This book is amazing!!! It’s my absolute favorite NA romance of all time, and I doubt anything will ever be able to top it!
It has the feel of those really great, angsty movies from the 80’s that always starred Molly Ringwald and the other brat Brat Packers!
I would now like to suggest that everyone who was born in the 90’s or later and didn’t have a mom or dad that exposed them to the wonderful world of 80’s movies (thank you mommy) to head on over to Google and look up “The Brat Pack” right now.I’ll wait while you do…
DID YOU DO IT?! WASN’T THAT THE BEST?!
Although I think you need to watch at least one of Molly Ringwald’s movies to fully get how well this book pays homage to all of those great films; even if you absolutely hate everything that came before the 90’s, I still think this book might appeal to you if you like a well written romance.
Now that I’m finished letting my 80’s movies geek flag fly, I’ll tell you about the book! 😀
This is a story about two very lonely teenagers, Nastya and Josh, who have endured and are currently enduring some extremely painful things, and have chosen to deal with their pain without reaching out to anyone for help.
What Nastaya had to go through was terrible, she was the victim of a brutal attack that stripped her of the ability to play the piano, and she truly didn’t want to be seen because she thought that she was ruined and hated herself for not being the same person that she used to be.
Josh is all alone in the world and has been forced to take are of himself for a long time, and before Nastya, the only thing in his life that brought him joy was woodworking. I never would have thought that woodworking was a very drool-worthy thing for a man to know how to do, but now I know that a man who can build things with his hands is HOT!
At its heart this book is romance, but what sets it apart from all the other books in this genre, is the way that all the different aspects of Nastya and Josh’s lives intertwined and magnified how deep their connection was. They had this incredible bond that I felt came from how Isolated they felt from everyone else, and that bond was the most romantic thing I’ve read in a long time. It wasn’t one of those unrealistic, “I need you to breathe” type of things; their love was based on the fact that they wanted each other because life was just better when they were together.
When Josh and Nastya meet, it’s effortless how their relationship progresses. They circle around each other for a while without doing anything about the pull they feel towards one another, and then one day Nastya literally shows up on Josh’s doorstep while he’s working in his garage, and on that day they find something that they never dreamed was possible. They find a home, they find someone who they can be silent with, and someone who truly understands.
The author does an amazing job of switching back and forth between Nastya and Josh’s point of views. Just showing up at Josh’s house was something that Nastya thought about more than once, and then she would chicken out. When she finally does visit him for the first time, we see it from Josh’s point of view and not her’s. The author made sure we knew what a big step it was for her, but we still get to experience the surprise and confusion of why a girl he’s never spoken to just showed up in his garage and sat down on his work bench from Josh’s POV. I thought that was genius!
The relationship between Nastya and Josh eventually transitions into romantic one, or it was romantic from day one, I’m not sure. That’s just how seemless the transition was. There’s no doubt about the fact that the relationship is romantic, but to put a label on what they had together just feels wrong to me. It was so much more than just being a “couple”. These two people were truly two halves of a whole. They did put me through the ringer for a bit by being human and making some bad choices. At one point while I was reading, I decided that Nastya was too messed up for Josh and he should just move on and let her get the help she needed; and then he does something so stupid, that I turn right around and decide that Nastya could do better. But even after all the drama they wanted to forgive each other for their mistakes; because they didn’t want to give up on one of the best things in their lives. They felt that staying angry and alone was more painful than possibly forgiving each other.
I drove myself crazy while I was reading this! I would switch between wanting to scream, laugh, cry, and swoon every few pages. That’s what this book does though, it makes you feel everything, and It’s truly one of the most beautifully written stories I’ve ever read. It now holds the same place in my heart as all those wonderful movies that I mentioned at the beginning of this review, and that is a very big compliment.
There’s also a great secondary character in this book named Drew. I couldn’t end this review without at least mentioning him because if Josh didn’t exist, Drew would have been perfect for Nastya. He was a great friend to both of them , and You will fall in LOVE with Drew!
Now what are you waiting for?! Read it please?
I would recommend this book for all who love a well written romance and are 16 and up. There’s some sexual content, but no detailed descriptions, and profanity–lot’s and lot’s of profanity.