Published by Harper Collins on August 5th 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Source: Kindle (Amazon)
We've seen Lainey's story in The Art of Lainey, but now we'll hear Micah's tale in this digital novella from Paula Stokes.
Seventeen-year-old Micah Foster is looking forward to the return of his girlfriend, Amber. She's been away in Los Angeles recording an EP with her band, Arachne's Revenge. But when Amber returns home on the anniversary of Micah's dad's death, everything has changed. Over the next few days, as Micah tries to repair his relationship with Amber, he relives the events of the past few years and recognizes a pattern. His friends and family are right—Micah self-destructs every April. Will Amber be this year's casualty? Or can Micah escape his past in time to fix his present?
If you expected to find some Lainey/Micah romance moment in this book, thinking that it will show some cute scenes between them, you’re wrong. Because this book isn’t about them, it’s only about Micah. It’s about his past entangling with his present. What I totally adored was the moments between him and his sister, Trinity. In this book, Micah wasn’t perfect. In fact, he screwed up many times. And I liked that, because it made Micah seemed real. You can literally feel every emotion that he’s feeling. There wasn’t an overly-sad scene, but you will still cry (I did, I cried badly.) Paula Stokes had this talent where every emotion is pouring out of each page. You can feel his grief, his sadness, and at the end, his relief.
And you know who else I actually surprisingly liked? AMBER. Yeah, I know that she was the ex-girlfriend of the main male lead, and most people would hate her. But I don’t. I think, as much as she and Micah had their differences, she had a part in helping Micah with his past. Even though it wasn”y much, I’m kinda glad that she was in the book, because to be honest, if there was no Lainey, I would totally want Micah to get back with Amber someday HEH.
AND AND I really want to re-read The Art of Lainey again. I should get that copy for myself soon.