There are truly no words to express how much I loved this book. It is a beautifully written story full of unexpected emotion and depth. The characters are endearing and lovable, the plot is refreshingly unique, and the message conveyed is powerful and thought provoking. It is seriously one of those stories that just resonates in your soul. It is a complete game changer in the New Adult genre. I'm telling you, Amy Harmon has such an incredible way with words. Honestly, she had me running through an emotional gauntlet... I was laughing, crying, and pondering my perspective on love, strength, beauty, and my existential purpose in life. I can't even begin to explain the complexity of the feelings her writing evoked in me. Needless to say, she is my new favorite author and I cannot wait to read any and all of her other work.
Here are a few of my favorite quotes just to give you a glimpse of the beauty that is her writing:
“True beauty, the kind that doesn't fade or wash off, takes time. It takes incredible endurance. It is the slow drip that creates the stalactite, the shaking of the Earth that creates mountains, the constant pounding of the waves that breaks up the rocks and smooths the rough edges. And from the violence, the furor, the raging of the winds, the roaring of the waters, something better emerges, something that would have otherwise never existed.
And so we endure. We have faith that there is purpose. We hope for things we can't see. We believe there are lessons in loss, power in love, and that we have within us the potential for a beauty so magnificent, our bodies can't contain it.”
“I don't think we get answers to every question. We don't get all the whys. But I think when we look back to the end of our lives, if we do the best we can, and we will see that the things we begged God to take from us, the things we cursed him for, the things that made us turn our backs on him, are the things that were the biggest blessings, the biggest opportunities for growth.”
“There isn't heartache if there hasn't been joy. I wouldn't feel loss if there hadn't been love.”
This book is a beyond 5 star recommendation! Read it immediately, people!
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