This book possesses what I love and hate in a book, and yet the stuff that will normally had me gritting my teeth or pulling my hair, I just easily bypassed it because the author made it worked. This book also shows that bad boys aren’t already a lost cause. Their types do not necessarily synonymous with douchebaggery. Sometimes they are just misunderstood.
I love, love the two main characters of this book. Let’s start with Lucy, there’s no hold bars when it comes to her. She speaks her mind and she done it with wit. I love her sarcasm, she always has a witty, sardonic comeback. She got balls, she has personality, not those bland, cookie cutter type but something all on her own. She is Lucy, period. No question mark, no added punctuation marks just to emphasize who she is. It also added to her wonderful crafted character that unlike other girls I’ve encountered she knows what she’s doing, she knows her flaws, she is aware of her imperfections. She’s not delusional, reality withdrawn when it comes to the guy she loves. She knows when to let go and knows when to fight. I love that part of their relationship. I love how she handles herself. She’s not perfect but it’s not cliché ones that I’ve read before. I know why she is like that. The book made me understood and that’s one of good thing I saw in her.
“I learned I’m not the piece of shit everyone likes to believe I am. The piece of shit I believed I was,”
— Jude Ryder
For the boy, oh man, I’m not swooning here but I love Jude. I’m not snatching him from Lucy. I want them together. I loved that finally an author steer away from the conventional ‘bad boy’ from the books I’ve read recently. Jude was a bad boy but he isn’t shallow. I felt that sincerity—authenticity of his character. He is what he is because of the circumstances that molded him (and were those twisted circumstances!). And just like Lucy this guy is nowhere perfect. Why am I not swooning? Because there were times that made me mad at him. But there were moments that I want to console him. My feelings for this guy are all over the place. But one thing’s for sure when he speaks from the heart it went directly to mine as well. He is just too real for me (he was a bad boy because that’s how he coped with what happened to him and not because he was plainly, insignificantly written as a bad boy).
I loved the twist and turns happened in the book. I honestly didn’t see it coming. How their past connected them in an ugly way and how it almost ripped them apart. But I’m glad there’s atonement happened in the story.
“Caring for someone is scary because you both know how it feels to lose someone in the span of a heartbeat. But you can’t let fear dictate your life or else you’ll end up like me. Don’t live life hiding behind your past, live for right now. When you find someone you want to spend forever with, you don’t let them go, whether forever turns out to be a day or a year or a hundred years.”
— Wyatt Larson
I really liked the heart-to-heart talk of Lucy and her father. There is so much in the conversation that stuck to me. Wise words that I could personally implement on myself. See, parents are not always a nuisance to your romantic escapades; they sometimes gave you insights of things you don’t see for yourself.
But the story isn’t all original but regardless of the banal things I saw, I didn’t see less of the story. I still have complaints, yes, but I felt giving a spotlight more to the things I loved the most in the book than complaining what didn’t work for me. Things that could make you consider reading this one, too.