|"I’m not one for giving out 5 stars all willy-nilly. I am deadly serious about my 5 star rating and have
only given out two so far this year. Pretend you can see my serious face. Okay? Well, I am giving my
third 5 star rating for this incredible and surprising novel by a new favorite author, Laurel Osterkamp.
|This story was so unexpected. I thought it was going to be light and fluffy, which is totally a good
thing, but it was dark and serious, an even better thing in the right circumstances. These were the right
|These characters and their issues were so… I don’t even know… wild? Intense? Fascinating? Yes, let’s
go with fascinating. I was sucked into their stories from the very first page in which Melody is nearly
raped then rescued by Nate. For me, Melody was a difficult character, in that she was a total jerk and a
master manipulator, and I didn’t like her, yet, my heart went out for her… sometimes. Even though I
didn’t like her, I was captivated by her nonsense, total disregard for other people, and sense of
|Sam was also frustrating in the sense that she has no idea what she wants, acts on total impulse, and
lacks ambition. But I liked her. She was a good person and I felt a lot of sympathy for her. Her chapters
are interesting because they flash a lot from past to present so that we end up getting the back story
on her and her ex, Collin, while also seeing her present life with Nate.
What’s funny is that while I was reading Melody’s chapters, I couldn’t wait to get back to Sam’s story,
and when I was reading Sam’s chapters, I couldn’t wait to get back to Melody’s story. That’s how great
this book was; I was totally captivated by both characters and raced through the pages to get to the
|Not only was the story line SO. GOOD. The writing was, too. Laurel writes in a slow, subtle, quiet way.
It’s hard to explain, but it’s excellent and realistic, from both viewpoints.
I loved this book and I am now dying to read Laurel’s first novel, Following My Toes.
|Don’t let the female protags scare you off if you’re not into women’s lit or chick lit. In fact, I would say
this book is not chick lit. This book has wide appeal, and is a great read for all fans of contemporary
fiction and drama. I highly recommend it. Read it now, please and thank you.
My Rating: 5/5"
|stephthebookworm.com, june 24, 2011