Thank you so much Harlequin Teen and TLC Book Tours for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review.
I rate this emotional read 3.5 stars! A story about how one decision can impact your tomorrow, Jennifer explores the consequences of certain choices and the changes gone through after these actions. While I found a bit of the story to be forced and a little uninspired, being similar to many story lines out there, the writing was well done and the characters were easy to relate too. This was a perfect afternoon read when you’re feeling the need for something eye opening and emotional all while having a cute romance to make you swoon.
“Because sometimes happily-ever-after existed only in the books I read.”
Lena Wise is always looking forward to tomorrow, especially at the start of her senior year. She’s ready to pack in as much friend time as possible, to finish college applications and to maybe let her childhood best friend Sebastian know how she really feels about him. For Lena, the upcoming year is going to be epic—one of opportunities and chances.
Until one choice, one moment, destroys everything.
Now Lena isn’t looking forward to tomorrow. Not when friend time may never be the same. Not when college applications feel all but impossible. Not when Sebastian might never forgive her for what happened.
For what she let happen.
With the guilt growing each day, Lena knows that her only hope is to move on. But how can she move on when her and her friends’ entire existences have been redefined? How can she move on when tomorrow isn’t even guaranteed?
I won’t go too much into what the book deals with as the synopsis is vague and I think it is better going into it not knowing. However, I will say I think the aftermath was handled very realistically. We never imagine our choices and decisions to impact our tomorrow in negative life altering ways, but when they do it can be the hardest thing to cope with. Guilt is especially hard to work through. Jennifer wrote main character Lena’s experience in a way that was so convincing it made the emotions through out this read more powerful.
Lena is a cute girl who reads more than she socializes yet has a close group of girl friends and a very attractive neighbor. I love the idea of when female characters are readers, it makes them automatically relatable. This trait was mentioned a lot though and seemed forced, like there wasn’t much thought into Lena’s overall personality. Not to mention there were Sarah J Mass references made, which is fun because who doesn’t love Feyre and Rhysand, but when SJM is a reviewer quoted on the book and mentioned in the acknowledgements, makes you wonder if those references were less fun and more about promotion.
Sebastian was your typical boy next door romance. Regardless of the unoriginal story line, I still liked him and him with Lena. I loved seeing their relationship and how much they meant to one another. I’m a sucker for romance so I obviously rooted for these two from the start. Jennifer does a great job writing their story through the process of loss, grief, and guilt as well and it only makes you love them more. I wouldn’t have minded a Sebastian across the way when I was growing up!
Important to read, heartbreaking, and romantic, this book is sure to win the hearts of readers everywhere. Easy to read in one sitting, be sure to pick this up if you like emotional coming of age romances!