Meg Haston’s romantic and thrilling new YA novel explores a star-crossed high school relationship in a tale rife with deeply buried secrets and shocking revelations.
Bridge and Wil have been entangled in each other’s lives for years. Under the white-hot Florida sun, they went from kids daring each other to swim past the breakers to teenagers stealing kisses between classes. But when Bridge betrayed Wil during their junior year, she shattered his heart and their relationship along with it.
Then Wil’s family suffers a violent loss, and Bridge rushes back to Wil’s side. As they struggle to heal old wounds and start falling for each other all over again, Bridge and Wil discover just how much has changed in the past year. As the fierce current of tragedy threatens to pull them under, they must learn how to swim on their own—or risk drowning together.
Before started this I told myself I needed a cute contemporary. This was not that. Which addictive and lyrically written, this book wasn’t what I was expecting in the best kind of way.
It explores the dark side of family and the complications of mourning an abusive parent. The characters fly off the page and whatever they’re feeling, you feel. If they’re high on happiness, you are. If they’re sad, you are.
In some places this is an advantage but if does make the darkest parts of this book weigh pretty heavy.
The writing in this book is just amazing. See example:
“The sky is gray, the kind of day that looks cold until you step into it. The storefronts and cracked sidewalks and neon signs sag under a cloudy sky.”
It’s delightfully descriptive, and it allows you to really visualize what it’s talking about
This book had a sweet romance, and I loved that part. And how it showed that no one and nothing is perfect, even if it looks like that. It explored the darkness in the cracks, and was a really eye opening read.
One part that I really didn’t like was the open ending, it was the first book I’ve read with one and it just felt kind of lazy, and some closure would have been nice. However, despite that, this was a really interesting read.
Content Guide –
Sexual: implied sex, lots of descriptive kissing, innuendos
Cussing: this is quite a bit sh**, f**k, d**n
Violence: this is a dark book with some violence and an abusive parent