by Colleen Hoover
Morgan Grant and her sixteen-year-old daughter, Clara, would like nothing more than to be nothing alike.
Morgan is determined to prevent her daughter from making the same mistakes she did. By getting pregnant and married way too young, Morgan put her own dreams on hold. Clara doesn’t want to follow in her mother’s footsteps. Her predictable mother doesn’t have a spontaneous bone in her body.
With warring personalities and conflicting goals, Morgan and Clara find it increasingly difficult to coexist. The only person who can bring peace to the household is Chris—Morgan’s husband, Clara’s father, and the family anchor. But that peace is shattered when Chris is involved in a tragic and questionable accident. The heartbreaking and long-lasting consequences will reach far beyond just Morgan and Clara.
While struggling to rebuild everything that crashed around them, Morgan finds comfort in the last person she expects to, and Clara turns to the one boy she’s been forbidden to see. With each passing day, new secrets, resentment, and misunderstandings make mother and daughter fall further apart. So far apart, it might be impossible for them to ever fall back together.
Whether you are a mother raising your teenage daughter or a daughter just starting your way into adulthood, this book will amaze you.
We have all experienced the rebellion that normally happens as you are about to graduate from high school and step into the adult world of university and jobs. It is normal to rebel and forge ahead shaping your dreams into real life. This is how we discover who we are and take responsibility for our destinies.
As a mother, dealing with teenagehood rebellion, we all remember how we struggled through that life passage. We also have the experience of having lived through obstacles, defeat, and a reality that the dreams we had when we were young will either die or we had to change them in order to survive.
This book focuses on the impact a fatal accident has on a mother and a daughter trying to survive the loss and the changes to their lives. In a very real way, it presents us with two perspectives that will need to be faced before our mother/daughter duo will be able to repair their relationship.
Be prepared to cry, deeply examine life, and finally grow with our characters. The writing style is fantastic. It is succinct with just the correct amount of embellishment. This helps the reader focus on the plotline without transgressions.
I wholeheartedly recommend this book to all mothers and daughters as I remember the nostalgia of growing up and showing my own daughter that dreams are meant to be followed. Sometimes our original dreams will need some tweaking, but living without a dream or goal we can embrace with our soul can only result in stagnation and a life of rote.
I am voluntarily reviewing this book. Thanks to the author for sharing a copy with me.
Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of several novels, including the bestselling women’s fiction novel It Ends with Us and the bestselling psychological thriller Verity. She has won the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance three years in a row—for Confess (2015), It Ends with Us (2016), and Without Merit (2017). Confess was adapted into a seven-episode online series. In 2015, Hoover and her family founded the Bookworm Box, a bookstore and monthly subscription service that offers signed novels donated by authors. All profits go to various charities each month to help those in need. Hoover lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys. Visit www.colleenhoover.com.
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