This was Danielle Ellison’s first journey into New Adult and she did a phenomenal job!
Meet Cassie and Graham, aka the main character and the boy next door. Yes, they were in love and in a relationship. But unlike the normal cliche, this “next door” relationship didn’t work out. It actually ended up with Cassie ditching her whole life to go to college in Indiana! I bet you weren’t expecting that- were you? 😉 I certainly wasn’t!
Something else that was unique was that we, the readers, got to see what happened to Graham even after Cassie left. And unlike most people with broken hearts, he didn’t disassociate himself from her family. He actually ended up talking to Cassie’s mother almost every day. I was very happy that the whole novel switched between Cassie and Graham’s POVs because I was able to see both sides of the situation. I did not feel swayed to believe one side over the other- they were both believable.
We also watched the new relationships that formed after Cassie and Graham broke up. It was interesting that neither of them were happy, even though they both pretended to be okay. While I don’t love the concept of a rebound relationship, it happens and Danielle depicted it in a very realistic manner. Not all love is going to be pure and perfect. It’s a sad truth, but a truth nonetheless.
I also loved that the reader didn’t get to learn the true reason why Cassie broke up with Graham until the very end of the novel. It kept me in suspense, and when I found out, it really resonated with me. It certainly was not what I was expecting, and it actually allowed me to re-evaluate Cassie. When the truth finally came out, it appeared as though almost all of the characters reflected back upon their decisions and realized that they had made mistakes. That type of character development made the beta reader (and regular reader) in me very, very happy!
I really enjoyed this book and give it 4.5/5 stars.
Also, I’m not sure if you know, but Danielle is actually one of June’s Sunday Street Team featured authors! (For more information on the Sunday Street Team click HERE). She has been generous to donate ONE ebook of an author who blurbed her book to ONE lucky winner! The authors are: Rachel Harris, Chanel Cleeton, and Riley Edgewood.