Sometimes there’s no turning back.
Amber’s life is spinning out of control. All she wants is to turn up the volume on her iPod until all of the demands of her family and friends fade away. So she sneaks off to the beach to spend a day by herself.
Then Amber meets Cade. Their attraction is instant, and Amber can tell that he’s also looking for an escape. Together they decide to share a perfect day: no pasts, no fears, no regrets.
The more time that Amber spends with Cade, the more she’s drawn to him. And the more she’s troubled by his darkness. Because Cade’s not just living in the now–he’s living each moment like it’s his last.
I devoured this book in one sitting. I loved loved LOVED it. And that’s saying a lot since several scenes in this book contain stuff about fish. The characters ate fish, they went to an aquarium and looked at jelly fish, and they constantly talked about those creatures that live under the sea. If you know me, you know I have a strange, irrational fear of fish. Seriously, I have to close my eyes on Survivor whenever they catch fish. So it takes a strong narrative to make me willing to read past that!
And I’m so glad I did!
The mystery about him kept me turning pages, and with all the build up, I’m so happy the solution was not only satisfying, but perfect. I obviously don’t want to give anything away but I will say that to me, the perfect mystery hides all the clues in plain sight. They’re there, but as you read, you don’t even realize they’re clues until you get to the solution and look back and think—oh! How did I miss that?! This book handles that perfectly. The red herrings are enough to convince you and distract you from the stuff you should be looking for.
But of course, you can’t have a strong mystery without compelling characters. Cade. Oh Cade. Why isn’t he real? He’s such a great character: mysterious, selfless, adventurous, caring. And did I mention hot? I’m jealous Amber got to spend her perfect day with him. (Though I guess I did too by reading this book!)
I was also fully invested in Amber herself. I loved her decision to have one perfect day and I fully understood what she was going through, even if I have never been in the same situation myself. Her emotions were real and so were her wants and desires. I loved her quirks too: her love of P!nk and her talent for drumming something I haven’t seen very often in YA.
The writing in this book is gorgeous. Each word was carefully chosen by the Lisa. So much so that as I was reading, I was really impressed with the poetry for it all. This book is the entire package, wrapped in an eye-catching cover.
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