“You should have the world. Fuck the world – you should have the universe, the sky, and evey star in it.”
This book killed me. It’s that simple. Going in I didn’t know where the story would lead but I was pretty sure a lot of feels would be involved. For those of you who haven’t read the first book or my review of it, then skip this one because I can’t review without including spoilers. I HAVE A LOT OF WORDS PEOPLE. And I simply didn’t rate it with 5 stars because I hate Tiffany, there I said it. I hate her and I’m not sorry.
The story begins in prison, Manning is locked up and he’s not having the best time mostly due to his dad which I’m not going to get into a lot of details about but HOLYFUCK. We get more details on his life and some of these stuff were just repulsive. I felt for Manning, being in jail and having all these issues on top of that. Tiffany plays – of course – a huge role in his life as she’s the one to visit him in prison and take care of things on the outside while he was inside which I thought was nice of her but then we got to read her thought on it and I’m wondering if there’s a limit to how much I can hate a fictional character. Tiffany, girl you need to chill.
Lake is Lake. Beating herself up for Manning being in prison and trying to sort of but not really move on.
“My love for him spanned the ocean, the sky over our heads, an infinite universe of stars.”
Eventually Manning gets out and that’s where the fun part begins. Not. At. All. If deeply angsty books are your thing then this is it, this is the book that will make you feel all the things. But mostly anger and angst and just really dark stuff. Manning fresh out of prison moves in with Tiffany BECAUSE WHERE ELSE IS HE SUPPOSED TO GO BOOK where and they start being a couple. While Lake and myself are dead and gone and not in any case able to deal with this new situation. Thanks a lot book.
I get where Manning is coming from though. He’s an ex-con that’s not allowed to leave and has to do things by the book so it’s not like he can run away with Lake and live happily ever after WHY AM I READING THIS AGAIN. And he feels guilty that Tiffany and her dad helped him. But Lake is everything to him and yet from the moment they met, nothing has been on their side, Hawkins beautifully put just the right obstacles in their life to create this heartbreaking love story that seems to be heading straight for the final blow. IMNOTREADYFORTHEFINALBLOW
“She was everything I wanted and nothing I could ever have.”
There’s a scene towards the end of the book with Manning and Lake that literally had me in buckets of tears, like I needed to hydrate myself, that was the single most heartbreaking but at the same time absolutely epic scene of all time AND I DIED HERE ALONE WITH MY TEARS WHY. I don’t know what the final book will be like but I’m prepared for TONS OF HEARTBREAK AND PURE TEARS. If this ends in a HEA then DRINKS ON ME PEOPLE. If not, I don’t know how I’ll be able to handle it but you know what, once in a while there comes a book that’s too painful to read and this is one of those books, romance done right with real life situations that prevent them from being happy. It’s not for everyone but it’s done so flawlessly, it’s literally calling you to read it and be heartbroken. Fingers crossed the next one doesn’t send me to therapy.