Author: Jay McLean
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Page Count: 323
Published: Skyscape, February 10, 2015
Chloe has one plan for the future, and one plan only: the road. She’s made a promise to herself: don’t let anyone in, and don’t let anyone love her. She’s learned the hard way what happens if she breaks her rules. So she’s focused on being invisible and waiting until she can set out on the road—her dream of freedom, at least for a little while.
Blake Hunter is a basketball star who has it all—everything about him looks perfect to those on the other side of his protective walls. He can’t let anyone see the shattered pieces behind the flawless facade or else all his hopes and dreams will disappear.
One dark night throws Chloe and Blake together, changing everything for Blake. For Chloe, nothing changes: she has the road, and she’s focused on it. But when the so-called perfect boy starts to notice the invisible girl, they discover that sometimes with love, no one knows where the road may lead.
I haven’t been this knocked over and blindsided in a while. I didn’t even wait a second before jumping in to write this review lest I can’t find the courage to take a second swim in the feelings I had reading it. I gotta admit, when I read the blurb I was completely clueless that this was a story about two teenagers. My fault, I see that now. I somehow didn’t pay enough attention and thus made an assumption, but I’m totally good with that because I’m afraid I might’ve missed the experience had I gotten the right idea.
I’m not much of a fan of new adult or young adult, so this book wouldn’t have been in my to-read pile. Or it would, by chance, but pushed all the way to the back of it for a long while. But I started reading it, thinking this was a book about two people who knew each other from their youth, and one chapter led to another, and by the time I came to chapter four and there was no time jump to Chloe and Blake’s adulthoods, I decided to go back to the book’s blurb and see my careless mistake. The fault is mine, but so was the pleasure in the end. I didn’t think I was going to feel this much reading this.
The blurb says a lot, but it also leaves that much to the rest of the book so I’m not going to get into the whole story’s details. That would take away from your experience anyway, and as a reader, I would never do that to my fellow book lovers. Instead, I want to talk a bit about the characters.
I admit, after halfway through the book, I did leave it to look at what other people thought of it, something I usually try to avoid before I finish a book. But in this occasion I needed to take this step, and I realized I thought a bit different about Chloe than others did. So I’ll start with her, not just for this reason, but also because, as integral as Blake was to the story, I think this was more about Chloe and Chloe with Blake, if it makes any sense. Once you start the book, you quickly have an idea about her-she seemed pretty straightforward to me- but once the story unfolds, and you get more and more into both their heads, you get a better grip of their personalities. While I adored Blake and his too-good-to-be-true existence-we all need a Blake in our lives- Chloe had the biggest effect on me. Since I don’t want to give out spoilers, I’ll try to make this as vague as possible-though I’d have loved to talk this in detail- I truly and clearly understood why Chloe was the way she was. Why she did the things she did. How she came to her conclusions. I personally know someone like Chloe and maybe that’s what made me connect with her more, but I never once thought her being unreasonable. She was who she was, and though I don’t like this book’s genre and its heroines most of the time, it took me by surprise how much I felt with these characters. This was my blindsided moment I talked about in the beginning.
To grip the attention of someone who is both inexperienced and wary when it comes to her genre, I think the author did an amazing job with me. While the story was told from the points of view of both the hero and the heroine, it flowed so easily, it was as if I was listening to friends talk about their life experiences. Before I knew it, I was halfway and stuck, wanting to know what was going to become of them. I won’t say plot, but I’ll say their time together, contained many a great moment that pulled at my heartstrings for a lot of reasons. I loved it all. Don’t take this the wrong way, but by the end of the book, I was a mess of emotions. There came a moment when it all exploded out of me in a fit of tears that I gotta say, was therapeutic. And that, my friends, was my knocked over moment.
I read it all, I felt it all. For my dumb mistake, I started out reading this somewhat prejudiced, but Chloe and Blake clawed their way into my rating and bumped themselves up, until it was towards the end where this story got its well deserved thumbs up, big smile.
I’m adding five big, love filled spoonfuls of this story into my hodgepodge. Who knows? Maybe I get to hop in my car to have my own roadtrip back home someday.
Other titles by Jay McLean:
- More Than This (More Than #1)
- Boy Toy Chronicles (Boy Toy Chronicles #1)