Published by Balzer + Bray on October 1st, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Source: bought in-store
Reena Montero has loved Sawyer LeGrande for as long as she can remember: as natural as breathing, as endless as time. But he's never seemed to notice that Reena even exists until one day, impossibly, he does. Reena and Sawyer fall in messy, complicated love. But then Sawyer disappears from their humid Florida town without a word, leaving a devastated—and pregnant—Reena behind.
Almost three years have passed, and there's a new love in Reena's life: her daughter, Hannah. Reena's gotten used to being without Sawyer, and she's finally getting the hang of this strange, unexpected life. But just as swiftly and suddenly as he disappeared, Sawyer turns up again. Reena doesn't want anything to do with him, though she'd be lying if she said Sawyer's being back wasn't stirring something in her. After everything that's happened, can Reena really let herself love Sawyer LeGrande again?
In this breathtaking debut, Katie Cotugno weaves together the story of one couple falling in love—twice.
I’m sorry if this comes out as a rant.. You have been warned..
Nothing really happens exactly..It’s just day to day mundane things except at the end there was a bit of drama. There’s no hook to keep you reading. I pushed this aside twice and picked it up again just so I can find out if he changes. There are chapters of her going to the mall and shopping and cooking food. It’s super mundane and utterly boring. I also don’t like the Before and After chapters because it breaks the momentum of whatever happened.
I dislike Sawyer soo much. Reena is supposed to be this smart girl but she keeps going back for more. She keeps putting up with his crap. Not only during the Before, but also with the After. Thought she learned her lesson? And the moment when we find out happens with Allie and Sawyer? Is this supposed to be the reason why he was acting out the entire time? I thought he was already a jerk before that. Then there’s the sweet and steady Aaron who wants her. Yet she wants the bad-boy Sawyer. Every time he would smirk I wanted to punch him. Ughhh I did not like him at all. He’s probably one of the worst YA boyfriends I’ve read about. Did I miss something??? Wasn’t this supposed to be some epic love story? I found it to be more like lust!? I didn’t find anything remotely interesting or passionate about these two. I’m sorely disappointed.. *sighs*
I’m guessing there was supposed to be so much more than just romantic love, but also family and friendship love. But again I didn’t find any of that. Her best friend Shelby keeps forgiving her for things and she didn’t even reach out to her. Talk about no effort. And obviously coming from a strict Catholic family she would have trouble being sixteen and pregnant, but good God she did not handle it well. Blowing up at her father that way. That’s pretty disrespectful to do to your parent. I wished there was more of an emphasis about how terrified she would be of having this baby at her age, and how her faith could help or destroy her. Yet there wasn’t any of that. It was all Sawyer goggles from then on.
I’m so sad I didn’t like this..It’s always hard to like a book when you dislike the characters.. Maybe someone else will have better luck than I did?