Publication Date: June 9th, 2015
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Synopsis: 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…
When it comes to this book, I’m trying my hardest to be fair and give it three stars. It just wasn’t what I hoped it was going to be. It’s rare for me to find a book where I didn’t get any sort of attachment to any of the characters, but I just couldn’t connect with any of them in this book. I found the main character, Kelsey, to be a somewhat whiny brat that I just wanted to slap several times into this book and tell her to stop wasting time and just choose the guy she wants. And apparently she thought cheating on her current boyfriend, Ryan, was just fine, too. I mean, she kisses an old flame, and then goes back to her current boyfriend’s house and sleeps in bed with him. …I don’t even have anything else to add to this, nor do I need to. She practically admits to her old flame that the reason she didn’t want to try things out with him was because she wasn’t sure if it would work out and she essentially wanted to have a fallback so she didn’t have to be alone.
…How is this okay?
Anyway, the writing wasn’t bad or anything, and the story itself was sort of interesting. I really enjoyed the alternating before and after chapters, because I felt like I was reading two different stories in a way. The Kelsey from the before chapters was so different from the Kelsey in the after chapters, but David kind of seemed to stay the same throughout the entire book. I just felt like there was no character development there with him, and that kind of irritated me, too.
I’m still giving this one three stars because the story itself was pretty good, as was the writing. I just wish there was a little more character development (and a little less cheating) in this one. However, don’t let the problems that I had with this book put you off from picking up a copy and giving it a shot. It would probably make a really great beach read!
Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.