After surviving a devastating car accident that took her father's life, Bryn Woods feels like she has nothing left in her hometown of Savannah, GA. Along with losing her father, her boyfriend, Tyler, unexpectedly leaves town the same time of the accident. Feeling alone, broken and confused, Bryn leaves Savannah for college in New York City to escape her heartbreak.
Four years later, Bryn returns to Savannah to live in her childhood home. Slowly, she begins to let the people of her past back into her life. She lets the protective walls she's built to protect herself crash down around her. As she begins to find love again with Tyler, secrets start to unravel themselves about his past. Tyler has secrets of his own. Secrets connected to the death of Bryn's father. Secrets Tyler didn't even know he kept.
I found the reunion between Bryn and Tyler completely ridiculous. I was outraged that Tyler walked up to her in the movie store and started talking to her like nothing had happened between them. Like he didn't just up and leave her 4 years prior with little explanation. And I hated that she let him and his sister Charlotte back into her life so easily like none of it mattered. There were no consequences, no character growth really. Just a story to pass the time.
I felt disconnected to the characters. A lot of the side cast were two-dimensional in my opinion, not really bringing anything to the table except to act as page fillers. These characters weren't real to me...just faceless names. Many of the same elements found in Twilight were very apparent in this story. Boy leaves girl without so much as a word. Boy comes back, and girl easily falls back into his arms and carries on like nothing happened. (ie: New Moon).
Added 7/31/13: The author contacted me via twitter stating that this book was never a Twilight fanfic, and that it was just a rumor. So I have removed such from my review. She also asked that I warn my readers that there is a SPOILER ahead. I didn't see it as such, but I have placed it in Yellow. You can highlight the yellow portion to better read that part of the review if you wish.
-Spoiler- I did like the twist about Bryn's father being an organ donor and liked how that came into play towards the end, but I didn't like how Bryn handled the situation. She got mad and upset...but then suddenly she was okay with it. Her reactions were just really hot and cold throughout the whole story. -End Spoiler-
There was a lot of telling us readers how we should feel throughout the book, but no showing. Also a lot of the sentense structure needed some work in my opinion. I know that no one is perfect- I'm certainly not- but there were also many instances that the author seemed adverse to using contractions. The characters seemed overly formal and stiff in dialogue that seemed unnattural. Normal, modern people don't speak that way.
It was an okay read. It took me a few days to muddle through it. And though the author makes sure to give readers a happily ever after, I didn't fall in love with this one.