Title: Something in the Way (Something in the Way #1)
Author: Jessica Hawkins 
Genres: Romance
Release Day: February 25th 2017
ARC was kindly provided from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

It was a hot summer day when I met him on the construction site next to my parents’ house. Under the sweat and dirt, Manning Sutter was as handsome as the sun was bright. He was older, darker, experienced. I wore a smiley-face t-shirt and had never even been kissed. Yet we saw something in each other that would link us in ways that couldn’t be broken…no matter how hard we tried.

I loved Manning before I knew the meaning of the word. I was too young, he said. I would wait. Through all the carefully-chosen words hiding what we knew to be true, through his struggle to keep me innocent, and through infinitely-starry nights—I would wait. But I’d learn that life isn’t always fair. That no matter how much you achieve, none of it matters if you suffer the heartbreak that comes with falling for someone you can never have. Because even though I saw Manning first, that didn’t matter. My older sister saw him next.

4 stars! 

Something in the Way is a book I’ve been looking for, for ages. Literally speaking, I must have read a preview of the book somewhere, maybe in one of the author’s previous books or a newsletter because I knew the first couple of chapters almost by heart and the moment it clicked in my head… I almost cried.

I loved Manning before I knew the meaning of the word.

Lake, like the body of water, met Manning on a seemingly random day that would truly define the rest of her life. Her father, obsessed with her education as her older sister has failed in every way possible to live up to his standards, is keeping a close eye to her summer reading list and on her way back home and still trying to push herself to read a book she doesn’t find interesting, she meets Manning. He is slightly older, works on the construction site next to her parents, they share a brief moment and Lake is immediately transfixed. 

The next one to see him though, is her older sister Tiffany. CAN YOU SEE WHERE THIS IS GOING BECAUSE OMG WHY BOOK WHY??? Tiffany is an extrovert and she doesn’t hesitate to attach herself to Manning and leave very little room for Lake. To be honest I didn’t like Tiffany, at all, and I think I will hate her in future books. Lake is the good daughter who is studying hard even if she’s feeling the pressure her dad is putting on her but at the same time she’s her own person. There’s a lot to be said about the family dynamics and how Lake and Tiffany interact with their parents. That’s until Manning comes around.

Lake and Manning, from their first scene together seem to click, but this is not an insta-love. Not at all. Manning and Lake have a silent understanding, it’s almost as if the things they are not saying matter more than what they end up saying, it’s very fascinating when they interact with each other.

I don’t want to spoil the story or not do it justice, this definitely was an intense slow burn book that surprisingly had little romance (for a romance book) but a lot of stuff that’s left unsaid and it made the story every more real and heartbreaking, as a reader I couldn’t stop reading and I just knew it would hurt so good in the end and I was right. This book will make you FEEL ALL THE FEELS and it’s just the first of three IMNOTREADYFORWHATSTOCOME.

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