13 May 2014

Second Chance by Katie Kacvinsky - Book Review

Can two drastically different, imperfect people be perfect for each other?

It’s been four months since Gray and Dylan have seen each other. Dylan’s been traveling in Europe, while Gray has college, baseball, and a life rooted in one place. Gray’s determined to forget Dylan, the girl he fell in love with in First Comes Love. Besides, how do you make a relationship work with an independent loner?

Just when he decides he’s over her, Dylan makes an unexpected entrance back into his life, hoping their steamy romance can start right where it left off. Gray realizes you can tell your mind to do one thing, but you can’t always convince your heart to follow. Dylan realizes she finally has to make a choice between freedom and her relationship with Gray.

Hilarious, intense, inspiring, and emotional, Second Chance shows that love is a journey, and there are never clear road signs or maps to guide you along. You can only navigate with your heart.
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“Falling in love with you is like jumping out of an airplane with no parachute. It’s fun as hell, a rush of adrenaline, until the inevitable crash comes where you leave and my heart splatters all over the ground. “

The characters already had me hooked in book 1, and now, Dylan and Gray are back again. One thing I didn’t expect though – is for this book to break my heart.

He let her go, afraid that she might hate him in the end if he forced her to stay. Dylan was a free-spirit kind of girl, and travelling was perfect for her. Yet, four months later he had not seen her, no phone calls, no letters, only some random post cards as if they didn’t share something special then. He finally decided that it was time to move on. She was travelling in Europe and Gray has college, baseball, and he’s fine where he is. He has friends, he has life. It was time to start anew. He will forget her. He will find someone else. Until she decided to come back into his life.

It took one sentence for her to decide that it was time to come home.
“So if you’re lucky enough to find love, why are you passing it up?”
What she didn’t expect was a cold welcome and an angry Gray. She was hoping of a more welcoming Gray. She had been travelling for hours, she would have loved his arms to go around her, instead he was frowning, as if he couldn’t get away from her faster. She tries to go back into his life again, being Dylan, she can find ways when no one else can. She found new friends, and settled. It wasn’t Dylan to settle. It was a surprise for me too! Day by day, she creeps back into his heart until Gray can no longer deny his feelings for her.

Although Gray loved it that she stayed, he noticed the spark was missing in her eyes. She was there with him, but she was changing right before him, and it wasn’t the Dylan he fell in love with. So he makes the biggest decision in his life, and no matter how much it broke him, or how much it would hurt the both of them – he just have to do it.

These two aren’t as predictable as I thought they were. You can expect some things, but most of it all, you just can’t. And just like me, you’d be holding your breath, waiting for their next move, waiting for that final page where Katie would decide what to do with them. This time, she chose to break my heart. Argh. How can two people who are way different, be perfect for each other and yet the timing is always worse? Can’t they just be together?

Second Chances is not your typical love story. This book made me believe in fate. Made me believe that love is indeed a journey, and no matter how lost you may be, fate will always lead you back and make everything right. There is always a reason for everything. We may not understand it at first, but everything will just work out at the end. How? I simply don’t have any idea. But despite the ending, Dylan once said, she was going to marry Gray. And I’m holding her to it!

“Love always finds you, no matter how hard you try to avoid it. It knows your hiding places. It’s smarter than you’ll ever be. And love is patient. It waits. Sometimes it waits until you give up. Just to prove you wrong. “

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