I wasn't always in love with Colton Calloway; I was in love with his younger brother, Kyle, first. Kyle was my first one true love, my first in every way. Then, one stormy August night, he died, and the person I was died with him.
Colton didn't teach me how to live. He didn't heal the pain. He didn't make it okay. He taught me how to hurt, how to not be okay, and, eventually, how to let go.
Nell Hawthorne is in love with her life-long best friend, Kyle Calloway. Their young love is invincible and life is full of promise; then one night Kyle dies suddenly in a tragic accident and Nell is forever changed. She meets Kyle's older brother, Colton, for the first time at the funeral. They both struggle to move on with life as best they can. Years later, they meet again in New York City, and Colton realizes that Nell has never really gotten over Kyle's death. She seems to be harboring a deeply rooted pain, a heavy weight of guilt, and regret. He knows he shouldn't get involved, but he can't help himself. Trust doesn't come easily for either of them, and they both have demons. Together, they learn the purpose of pain and the meaning of healing, and the importance of forgiveness.
Mature Content Warning: 17+ for language, and adult situations
This audiobook contains an exclusive copy of Jasinda’s original song "Falling Into You."
©2013 Jasinda Wilder (P)2013 Jasinda Wilder
I would absolutely recommend this to a friend. It was an amazing story that took you to places emotionally that are hard to explain. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll cringe, you'll feel your heart break. This isn't your typical love story. This story couldn't be further from that. It's a story of true pain and suffering from a girl who most stories would picture as having the perfect life and in the end it all works out for the best, la de da. But not in this story. She has anything but the perfect life. She goes through some serious things but it's all so well written and so beautiful.
The author is amazing. A true wordsmith. The whole book is just brilliant.
This isn't your typical sappy romance novel where everyone comes out smelling like roses in the end. This isn't the same story you've heard 1000 times retold in a new way. This is a very different kind of story that isn't just about love or falling in love. It's a really emotional journey for the characters in the book and the reader.
This isn't the kind of book where you have a favorite part. The whole thing combined is an experience and you must go through the entire journey to truly enjoy the ride.
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS!!
I read the reviews for this book and dove right in. It sounded like a great, tear-jerking read and I was in the mood for one. While Kyle and Nell make a great story, and it warns of adult language and situations, this book seemed more like a young adult novel than an adult one. The skittish sex, understandable considering their age and the story, but just the way the characters interact with each other and the way the characters themselves are. Nell is immature and self centered and shows it quite a bit throughout the story. I expected it at the beginning when she was sixteen, but it showed when she was an adult also.
Nell is very selfish. Her boyfriend died, in a tragic way, trying to save her and two days later she is kissing his older brother? What? No amount of emotional upheaval can condone that, even for my jaded mind that was a no-no. And then later in the book she is a cutter and a drinker? I don't see how she got to that point, where were her parents?
It just leaves a lot out, and the narrator for Nell is pretty good, but the narrator for Colt is...bland. He is emotionless and it kind of ruins it. Maybe if I read the book instead of listened to it, it would have been a bit better for me. All in all, it is a good read that will have your emotions on a roller coaster, but the parts that weren't emotional just lacked for me. The emotional plot is very well written, but the other parts of the story seemed bland.
A lot of the time I found myself wanting to scream at Nell, telling her to stop being so selfish, that yes, her boyfriend died, in a horrible way and it was awful, but she wasn't the only one who lost him, and while I understood that she had a lot of guilt, understandably, the way she dealt with it throughout the story was just off.
I did like the way her relationship with Colt developed though, it was very nice (That I won't spoil!).
This is a heart wrenching story about Nell trying to get her life back together after a tragic accident, finding comfort and love with Colt, and it is a good story. I probably wouldn't read it again, but it still made for a good read, just not the best. If you're looking for an emotional release, this book will do it for you though, but I would recommend reading it rather than listening to it.
I didnt give this book 5 stars because it was just too sad for me. I listen to audiobooks to get away for a while from the real world and this story just was too sad. The characters are deep and the story IS good, but break out the tissues because you WILL cry.
I have a hard time describing this book. The first few chapters felt like young adult - teenage girl with a ton of melodrama. Think Twilight. Just when I was about to give up on it, the story and narrator changed to Colton's POV. It was refreshing to hear a new voice and the story suddenly seemed adult. THEN, it went off the deep end with extremely graphic sex scenes. I actually like some sex scenes but this was a bad combination of sexual detail and melodrama.
I was particularly annoyed when the book changed back to Nell narration and the the female narrator was now doing the Colton dialogue even though we'd already heard male narrator as Colton.
Some moments were touching and sweet and the dialogue felt real if not witty or clever. The music references were genius. This book would have been really cool with a soundtrack.
I have never cried so much at a book as i did this one. If you would like a sad but good story this would be for you.
This book started off good but went down hill form there. I almost felt like I was reading a different book towards the end. It wasn't a total bomb for me but almost. Wait for this one to go on sale.
Make it longer! Loved it and didn't want it to end. Great story full of tragedy and love overcoming the pain that follows. Characters were well written and realistic. A must read and re-read!
I did notice some similarities between this book and the Edge of Never. Both amazing however, the characters were just so much alike, only having slightly different background stories.
Gabriel Vaughan sounded like a computer most of the time. He was horrible at doing different voices. I dreaded when it was his turn to narrate. Not the voice I would have picked for Colton. Dan Bittner would have made a better Colton. He has more of a sexy, confident voice, perfect for a this novel's leading man. Piper Goodeve was awesome. Loved her voice and thought she was a great Nell.
Yes!!! Not sure for which actors though...new talent would be best I think.
I love how the book is divided into segments of Nell's and Colton's points of views; however, I wish the audio book had used both narrators throughout the entire novel. It would have made the segments with Colton's point of view better if Piper was still doing Nell's voice and vice versa.
You can feel the pain of the characters in this book. Nell is a girl that's headed for accomplishing great things in life but when tragedy strikes her path is changed forever. You get to see this perfect girl with her perfect life turned upside. The struggles she goes through is not pretty or glamourized, it seems so real. Their is no way the author or someone close to her didn't live through something very similar to this.
Although this is not really part of the book at the very end someone sings the song Falling Into You and it was so beautiful.
Playing the guitar in the hospital. I won't add anything else, don't want to spoil anything.
The hospital scene with the guitar.
Unlike the other reviews I didn't cry but it will break your heart for sure.
Loved the story but wish the narration could have coincided with the book. Male voice for Colton, female voice for Nell. When they are both talking, why not let the narrators read the parts? Maybe there are rules.
I stopped listening because the characters were such simps. It is possible the second half of the story with the older brother was better, but I doubt it.
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