A beautiful, poignant tale of grief, letting go, accepting life as it is with the limits it comes with yet living to your fullest no matter the circumstances.
I liked how accepting and open-minded Marisa is. She has a lot on her plate, yet she is reasonable and understanding towards others.
The story is so tender, sweet and adorable in a way, yet passionate, ardent and intense at times. It is painful, with sorrow deeper than I can imagine, yet so well described that I could nearly feel the ripples of it myself.
The characters are fantastic, likable, well developed, with complexity and depth, yet potential to growth, which they did. They learn to accept new truths, nuances, and layers about each other, about themselves, and about life and the situation they are in.
I liked how the friends cheered them on, helped them out, and were there for them when needed. A true community spirit in that small town, that was admirable.
The way both Marisa and Ryker deal with secrets, how they learn to accept them as part of life in a way, was another thing to admire. How they accept the fact that some questions will never be answered, and not to let the secrecy destroy you and the basic trust on others.
A Breathtaking tale altogether. One of those that makes you want to hug the world around you, and appreciate everything you have, because you never know when it is all taken away from you.
~ Four Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
MY GRADING SCALE:
5 Spoons - Amazing, memorable story that I loved and want to read again. The best of the best and not given lightly
4 Spoons - Fantastic, entertaining story that I enjoyed and connected with and will gladly recommend to readers
3 Spoons - A good story, not much that stood out but I was engaged enough to spend the time to read it through
2 Spoons - A story with some issues, that were a problem to me
1 Spoon - Not for me