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on Jan. 18, 2013 :
This book touched me in so many ways, I had to stop and ponder on things I didn't want to ponder on. It hit a little too close to home for me, but more importantly...it made me "feel." It gave me "hope." Aside from the personal identifications and connections I felt, I must say that this book is a beautifully written and heartfelt story with exceptional characters and plot.
There's no other feeling like the fear of loss so deeply that it can shatter your every being, and this is what Alex experiences...pure fear of losing someone she loves. The more I read of this book, the more I connected and identified with Alex, especially when it pertained to Derek. Everything written about Derek had me so torn up and in tears filled with memories. And then that happens. The familiarity of it. The emotion in it. The hope it garners. I felt so deeply...deeper than before in my reading. I had such a lump in my throat, but received such hope from this book as I realize that I have been running on empty, myself. I love everything about this book. The sad and grieving memories it brought me, because those memories reminded me of happier memories. The sobs and lump in my throat. The stabbing pain in my heart. The squees, smiles, laughter, and tears of joy that ensued. And the hope that showered me in the end. I simply "felt" it all. This is an exceptional debut from L.B. Simmons that I will take with me for a long time to come, and I feel will be the catalyst of my book hangover for a while.
I realize this is a short review and not to par with other reviews I have done, but I don't think I have ever spent days trying to piece together my raw emotions prior to writing a review before, only to come up with empty words that cannot do a book justice. There are so many positive things that I want to say about this book, yet my feelings over ride my vocabulary and I can only surmise with...Well done, Mrs. Simmons. Well done.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)