This is one of those times I’m so glad I didn’t read the blurb for this book before I jumped right on in. Otherwise, I would have psyched myself out of reading it now, waiting for the right time to be in the mood for it. And honestly now would not have been that time, because man we are busy. Like stupid, crazy busy. And I probably didn’t do the book the justice that it deserves of my full attention on the pages, but the story was gripping enough that even though I put it down so frequently I still couldn’t get the characters out of my head.

 

The first thing of note, that I wasn’t expecting, is that the whole book is told in Jonah’s point of view. Which was simply perfect for showing everything that Eleanor was going through from the outside. And this who book was a really scary look at how everyone deals with the tragedies that can occur in life while not actually delving too deeply into the actual tragedy. I really felt like I was on the outside looking in on Jonah who was looking in on Eleanor and it made it bearable.

 

The love story between Jonah and Eleanor was really sweet and despite the outside drama really simple. Jonah had been crushing on Eleanor from across the street for years. And he was such a beautiful soul, with the nicest family. I just want to steal his grandpa for my own. Everything about Jonah was adorable and having gone through his own share of tragedy and still being in the process of dealing with it made him the perfect person to help guide Eleanor through her circumstances.

 

The epilogue gave me a whole heaping of hope for the future of these two and having it told in Eleanor’s point of view reinforced that her feelings were as pure and solid as Jonah’s had been proven to be the whole way through the book. So even though I read this at a less than perfect time, I’m so glad I read it when I did. I think I needed it as much as Eleanor needed Jonah to pull me out of my drama and give me something positive and beautiful to focus on. Thank you.

 

 

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