Read: 5 November 2013
Why: Copy received in exchange for honest review
Rating: 4.5 stars
Brief synopsis: When Maddie shoved everything she owned into the trunk of her car and set off to an unknown destination, she was hoping to escape the memories of the past three years.
But the past never stays past, and all too soon, Maddie realises she can’t hide from hers. If she can’t put the pieces of her shattered life together this time, she’ll have no hope for a future.
A future she desperately wants.
What I thought: This book was not at all what I expected… it was so much better! It is a wonderful story that really tugs at your heartstrings.
The book is packed full of fabulous characters; Sam and the girls that love to jam whilst wearing their mall bling; sweet little Noie and her hunky single-dad Gabe; young at heart Grandma Evelyn providing sex ed to the cafe customers and last, but certainly not least, Maddie. Right from the start you can’t help but like Maddie, and as her tragic past is revealed, those feelings are well and truly cemented.
There’s an unexpected twist to the story, and whilst I can’t say that is something I’ve ever really believed in, the story is told in such a compelling way you feel like it couldn’t possibly not be true. The beautiful ending is just perfect and gives you a moment to take a heart breath of your own.
“‘You need to stop treating your heart like it is a safe box, Maddie,’ she said. ‘You need to treat your heart like it is your lungs. It needs to breathe. It needs to keep on opening itself up, over and over and over. You can’t live without your heart breathing.'”