Published by Simon and Schuster on June 9th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
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Is there anything that electric chemistry can’t overcome? The past may be gone, but love has a way of holding on in this romantic debut novel told in alternating Before and After chapters.
The summer before freshman year, Kelsey and David became inseparable best friends—until the night a misunderstanding turned Kelsey into the school joke and everything around her crumbled, including her friendship with David. So when Kelsey’s parents decide to move away, she can’t wait to start over and leave the past behind. But David’s not quite ready to be left.
Now it’s senior year and Kelsey has a new group of friends, genuine popularity, and a hot boyfriend. Her life is perfect. That is, until David’s family moves to town. Old feelings bubble to the surface and threaten to destroy Kelsey’s second chance at happiness. The more time she spends with David, the more she realizes she never let him go. And maybe she never wants to…
This book had all the major points for a contemporary romance. The romance, the arguments, the awkwardness. At the start, I really loved Kelsey and even, David. Though, I was more interested in knowing what was the embarrassing incident that made Kelsey leave everything behind. David was all kinds of shady, at the start. He pretended like nothing happened in their past, that they were still best friends, and that kinda rubbed me the wrong way after awhile, because I guess I understood why Kelsey did not want to be his friend anymore. She just wanted to leave the past behind.
But then, this book could have been amazing, except for one sad fact. Kelsey was undecided. She was both hot and cold. She did not know what she wanted, and I guess that made me a little bit pissed off. It’s like she doesn’t want to lose David, but she doesn’t want to lose her new boyfriend, Ryan, either. And I think that was what made the whole book less romantic, and more desperado in the making.
But throughout the whole book, the story progressed on quite smoothly. I was actually looking forward to some perfect gesture by the main character, in an effort to win back David, but unfortunately, that never happened. So it left me a little bit unsatisfied. I mean, COME ON, where are all the swoon-worthy moments?