Meg's Review:So this book. There were things I loved and things I didn't about it, these things are parts of the main storyline so I don't want to give anything away. It is a book that evokes a variety of emotion and does so in a way that draw you in. With some of the aspects of the book, I didn't like the way it was handled by the characters. I was yelling at the book and ranting to myself over some of the decisions, but in the end I understood why the author wrote it the way she did. Ok, now that we got that out of the way lets talk about Drew and Ali. Ali is broken. She is shattered and broken. Her one saving grace, one goal still in her sights, is her dancing. It is all she thinks she has left, well, until Drew. He isn't exactly what she thinks, and watching her try to decide is a sight to see all its own. Drew isn't any more whole emotionally then Ali is. He is just broken in other way. His sights are set on escape. His life isn't an day one and his devotion is inspiring, weather it be to a dream, or to a decision. He does all he can to protect those he loves. This novel is wonderfully written and definitely has me hooked. It definitely brought out the feels and I was hooked. I had to know where it was going. The author did a great job of answering your questions and giving you validation of your feelings and anger in the end. As a first from Kathryn, this will be a series I definitely see to the end. I want to know the rest, the good and the bad from the Hale Brothers.
Sometimes I think to myself, “How did I get here?” Then the pain hits and I remember…it’s because she’s gone. I now live in a new town, go to a new school, and I’m supposed to be moving on with my new life. Only, I no longer know who I am anymore. Dancing is all I have left and every day I feel completely alone. Silence has become the theme song to my life. She said to find some joy and light, but I don’t know how. Mostly, I feel surrounded in darkness…that is until I meet him.
I have only one goal, in 298 days I’m going to drive away from this small beach town and never return. People are always watching me closely, too close, and I’m tired of wearing a mask. I need to be free. Swimming is my ticket out of here and I remind myself daily to fly under the radar, stick to my routine, and under no circumstances let anything distract me. I’m not as perfect as they think, most days I am drowning in guilt. I’m not sure I will ever be able to escape the feelings of shame, worthlessness, and just being unwanted…that is until I meet her.