This is my first book by Callie Anderson and I will be straight up honest and say that I loathe reading books that involve infidelity. That's not to say I don't read them, but it takes endless conversations with friends to get me to go into the book kicking and screaming. Inevitably I either end up loving the book or I walk away with ambivalent feelings that I stew on forever afterward, eventually reworking the book in my mind so that I can resolve my conflicted feelings.
This was a book that I really wasn't affected by the cheating. I completely understood where Brie was coming from for large parts of the story, particularly her college years. I've been in her exact same shoes in my youth and think back now cringing at some of the decisions I made because the heart wants what the heart wants. I rooted for her wholeheartedly in the present to finally find peace in her heart and to get the happy ending that has been out of her reach for way too long.
Callie does an amazing job of taking us into Brie's thoughts and emotions. I could feel everything she was experiencing. The highs and lows of the rollercoaster she was trapped on. There were plenty of times I wanted to reach into the book and strangle those around her for the lies, the secrets, the miscommunications that she had to endure. Actually, the three people closest to her were the three I wanted to get her far, far away from.
Nate never won me over. His decisions all throughout this book, all the way back to the first crucial decision he has to make in college, made me want to choke him. I think my problem is I am too much of a realist, and yes, I understand I'm reading a fiction story, but his very first decision just made me shake my head. His reasoning for why he chose who he chose was way too weak in my opinion. But then again, if he hadn't made that decision, we wouldn't have had much of a book to read. Here was the part where I changed the whole story in my head and Nate made different decisions, as did Brie, and completely different circumstances happened that cause the angst and heartbreak in the book.
Another issue I encountered in the book were the amount of editing errors all throughout. I noticed some here and there but the closer I got to the end of the book, the more errors I came across. When there's just a few I don't mind but when they start becoming numerous I get distracted by them and start focusing too much attention on them and not the story.
I feel like I've turned this into a negative review and that is certainly not my intention. I am impressed with Callie's writing, she laid out a very complex story that ran me through the whole gamut of emotions. I will definitely be looking up her other books that have also been highly recommended by my friends and I look forward to her future works.