Author: Leigh Talbert Moore
Series: Companion Novel to The Truth About Faking It Series (although can be read as a stand alone)
Published: Feb. 21, 2013
Source: ARC Cop Provided by the Author (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Contemporary
My Rating: 4 Stars!
Ashley wants to smash everything in her once-perfect life.
Charlotte wants to walk in Ashley’s seemingly charmed shoes.
Colt wants to turn Smalltown USA on its ear—with Ashley at his side.
Jordan wants to follow his heart… But Ashley’s the one sacrifice he never expected to make.
Up until now, Ashley Lockett’s followed the rules. She’s always done the right thing, played it safe, gone to church. Then her ideal life is torn apart when her dad dies suddenly.
Now she’s miserable and furious, and she makes a vow not to believe in anything. She’s on a mission to do everything opposite of how she lived before—rejecting safety, the rules, faith…
And then she meets Jordan.
Jordan has big dreams, he’s a great kisser, and he wants to help her through her grief. He also believes in everything Ashley now claims to hate.
Then she meets Colt. He is not safe. And he’s ready to help Ashley fulfill her mission.
My Thoughts and Review:
This book....this book was amazing and even now, I get all chocked up just thinking about it. It might have torn my heart in two.
I absolutely loved Ashley. I felt for Ashley, my heart ached for her. I am a complete Daddy's girl, so this book just about killed me while reading it and feeling all the feelings I could imagine Ashley was going through.
I wanted to reach through the pages, grab Ashley and just give her the biggest hug imaginable and never let go. I felt her sadness, her despair, her anguish and I felt her heart breaking into tiny little pieces over and over again. I wanted to help her pick them up and let her know that it was going to be okay. That what she was feeling was okay.
Jordan. Oh how I loved him. I think I will just leave it at that. I loved him. He was great for Ashley. I wanted her to be with him so bad, I truly was rooting for him from the moment he dropped his books and got all flustered looking at her. He was the sweetest thing.
Colt. What can I say about the hot bad boy that was all wrong for Ashley? Really, I couldn't help it, I sort of liked him despite his bad boy self. He wasn't a typical bad boy, he was really bad but, in the end, he showed a side of himself that redeemed him a little in my eyes. I couldn't help but smile when thinking about him towards the end. I would actually love for him to have his own story. I think it would be really interesting. I would love to get that look deeper into him, I just know there is so much more there.
This book did have some religious aspects in it, nothing too preachy which I appreciated but still, it is there. With a book about death and letting go, it is sort of hard to not bring it up in one form or another. But I think even those that don't love religious talk of any kind, will be okay with this read.
It really was a heartfelt emotional read. One filled with great characters and some pretty deep messages about forgetting, letting go and moving on.
I thoroughly enjoyed it.