Like most girls at Rosemound High School, seventeen-year-old Lily Crane is acutely aware of Ryder Kingscott. Hands down the cutest guy in school, Ryder is cool, mysterious, and utterly untouchable…especially for Lily. For when she touches someone, Lily instantly learns all about their lives. And while such a skill might seem nifty, in truth it is wrecking Lily’s life. So she is shocked when Ryder asks her out — and even more shocked to discover he has a rival. Lucian Bell is the gorgeous new kid who can’t take his eyes off of Lily. Being pursued by two hotties should make a girl happy, but Lily is skeptical. The boys act as if they’ve met before, hating each other with a passion that could only be rooted in a dark, dangerous past. A past full of terrible secrets. The kind of secrets that could get a girl killed.
My Thoughts: I started reading this book from another city. I read it in the car…in the restaurant..in the hotel…in the airplane (with the noisiest airplane mates I’ve ever experienced, I swear it was like a market up there! anyway)..and finished it at home. It was quite a journey. Judging from the book’s cute cover with a pink background and girlie cartoon, you wouldn’t assume it was a serious story.. BUT it was. I thought it was a light, romantic, chick lit read but get this, I was stunned to learn it was PNR, and a very serious one at that. The story. Let me tell you, it brought me all kinds of emotions and feelings: giddiness ( I say this and not “happy” because I was literally giggling ALL the time), embarrassment (the beginning part of the story) , love (well, obviously), hate (for some characters), confusion, hope, failure, sadness, heartaches (too much of it), and happiness. I was literally up and down on the roller coaster ride of feelings and such. I liked the prose of the book. The author used lots of metaphors and similes and explanations of phenomenons and happenings in almost every scene each chapter. Sometimes I thought there were more explanations and metaphors than the story telling itself, so it got boring. Also, most of the time the events tended to skip from one to another which confused me a lot and made me reread what I just read. Sometimes, it was the sentences were hard to understand..that’s just me. Anyway! At the beginning, it was very much exciting, started with a clean slate, a new story to read…the main lead Lily was cute and charming and shy, the partner, Ryder, was HOT and nice., too much to handle! I liked how they knew each other one year before anything happened to them (in short, i loved how Ryder waited). But then the start of all my frustrations began: there’s VERY complicated and hidden past between Lily and Ryder, which obviously we shouldn’t know yet because it’s still the beginning, and it must remain a MYSTERY. I hated the fact that Lily didn’t pester Ryder about it everyday, they just had one argument, I mean conversation on it, then “CASED CLOSED”. that’s it! that’s it? gosh!.. Everything went repetitive after a while (boring!) Then come a new guy, Lucian who added spice to the boiling stew! He was someone you can’t just ignore and put on the sidelines, NO, he just had to be part of the story. But once he was settled in, all the angry vibrations hanging in the air remain loose and basically nothing exciting happened. Then come in a new chapter where thankfully the climax of the story comes in…answers are slowly answered, more girl power showed, a bit of a guy fight (I admit I liked), then the history of everything, the sadness and unsolvable problem revealed..too much remorse and depression. BUT I have to say this, there’s a BIG BIG TWIST in the story. One that’s in the back of your head all the time but you chose to ignore, then when the revelation came, you say “ I KNEW that all along, you know”. So okay, that’s what I said. It was one BIG IRONY, and I love it! I miss these kinds of twists. The one you expected and know will happen but just kept your mouth shut, afraid you’re mistaken because it’s just too obvious..but you were right all along. anyway, bitterness aside I will continue. The ending was very satisfying, there was no other way but that ending. It was sad but happy. A bit of lability there, but it’s true. Epic Success! 🙂 Overall, the metaphors did a lot of depth to the book. The story was kinda unique but a lot of fun. 🙂