Category: Contemporary Romance, Young Adult Romance
Tags: High School, Teacher, Musician
Published May 2014
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This book had been on my TBR list for so long and I finally got around to reading it!
I’ll say that this book is signature Cherry: fantastic writing, a heart-tugging story and a romance that makes you sad as well as hopeful.
We first meet Ashlyn at one of the lowest times in her life – at the funeral of her twin sister. She’s struggling with this extreme loss and then learns that she has to uproot and move to Wisconsin with her estranged father to finish off her senior year.
Struggling to find her footing, she stumbles into a bar one night and falls for the music of a band, and one sexy guitarist.
His voice and his lyrics soothe her aching heart and their connection is instant. Perhaps her heart can feel again, but it’s not that simple.
Days later on the first day at her new school, she comes face to face with her new teacher- the sexy musician she already fell for.
Oh, the taboo! This is a teacher-student romance, but given that Ashlyn is 19 and Daniel is 22, I didn’t find it salacious.
I loved the beginning of this novel so much.
You meet these two characters at a time of great loss for both. They are struggling to find a rudder amidst the heartache and they instantly find it in each other.
I even loved how they bonded over their love of books and reading, particularly Shakespeare.
While I loved the beginning, the remainder of the book just seemed to carry on while I was waiting for the other shoe to drop.
I enjoyed the side story lines of her pseudo-step siblings, Ryan and Hailey however they seemed incomplete and just fodder for more heartache.
Overall, I think this is a good book and extremely well written but I think it would have been great with more depth to each storyline that was presented. More background to Daniel, his family and his relationships with his parents and brother and best friend. More to Ryan’s struggle and even more to Ashlyn’s parents.
Loss and grief is a huge part of this story, and I could absolutely feel Ashlyn’s devastation but the story just made me feel sad and then sadder still.
What we do get is A LOT of crying. I mean A LOT. I get it. I can’t imagine everything that Ashlyn is feeling but I admit that the crying got old.
So, would I recommend reading it? Yes, I would.
It’s refreshing to find a high school romance that is realistic in its portrayal of bullying and the difficulties of the age.
Ryan’s self-reflections on the difficulty of this time period in life was so spot on. I honestly found his character to be the most captivating of the story!
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