Title: Something in the Way
Author: Jessica Hawkins
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 27, 2017
It was a hot summer day when I met him on the construction site next to my parents’ house. Under the sweat and dirt, Manning Sutter was as handsome as the sun was bright. He was older, darker, experienced. I wore a smiley-face t-shirt and had never even been kissed. Yet we saw something in each other that would link us in ways that couldn’t be broken...no matter how hard we tried.
I loved Manning before I knew the meaning of the word. I was too young, he said. I would wait. Through all the carefully-chosen words hiding what we knew to be true, through his struggle to keep me innocent, and through infinitely-starry nights—I would wait. But I’d learn that life isn’t always fair. That no matter how much you achieve, none of it matters if you suffer the heartbreak that comes with falling for someone you can never have. Because even though I saw Manning first, that didn’t matter. My older sister saw him next.
Jessica Hawkins is bringing us a brand new forbidden love story and this time it’s a twist on a lolita story. She’s quickly becoming one of my favorite authors for anything that speaks of being on the taboo side. She writes these stories spectacularly. Any story that make you second guess, think or is different is definitely something that worth hype. And this is definitely in that category. I was completely captivated and read it from start to finish.
Lake is 16 when the story starts. She’s studious, serious and Daddy’s girl. She has her goals and she’s determined to meet them. Fun, smun. Who needs it? Manning is 23—a construction worker that’s haunted by a ghost, broody and sweet. They meet by accident and an odd friendship is struck. With a large age difference between them, a lot could go wrong with this book but Hawkins does a wonderful job skirting the line between forbidden and taboo. There’s definitely a connection between the two. Both of them waver between affection and romantic feelings with Manning more uneasy with the romantic feelings. This is made more difficult with the addition of the blatant flirting of Lake’s older sister Tiffany.
These characters are amazing. They are multi-dimensional and complex with strengths, flaws and insecurities. There is a lot of growth as well; it goes beyond a romance novel. It’s also a coming-of-age novel in a way where a girl is looking for who she is and who she wants to become. The secondary characters add a lot of interest to the story. There were some that I liked, others that just annoyed the snot out of me and some that I can’t wait to see more of. There is some drama in the book and I have to say it completely caught me off guard. I was expecting something completely different.
This is a stunning book, full of emotions—anxiety, confusion, excitement, heartache. I got so invested in the characters that I was biting my nails, fidgeting and even pacing at one point. I cannot wait for May for the next book. I need to know what happens next. -Peace and Love, Buxom J
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