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"I can't change the stars for you; all I can do is love you. And I think that will be enough. You don't have to be alone anymore. You just need to let me in."
It took me to a very, very long journey with enough rollercoaster to last me a lifetime. But it was one amazing ride. WOW. That’s all I could say after finishing this book. I couldn’t speak. I couldn’t move. One thing for sure, I felt a great relief, it was like lifting several pounds of weight from my back.
"People aren’t perfect, Rosie. We make bad choices. We mess up. You don’t give up one someone just because there’s a little bad mixed in with the good. Friends are supposed to love each other, flaws and all."
I can’t say I finished this in one sitting, oh no. Because the first thing I noticed about this book is that it would be a very, very long read. I was wondering if it would drag, if it would bore me. If it would somehow make me give up reading it for a while, but no. If not for work and the need to sleep and eat, I would have finished this sooner. This is one book, no matter how long, you wouldn’t dare give up on. You see the growth of the characters, of relationships, and the death of some. You pin for the characters, wishing them ill, wishing them well, wishing for their heads to get out of their a**. You’d want to argue with them, to plead, to beg, to reconsider. You’d want to feel that ounce of hope amidst the desperation and hopelessness. You’d want to give up after several tries, but can’t, because you just have to give this one more try.
"I’m not the one who insisted this had to be all or nothing. I want you, all of you, but if you can’t handle that right now, I’m willing to compromise. That’s what relationship are all about."
I had a love-hate relationship with this book, but in the end, I decided to love this one. Because how can you not love the book that made you feel so much emotion, and gives you a reprieve in the end. It wasn’t an easy read, it didn’t make me cry. It was heavy that it took some time before my heart settled in the usual rhythm. This is a story about love, friendship, relationship, of betrayal, hope and second chances. Of believing in the power of love, and that somehow love can surpass everything and anything, that it can heal, it can endure and make everything a whole lot brighter. Of faith and redemption.
“I’m not giving up. I want all the black, the broken shreds of your heart, all your dreams, every scowl, every laugh, every touch, every tear, every breath. I want every last piece that you have left. And it will be enough. You are enough for me.”
There was a lot of anguish, a lot of frustration, a whole lot of feels in between the storyline, and it felt that it would last a lifetime before I can feel normal again. You’ll hate some characters enough to want them out of the book, and there are some that you will come to love from start to the end. And then there were some you’d love to hate, but can’t. Because they need more love from you rather than the hate you were so willing to give them.
"Eventually when you stop trying so hard to fight it, you’ll feel it too."
There are lots of things that you wouldn’t expect and a lot of things that would caught you off guard. This was one amazing book, and I urge you to read it. It may have some slow moments, but please don’t ever give up on reading because it gets better, it gets surprising, it gets amazing as you turn the pages.
"I love you because you loved me at my weakest, ugliest and most unlovable moments."
RATING: 5 Stars