Addison Snow is your typical teenager. She has a family that loves her, friends that make her laugh, and she’s wrapped up in the excitement of graduating high school and going off to college to pursue her dream of becoming an author. When her mother, who also happens to be Addison’s best friend, dies unexpectedly, her world comes to a crashing halt.
Death changes everyone…
To make the pain go away, Addison and her father travel down separate, dark paths. She chooses to end her grief forever, while he drowns his sorrows in the bottom of a bottle. How do you learn to live again when the most important person in your life is gone?
Addison struggles to pick up the pieces of her life. Instead of getting back to being the carefree teenager she once was, she’s stuck handling all of the responsibilities that should have been her father’s. She has no time to grieve, no time for emotions, and no time for happiness…until Zander Reinhardt walks in. All it takes is one little handwritten note on a napkin to kick-start her back to life and help her realize that maybe there’s more to that life than pain.
But can it really be that simple? Can she really trust this man who makes her feel alive again for the first time in a year?
This was such an emotional read, a book about hurt, grief, pain, loss, desperation, family, love, friendship strength and courage.
I could pick so many quotes in this book that just blew me away but the one that really got to me was when Zander was talking to Addison while building the Lego house.
“And if something doesn’t fit, if one of your pieces just isn’t working, you can put it aside and find another one. There are so many pieces to work with that you don’t have to try and force one in where it doesn’t belong. You may not need that piece right now, and it may not be helping you right at this moment, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t important and won’t fit somewhere else down the line when you need it more.”
All this book is told from Addison’s POV which was totally brilliant, but i really wanted some of Zanders POV especially as the story started to unfold more and you realize Zander’s involvement. I loved Zander he was really Addison’s rock and i wanted more from him. I fell for him fast with the whole napkin letters, he just blew me away with his sweetness and kindness.
I am so glad that Addison found the right person to help her forget and overcome her difficult problems, that she found Zander and his playful ways to comfort her in the most difficult times of her life, then went after her dreams and didnt just stick to her mom’s dreams.
I was so engrossed, so drawn into the story and the emotions running through i didnt notice i had sat in one place until i reached the last page, this book consumes you.
Stunning piece of writing with a serious subject matter to read but done so very well.