Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: June 16th 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Chick Lit, Music
Rate: 4 out of 5 stars
(This review may contain spoilers).
I liked the concept of this book. Although the whole events seemed to really only take place over two separate evenings, I found it really easy to get to know the characters. I was a bit thrown at being pushed back into the past events at first… but it didn’t take me long to get used to the style of writing.
I liked seeing things from Ella’s perspective, both in the past and present day. It was good to see that her friendships with the other characters were just as important as the relationship she formed with Matt.
I thought it was interesting to see some of the things that Matt did, such as picking up random things from the ground. I’ve been known to pick up things like shopping lists and glance over them before throwing them away, so that was one character trait I could certainly understand.
I really liked seeing Ella’s friendship with Meg, though I did have some trouble with the relationship Meg and Jake had. I was glad to see that they both accepted there were problems between them… and I was rooting for them probably more than I was for Ella and Matt.
Speaking of Ella and Matt… I did feel that Matt’s reasons for leaving were a bit too convenient. Although some attempt was made to acknowledge something had been wrong through thought-back-on events, I didn’t think there was nearly as much foreshadowing as there could have been.
It was interesting to see the contrasts between the first night and the second. Ella seemed a more confident person in the modern day and I felt the author did a good job of showing the differences formed in her character.
There were parts of this book that made me smile and others that made me sad, particularly when Jake’s family history was revealed.
I think I would have liked to see the storyline here expanded a bit, even though I did think that the book was entertaining and worth reading. It would be nice to read a sequel to this and see where the characters go next.