Monday, January 19, 2015
More Than This by Jay McLean
Publication Date: July 10, 2013
Number of Pages: 311
Genre: Young Adult, New Adult
Source: eARC via NetGalley
Summary via GoodReads}:
When Mikayla imagined her prom night, she envisioned a fairy-tale evening full of romance. So when betrayal and tragedy come in quick succession, Mikayla is completely destroyed. Suddenly, everything she loved and everyone she relied on are tragically, irrevocably gone.
Jake, a handsome boy she just met, happens to witness her loss. With no one to turn to, Mikayla is forced to depend on this near stranger and his family, and he in turn is determined to take care of her. But Mikayla - thrust into adulthood with no one to guide her - is desperate to contain her grief and hide what she considers to be her weakness. Mikayla and Jake both want more, but despite their growing closeness and intense chemistry, she tried to keep her distance and protect her heart. As he does everything in his power to win her trust, Mikayla must choose between remaining alone and safe or letting love in.
She thinks: This book is both unbelievable as well as believable. That sounds very convoluted. There are parts of this book that I believe wholeheartedly could happen - feeling a deep connection to someone you've just met, having everything taken from you in the blink of an eye, not knowing how to process your feelings, etc. The author has a good grip on how a teen/new adult might feel in these fascinatingly unusual circumstances. Then, there are moments are not nearly as plausible - random strangers offering up their home as a place to stay, being allowed to go on a trip with a boy you've just met, etc. Of course, there are extenuating circumstances in this book, but I wish it was a little more grounded in reality. I would love to believe that all these nice things would really happen, but it just doesn't seem likely.
BUT...if you look past all that and just enjoy it for the story it is, it's romantic and angsty and full teenage drama. Sometimes that's just the kind of book you need. It's also a quick read so if you need to get back into reading, this is a great book to break your dry spell. Sink yourself into the sappy sweetness of true love and transport yourself back to your teenage years!