Published on: July 23rd 2013
Published by: Self Published
Genre: YA Romance
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Jessica Harper is the epitome of perfection. She’s a good daughter, makes excellent grades, and always strays on the safe side of life. The last thing she thought would ever happen was falling in love with her best friend’s brother. But sometimes fate just has a way of bringing two people together.
Wide receiver for the University of Arizona, Gabe Garcia, seems to have it all. When his feelings for Jessica come to surface, Gabe will give up everything to be with her.
But what happens when a tragedy abruptly changes the course of your life? For Jessica and Gabe, everything they thought they knew about each other will be questioned. Sometimes, there are scars in life that are cut too deep to completely heal.
Will their love prove to be unbreakable, or will it shatter and prove fate is just another lie?
After reading the description for this book I was expecting a cutesy love story with some obstacles that the couple were going to have to overcome. What I got was the love story I was hoping for, but a tragedy so shocking that even though I knew it was coming, I was nowhere near ready for it when it happened. This book took me on an emotional roller coaster, and left me a speechless, emotionally unstable mess, wishing the book could go on forever!
“Never be afraid to feel. It’s the only way to really live. If you don’t feel, there is no way you can love, heal, or forgive. You’ll never move forward or get past this.“
This book feels like two stories. It starts very much ‘boy next door’ with a really sweet love story. You can’t help but fall in love with Jess and Gabe, I very much felt like the third wheel in their relationship as I immersed myself in their story. Once they confess their feelings for each other their relationship happens and grows very quickly, but it doesn’t feel fake, as they have this whole past of growing up together and being in love with each other before they even get together, so I feel that their relationship was completely realistic.
“I will love you every day for the rest of my life; never forget that.”
Then the tragedy happens, and well, it’s tragic. I’m going to try and not say much, because I’m really scared of giving something away, but for me I knew it could only be one of a couple of things. And I was right, but the aftermath of the tragedy and the way it was written was completely unexpected for me, and I think it was the power of the writing after the tragedy that completely broke my heart, as I had to see this once carefree young couple struggle with how to cope with this horror they are being put through.
“Don’t go,” I whisper, “love me enough to stay.”
I really love that this book is written from both Jess and Gabe’s points of view as you are able to get a greater understanding of how each of them thinking and feeling about the other, both before and after the tragic event happens. There is also a third characters point of view that is introduced further in to the book. In most of the reviews I have read about this book, everyone starts off hating him, but eventually warms to him a little bit as they see the need for him in the story, and the part he plays in helping to heal the scars.
“I can’t remember a time when I haven’t loved you. You have been a part of my life for over fourteen years. When you were younger, it was a different kind of love, but now, it’s the kind of love that won’t let me breathe if you’re not with me. It’s the kind of love that makes me not want to live if I can’t be with you”
I really like the whole family situation in this book. Jess is basically adopted by the family next door and lives there most of the time whilst her dad is working. She calls the Garcia parents Mum and Dad, and the whole family treats her as the daughter/sister she becomes. Jess’s relationship with her dad is strange but loving, and when she really needs him, her dad becomes exactly who she needs him to be.
“We will get through this, together. You and I. Nothing will break us, ever. Not this. Do you hear me, Jess? Nothing. We’re Unbreakable.“
This is a book that you are going to love but at the same time absolutely hate.
Why you will hate it: You are going to get sad, then angry, and you will find yourself talking to your book sobbing WHY?! WHY DID YOU DO THIS?! As much as I was like this, I found myself impressed at the strength it must have taken Rebecca Shea to put her characters through this.
Why you will love it: It’s one of those stories that is going to last with you for a very long time. You will find you self day dreaming about it, and when you come to your eyes will red and a little bit wet, tears threatening to spill. That is how powerful this story is, and that is why I love it and I highly recommend you read it.
I would recommend this book to fans of: YA Contemporary, realistic fiction, healing romances, stories about characters who go through tough times