*Contains a few tiny spoilers*
If someone had told me a year ago that I was about to fall in love, go on an epic road trip, ride a Triceratops, sing on a bar, and lose my virginity, I would have assumed they were on drugs.
Well, that is, until I met Beckham.
Beck was mostly to blame for my recklessness. Gorgeous, clever, undeniably charming Beck barreled into my life as if it were his mission to make sure I never took living for granted. He showed me that there were no boundaries, rules were for the spineless, and a kiss was supposed to happen when I least expected.
Beck was the plot twist that took me by surprise. Two months before I met him, death was knocking at my door. I’d all but given up my last scrap of hope when suddenly, I was given a second chance at life. This time around, I wasn’t going to let it slip through my fingers.
We set out on a road trip with nothing to lose and no guarantees of tomorrow.
Our road trip was about young, reckless love.
The kind of love that burns bright.
The kind of love that no road-map could bring me back from.
Page Length: 318
Publication Year: 2014
Genre: New Adult/Romance/Contemporary/Travel
Characters: Abby and Beck
Abby has been in and out of hospital most of her life and living with a short expiry date due to her heart condition. But then she gets a heart transplant and suddenly she is able to start living. I really liked how profound this book was. There were some really sad moments but this was perfectly balanced by the happy moments. Abby and Becks relationship development was quite beautiful to read, it was well paced and balanced, I liked how they bounced off one another. I also admired Becks patience with Abby whose limited/non-existent experience of being in a relationship lead to moments that would have mad most men extremely pissed off but Beck handle them with a maturity that most 21 years lack.
I don’t think I can find fault with any of this story, it was well-written and thought provoking, I felt Abby’s struggle with how she should be living her life was very well done. The sadness and injustice she feels when she loses her best friend to cancer added to her growing love for Beck gave her character lots of emotional depth.
I’ve deliberately not written to much about what happens in the story because it’s really better kept a surprise and I’m trying to keep my reviews a spoiler free as possible.
Abby, I really enjoyed reading from her perspective. She has quite a feisty side to her and I liked how she pushed herself out of her comfort zone, from riding a triceratops to singing karaoke in a bar and although attributes most of her reckless to Beck I also think that is her zest to live how she wants to that also motivates her to do things she does.
“It was the feeling you get when you fall face first into bed after a long day. That’s what being near Beck felt like.” – Abby
Beck, I was intrigued by him the moment he was introduced in the beginning. Randomly hitting on a girl who is buying an urn will do that. I loved his character, I could probably write a list as long as my arm as to why, but I’ll narrow it down a bit. I liked how he didn’t push Abby into divulging information about herself, he let her tell him about herself and her condition at her own pace, he even went along with the phony reason she gave him about what she was buying and Urn for. He never questioned her randomness and embraced her strange behavior, he just accepted her for who she is and I felt that rather endearing. He honestly was another big thing for me, he is a pretty laid back and straight forward character.
“- Do you want to know why I followed you into that funeral parlor?
– You said you followed me on a whim.
– That´s the truth, but there´s more to it. I was parking at the gas station across the street and I saw you get out of your car. I didn´t think much of it until you pausen on your way inside the shop. You tilted your head toward the sun and closed your eyes, like a prisoner stepping outside after years of being locked away. It seemed so odd. No one just stops and appreciates life like that, but you did. I could see your smile from across the street and I couldn´t look away. I knew in that moment that I was completely uninterested in pursuing a life in which I didn´t cross that street and meet you.”
In conclusion, I really in enjoyed this book, the last few chapters were particularly awesome and finished off the story in a really uplifting feel a good way. If you enjoy emotionally charged coming of ageish stories then I urge you to read this book.
My rating: 5/5