Kassandra Cole has it all—a stable home with great parents, popularity and all the friends she could ever need. She is used to a lifestyle where everything comes easy to her, from good grades to being captain of the cheerleading squad.
Her entire world is shaken to the core when a fatal accident takes her father, causing Kassandra to re-examine the course her life was on. The actions of one individual forever changes her life, leaving her to pick up the pieces of her broken family. Kassandra begins to question everything she once cherished and the people she disappointed along the way.
Maddon Johnson’s life is as different from Kassandra’s as night and day. Abandoned by his mother at a young age, he is left to deal with his abusive, alcoholic father on his own. He has one goal: lay low and get the heck out of dodge as soon as he is legally old enough.
Everything changes when his father’s tragic actions send Maddon crashing into Kassandra’s world. Suddenly, getting away is the last thing he wants as he discovers it is possible to believe in love after all.
Kassandra lost her father to a car accident caused by Maddon’s father. Maddon is a guy that goes to the same school as Kassandra. After loosing her father so suddenly, Kassandra is struggling to find who she is and who she wants to be. The life before the death of her father seems almost unreal to her. Maddon just wants to comfort Kassandra and take her pain away but he knows that will never happen. Kassandra hates Maddon and that his dad killed hers.
Kassandra not only is a teenager, but after the death of her father, she has to care for her little sister. Their mom fell into a grieving period where it was almost as if she wasn’t there. As Kassandra learns more about herself and who she wants to be, she starts to get close to the one person she NEVER wanted to look at again, Maddon.
So much craziness in less than 300 pages in dual perspective! I recently, as in this year, started reading Tiffany’s books and have become obsessed to say the least. She is very good at writing an emotional read without taking it too far or making it unrealistic.
I loved Kassandra’s character; she is incredibly strong for someone so young and what has been placed on her shoulders. Caring for her younger sister wasn’t easy. I love that despite the death of their dad and the grief, she was able to put her emotions aside and truly care for her sister and even her mom. Maddon was such a sweet guy, you can’t help but love him.
Life moves on, forgive and just move on! :)