Trevor Adler loathes the music he used to love, but it’s the key to his full-ride scholarship and the ticket away from his dysfunctional parents. To kick off their freshman year, Trevor’s roommate drags him to a frat party, where he ends up face-to-face with his childhood best friend and finds himself entrenched in memories he’d rather forget.
Unable to let Charlie go again without understanding the truth of why she disappeared from his life and chose to become the type of person they always hated, Trevor is relentless in his pursuit of the girl he once knew.
Charlotte (Charlie) Logan is broken. Under her perfectly-crafted exterior are the shards of a shattered heart. A handful of angry words changed her life completely and Charlie’s never been able to forgive herself for the truth she’s hidden from everyone.
While Trevor pushes Charlie to remember the music that lit her soul and the laughter they shared, they find themselves reverting to a banter-filled rhythm that feels all too familiar, yet different now. When Trevor’s own secrets come to light, it becomes clear he and Charlie both must face their tragic pasts if they have any hope at a future together.
|Publisher:||Perfect Storm Publishing, LLC|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.72(d)|
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You will not be disappointed in her books. There is plenty of angst, conflict, and surprises. I stayed up all night to find out how this would end....and just when you think you have it figured out she twists the path of the story or character.
There is SO much to love about this story, but the highlight for me is most certainly the characters. They were so full of depth, quirky, EXTREMELY lovable, but also with epic flaws that made them feel real (and made you occasionally not like the things they were doing, even as you still loved them). Trevor was seriously swoony. He pursued his friendship with Charlie with a single-minded determination that had you cheering for him...most of the time. It was interesting to see a character that put so much thought and care into another human being, but at the expense of himself and sometimes without realizing that a true friendship has the give and take, and to expect someone to let you in, you also have to let them in. So occasionally I would want to smack him into learning that lesson faster...but again, that's where that depth of character and flaws part comes in. He had his own growing and learning to do (and not just because of what was happening in his own life, and the struggles he was dealing with). But he was honestly so sweet and understanding with Charlie, and I loved the way he knew when to push her and when to back off. And he seriously had some of the swooniest lines I've ever heard. Charlie was strangely easy to love as well. Strange because we don't get to hear her thoughts much in the first half, and the way she behaved could be very offputting. But maybe its because you get such a strong hint that something awful has happened to hurt her and force her to put on that mask. So I was waiting to see inside her mind. I loved the growth her character went through, and the conclusions that she comes to about what she needs. And the chemistry between Charlie and Trev was pretty fantastic...especially friendship wise. They had this amazing flow between them, a banter and a way of interacting that just made me want to know them in real life. And some of the swoony moments between them gave me such freaking butterflies. I will admit to being a little bummed we didn't get more romance. I'm a romance lover, and after some of that build up, I really wanted the payoff to be bigger. Speaking of characters, Sam and Darcy were the sh*t. Seriously. Some of the best secondary characters I've seen in a while, I loved the way they were there in the background, offering support, and going through their own struggles. In the end this book delved into some pretty hard topics, but I felt like it did so with realism and heart. My heart broke for both characters and the struggles both in their past and present. I really thought that their personal developments moved at a real pace. It wasn't something that could be changed overnight, but that took time and a lot of steps. Sometimes I feel like other books rush this, and so it was really refreshing. So why not 5? I can't put my finger on why, but I kept avoiding reading this book. Was it that I was avoiding the tough topics? Maybe. But I think I might have been a bit bored on occasion, I needed just...something more. Or maybe that there was just SO much that Ms. Smith tried to pack into this one novel, and I felt like one or two things then got shortchanged. I felt a bit let down with the ending too. The developments with Charlie's family COMPLETELY threw me, what we got felt too neat and tidy and unrealistic. It sort of felt that way for a few things, like we had this real and gritty book, and then the ending fell flat (the grand gesture left me confused) and a bit rushed.
Charlie and Trev - Trev and Charlie - They were childhood best friends that took solace in the safety of togetherness, until he had to move away, and too many forces kept them apart. Charlie: She disappeared and became someone new. She didn't want to, but she simply had to. She had no choice other than to be strong through the worst life can deal someone and learn to stuff her own demons into a quiet place. Put on a pretty face and carry on, she told herself. Go to college and pretend. Hide even. End of story. Trevor: He was the adult when he should have been able to be the child. His music save him and cursed him at the same time. But, it gave him a full ride scholarship at a great school; it gave him a chance to escape. The frat party was the last place he wanted to be, but his roommate insisted. Then as if it was fate - there she was. His Charlie. But, she was Charlotte and oh so dramatically different and changed. What had happened? The question is - can they learn to find themselves and each other again? Will they have the ability weather the storms that rage and threaten to end them. Can they be the people they long to be? Take the time to read Stormy Smith's personally touching novel. It is teenage angst, self discovery, and heart-wrenching mental health awareness all wrapped up in one beautiful piece. It will speak to your heart. It will remind of you how reaching out for help is necessary - NO REQUIRED - especially in the most fragile time of life. Be prepared to laugh, cry, and most of all connect to the perfectly developed characters of a book in a new way.
Both Charlie and Trevor's stories have stuck with me long after I first finished this book. It was beautiful seeing their relationship grow and to watch them learn so much about themselves through each other. Plus, the backdrop of Des Moines, Iowa (my hometown!) and all of the wonderful mentions of where they were traipsing around made my heart so happy. I've never read a book set in Des Moines that spoke so much to me. It's seriously a love letter to being young in Des Moines. I thought Stormy did a fantastic job handling the portrayals of mental illness throughout and the characters felt incredibly real because of this intense attention to detail. It never felt like a plot device. Was this book emotionally draining? Yes. Was it worth it? 1000%. Be prepared to laugh, feel all of the goosebumps, and have your heart ripped out then sown back together within the same breath. *I received an advance reader copy in return for an honest review