Published May 1st 2012 by Tribute Books
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Shawn is the guy Ronnie Bird promised her life to at the age of fourteen. He’s her soul mate. He’s more uptight every day, but it’s not his fault. His family life is stressful, and she’s adding to it. She just needs to be more understanding, and he’ll start to be the boy she fell in love with. She won’t give up on someone she’s loved for so long.
Luke is her best friend, and the guy she hangs with to watch girlie movies in her large blanketopias. He’s the guy she can confide in before she even goes to her girlfriends, and the guy who she’s playing opposite in Romeo and Juliet. Now her chest flutters every time he gets too close. This is new. Is Ronnie falling for him? Or is Juliet? The lines are getting blurry, but leaving one guy for another is not something that a girl like Ronnie does.
Shawn’s outbursts are starting to give her bruises, and Luke’s heart breaks as Ronnie remains torn. While her thoughts and feelings swirl around the lines between friendship and forever, she’s about to lose them both.
Wow! Oh Wow! This book had a lot more elements than I had been expecting! It was written beautifully and held a great way to ease the reader into the story! The flashbacks throughout Shawn, Luke and Ronnie’s childhood made a very important impact on the reader to actually see how the three friends had mingled with one another in their younger years.
Shawn and Ronnie together actually seemed kind of perfect, like a dream come true. You can tell that Ronnie has true love for Shawn and is willing to look past a lot to just be with him. In the end, I think it was a relationship more out of convenience and comfort rather than love for each other.
Luke on the other hand, was amazing:) I loved the way Ronnie would get the butterflies in her stomach and all flushed when she was near Luke. She had finally started realizing that there just might be more to their relationship besides just friendship. Luke is a truly one of a kind great guy. He pushed aside his feelings for Ronnie in order to keep her safe and did not push her into doing something she was not ready for.
Shawn had started out like a really great guy, but ended up being such a loser. The abuse that he had given towards Ronnie would have had me running for the hills, but I enjoyed the way the author kept Ronnie wanting to fix their relationship. Ronnie was written in a way that shows just what a battered woman goes through. The feeling of guilt as to why you had angered them, also, the feeling of how sorry they are for hurting you in the first place. It took a major blow up for Ronnie to finally realize that Shawn was no longer the boy she fell in love with.
I LOVED the ending and felt that it was kind of bitter sweet. Keep a watch out for this author! I have a feeling she will be giving us more great things in the future:)
Jolene grew up in Wasilla, Alaska. She graduated from Southern Utah University with a degree in political science and French, which she used to teach math to middle schoolers.
After living in Washington, Utah and Las Vegas, she now resides in Alaska with her husband, and two children. Aside from writing, Jolene sews, plays the guitar, sings when forced, and spends as much time outside as possible.
She is also the author of Night Sky and The Next Door Boys.
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