Paperback edition: 248 pages
Rating: 4.5 stars
Synopsis: Addison Snow is your typical teenager. She has a family that loves her, friends that make her laugh, and she's wrapped up in the excitement of graduating high school and going off to college to pursue her dream of becoming an author. When her mother, who also happens to be Addison's best friend, dies unexpectedly, her world comes to a crashing halt.
Death changes everyone...
To make the pain go away, Addison and her father travel down separate, dark paths. She chooses to end her grief forever, while he drowns his sorrows in the bottom of a bottle. How do you learn to live again when the most important person in your life is gone?
Addison struggles to pick up the pieces of her life. Instead of getting back to being the carefree teenager she once was, she's stuck handling all of the responsibilities that should have been her father's. She has no time to grieve, no time for emotions, and no time for happiness...until Zander Reinhardt walks in. All it takes is one little handwritten note on a napkin to kick-start her back to life and help her realize that maybe there's more to that life than pain.
But can it really be that simple? Can she really trust this man who makes her feel alive again for the first time in a year?
Addison and Zander both have secrets they aren't ready to share. When the truth finally comes out, is it enough to tear them apart or has something bigger than themselves always been watching over them, pushing them together, making sure they both get their happily ever after?
Favourite quote: "You can still pick up the pieces, Sugar. They fell apart for a little while, but it doesn't mean anything is damaged. Everything can be fixed. And you don't have to fix it alone. There's always someone who will help you rebuild."
WOW! I was not expecting this book at all! It was an emotional read that completely broke me! I was in tears! I didn't know whether to cry at the beginning, the middle or the end! It was absolutely heart-breaking! The plot had me gripped right from the start! It was about a girl trying to come to terms with her mother's death and about her learning how to move on and focus on what she had in front of her! I do have to admit that the bit with the therapist did leave me a bit confused! I don't think the book told us who she actually was and I was excepting the author to tell us! That's the only complaint I can make though lol! The plot really was a heart-breaking read! If you can read this book and not cry then woah! I was completely blown away by it and I may or may not have sat in tears for about an hour at it! The characters were absolutely amazing! Addison was the main character and she was such a broken character! It sort of felt to me that she wanted to break out of the shell that she had created around herself, but she didn't know how! She was trying to deal with her mother's death and she felt that if she did leave her shell then she would lose all the memories of her! My heart completely broke for Addison! She held it all together when all she really needed was for someone to tell her she was going to be okay and she was going to come to terms with her mother's death! Zander was the guy who came along and gave Addison a new outlook on life! I admired him so much for that! He basically saved Addison from retreating further into her shell! He showed her that there is so much more to life and he showed her that even the strongest can break! I do have to admit that I would have loved this book to have been a bit longer so that maybe more Addison and Zander scenes could have been in the book! I felt it was maybe a bit rushed and I would have loved it if the book had been longer so that their relationship could have blossomed a bit slower! This book is definitely a standalone! No doubt about it! The characters and the plot had changed so much at the end and everything was just full resolved! The cover is so beautiful! It's actually what drew me to the book! It suits the book so much as well!