Oh man… I loved every single thing about this book. Once again Tamara Ireland Stone has completely blown me away with her ability to tell an incredibly beautiful and heartbreaking story filled with amazing characters and a unique plot.
Hannah and Emory are ex-best friends and neighbors who just can’t seem to bridge the 36 steps between their rooms and find the common thread that will mend their relationship. That is until Luke, Emory’s boyfriend, ends up doubled over in his car and Hannah is the one that finds him. In the aftermath of the accident, Tamara Ireland Stone delves into faith and friendship between the three friends to show how they must come to terms with their individual beliefs, and how that affects their lives going forward.
I don’t even know where to start with this book. I’m always leery of stories that deal with religion and faith … that’s just a personal thing for me, and I find it hard to read them without them coming across as preachy in some form or another, but that is absolutely not the case here. Ireland Stone weaves the religious elements in seamlessly and the story she tells is more about finding yourself and determining your own beliefs and seeing these three teens work those things out was exactly what I was hoping for.
Friendship is always at the heart of Tamara’s books and that is certainly the case here as well. The story is told in alternating chapters from Hannah and Emory and really gives us the opportunity to understand each of their perspectives.
Tamara also delves into some other issues that teens can and will appreciate. With graduation on the horizon, Emory and Luke and evaluating what that means for their relationship, Luke is deciding on what he really wants to do, and Hannah is dealing with a betrayal from someone she has trusted and believed in and a realization that the future she has always planned for, just may not happen.
With relatable characters and a beautiful story, I highly recommend grabbing this as soon as it’s on shelves.
- Paperback: 397 pages
- Publisher: Disney-Hyperion; Reprint edition (4 June 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1484774167
- ISBN-13: 978-1484774168
- Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 2.9 x 21 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 340 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 168,217 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)