I don't think that I was fully prepared for the outrageous roller coaster ride of emotions that this book provided me. It was insane! I suppose that I shouldn't have expected anything less after reading Brown's Darkness series, Collector series, and Lightness Saga. Those series blew me away and this book did just the same! This book may be a different genre, but the writing and the storytelling were just an incredible. This book has an all-consuming, emotional plot. Like, drama central. This book will give you whiplash and you will thank it for the trouble. I literally could not put this book down for a second. I was so into the story and all of the plot twists were exciting and shocking. Some of them I had guessed ahead of time, but they were still extremely well plotted. This book has a typical high school setting so the world building in pretty bare bones. The details contained in the book were sufficient to help me visualize the story. I didn't have trouble putting anything together in my mind. The characters and the plot are the leading factors in this story. The characters have so much depth. These characters are real. They have flaws and they can think for themselves. They don't fall into a mold like a lot of young adult books tend to have. I loved the struggles that the characters had to face and how they were able to grow as a result of them. I loved how addicting these characters were and how likable. I loved how these characters are not black and white. There is a lot of gray area. The romance was amazing! I was rooting for Jaymerson and Hunter the whole time. Even through their struggles. The romance was written very well. You could feel the love radiating off of these characters through the pages. I loved that things were not easy for these characters where the romance was concerned. There were so many obstacles that they had to face that made their love stronger and meaningful. If anything bad happens to their love in the next book then I will riot! Overall, this was a splendid, emotional romance that is really set apart from a lot of young adult contemporary that I have read. This love story isn't shiny or bubbly. It is raw, messy, and real. Life happens. Real life. Real love. If you are a fan of emotional contemporary young adult fiction then you've found your next read! And you won't be disappointed.
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I don’t even know where to start. This is not a light-hearted fluff book, so be prepared to laugh, cry, feel your heart break, and hope. Shattered Love is told from Jaymerson’s POV. Jaymerson has been dating HS football star Colton for nearly a year. She is a popular cheerleader, gets good grades, and a devoted, good-girl daughter. Hunter is Colton’s bad boy identical twin who Jayme happens to loathe. What happens when all 3 are in a car accident and Colton is killed? This story takes Jaymerson through the journey of learning to cope with grief, learning who her real friends are, and finding herself. While she hates Hunter and always has, you watch how they start to come together since they both get know what it is like to lose your best friend, someone you love. This book is so well written and you go through all the emotions. The characters are well developed and my heart repeatedly broke for both Jayme and Hunter. Jaymerson is a strong character and you see what it is like for her to live in a town where football rules and high school is full of the typical cliques. It it is an emotional journey and at times I was crying. Jayme learns that perhaps Hunter is not always the bad boy that he portrays himself to be and that Colton wasn’t always the golden twin. There are twists and turns that keep you guessing as to what Hunter is hiding. I don’t always like books that can be geared towards YA, but this one really kept me engaged. So much so that I stayed up half the night to read it. This book doesn’t end on a cliffhanger, but it is book 1 of a duet.