A rule-breaker with a fiery attitude, Ella always wore her heart on her sleeve. Then she left everything behind to go to college, where she transformed into someone who follows the rules, keeps everything together, and hides all her problems. Now it’s summer break and she has nowhere else to go but home. But once there, Ella fears that everything she’s worked so hard to bury might resurface-especially with Micha living right next door.
Smart, sexy, and confident, Micha can get under Ella’s skin like no one else. He knows everything about her, including her darkest secrets. If he tries to tempt the old Ella to return, he will be impossible to resist. But what Ella doesn’t realize is that when she left, she took a piece of Micha’s heart with her. Now he’s determined to win back the girl he lost, no matter what it takes.
I feel like after reading maybe 5 or 6 New Adult books I can honestly say I like the genre and this book… this book, guys, this book. It’s been a few days since I finished and I cannot stop thinking about it! Thing is, I knew this would be a Jennifer Book. Lifelong BFFs turn lovers? It’s one of my Things. There aren’t many books about that specifically, but regardless.
We have Ella who is trying to change herself. She was a hot-headed loud mouth and totally my kind of girl in high school. But then she disappeared to college and is now coming back home for the summer as a good, sweet perfect girl who never loses her temper. Then we have Micha who hasn’t seen his best friend and neighbor in 8 months, but as soon as he sees New Ella is on a mission to crack her and get Old Ella back.
Okay, how does this not sound awesome?!
So, it’s not just a romance. (What?!) This is a book about identity. Both Ella and Micha struggle with defining themselves against where they came from and even they both tried to hide or run from it, they both end back in Star Grove. I’ve read books with a similar theme and a lot of them turn to either be not enough or overwrought and this book balances that thin line of just right. I’d recommend this over a lot of dual POV contemporaries I’ve read recently (which has been an insane about).
It’s not often I mention setting outside of some truly exotic foreign location, but I loved loved loved the setting and the writing surrounding the setting. The little crappy hick town and all of its people, both good and bad. There was a perfect flavor to the town that somehow made it standard, but not stereotypical, if that makes any sense.
So I finished this book and was all happy with life and re-reading my favorites parts at will until I was perusing Goodreads at an hour I should have been sleeping during, only to find there’s going to be a sequel that has no release date? I literally shouted ‘NO! WHY DO YOU WANT TO RUIN MY LIFE?!’ to my cat who glared at me for waking her up (really, you’d think she’d be used to this by now…). It’s that situation where I’d love a sequel, but then stress out that All of the Perfect Things are going to be messed up and I will be a ruined human being for all eternity. But then there is a slated third one for Lila and Ethan and my reaction is HOLY CRAP YES for that. No way that can’t be awesome.
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