has other people call her another name. You may think that this book is strange at first because it doesnt tell you what it is about. The book is about 530 pages or around there. It may take a while to get into but it was a very good read. It is in Biancas pov and told in her words. Please read this book. The title may throw you off because this story istnt very romantic but it has its perks. Daniel trys to do the right thing but he is all hung up on God because he is religious, but he isnt one of those REALLY religious guys. Please please please read this book very good and well written!!!!!
A fresh change-up from the typical "bad boy meets good girl" romances dominating the New Adult category, with lovely writing and a unique presentation.
On the verge of failing out of college, Bianca is faced with getting help or returning home – the last place she wants to go. When she enters his life like a storm, Daniel sees the opportunity to help someone in need, but Bianca is pretty sure she can't be helped. Bianca is a ghost of herself. She feels alone in the world. She drinks herself numb so she does not have to think and has sex with any guy willing to feel connected and loved, if only for a brief moment. The author does an exemplary job of bringing out Bianca's pain. I have never suffered from depression, but reading Bianca's thoughts and feelings and emotions I felt as if I completely understood her. Daniel became a quiet presence in Bianca's whirlwind of a life. He is there when she needs him, never saying much, just being her quiet presence. He does not push her to change her life, but rather silently guides her into wanting to be a better person. Though dealing with his own inner struggles, Daniel never lets his smooth, calm mask slip out of place. Bianca and Daniel are perfect for each other. From the very beginning, he is the constant she needs in her life, and she is the chaos he needs in his. The rest of the characters in the story were a great addition. They were able to contribute to the story and make it better for them being there rather than just being a secondary presence. You don't really think about that much when reading a book, but the secondary characters are very important and often fall flat. Bianca's roommates were a presence that gave her a reason to go on when she probably would not have otherwise. There was so much depth to this story, and it was so beautifully written. The author has a way of weaving her words to create this stunning narrative. It is a love story, no doubt, but it is not overwhelmingly romance. The elements of dark depression and addiction are much more prominent, and the romance comes to play as a secondary role. Overall, I loved the story and am pleased I had the opportunity to read it.
"It's like connecting two live wires, and a jolt runs up my arm and through my body, grounding itself in my belly." Wow. This book was something else. I was expecting the typical New Adult where the main characters have problems and then fall in love and things end up so peachy. That's not exactly what happened here, but that is a good thing. There was so much more. It was so beautifully written that you can't help but just fall into the story. You can feel the pain that Bianca does. The little chapters in between the big chapters almost had their own story going that actually enhanced the main story. While some parts were predictable-you knew certain things would happen-it was hard to know exactly what would happen, when and to who. "I stare at him. I don't have a problem. I have a coping mechanism. It's not my fault I need to cope so badly. Bianca had problems. She had gone through something so traumatic she basically falls apart and becomes a ghost of who she could be. While very smart, she is pretty oblivious and lacks some common sense. Once you learn what happened to her, your heart breaks. To go through something so tragic it is completely understandable that she treats relationships and people the way she does. There are times when you just want to hit her and tell her to snap out of it. Luckily, Daniel is there to help pull her out of her funk. "He's not hard like me, not full of nails and bile. He's just sweet, and kind, and a good person." Daniel was a very quiet character. He just sort of floats around the story and comes in when needed. It is exactly the kind of friendship that Bianca needs to help herself start healing. He has his own concerns with life that Bianca sort of helps him figure out (in a very indirect way). He is able to pick up the pieces and put Bianca back in the right state of mind. He's just so sweet and forgiving. Possibly new book boyfriend? "Destroy the fear, and you destroy the drive to survive. The wires are cut, the warnings never go off." The other characters were fun. Tanya, her roommate, was somewhat an enabler, but still tried to do right by her. Alice and Jibril should totally be a couple. They probably were one of the main driving forces to help Bianca. They provided fun distractions that did not necessarily involve alcohol. It was a great supporting cast of characters. They actually were a part of the story instead of just there for no reason. "Even if we don't ever make contact, don't ever kiss or touch beyond hugs and handshakes, I want to connect. That's all I really want. I need to connect, even as I run away from it." I know I already said this, but it was just a beautiful story. I wish there was more to it, that it didn't end. Also, and I think this is one of the first times I've thought this, I wish I had a physical copy of this instead of reading it on my Nook. I feel like I would have enjoyed it so much more if I could feel the book in my hand and feel the words on paper. There is romance, but the main focus is Bianca and her coming to terms with what has happened in her past. I suggest everyone read this asap.