When Betts meets Aiden at the candy store where she works, their connection is like a sugar rush to the heart. Betts already knows the two of them are infinite. Inevitable. Destined to become an us.
Betts has only ever kept one secret from her best friend, Jo, but suddenly there’s a long list of things she won’t tell her, things Jo wouldn’t understand. Because Jo doesn’t see how good Aiden is for Betts. She finds him needy. Possessive. Controlling.
She’s wrong. With a love like this, nothing else matters.
This book is an exploration of an unbalanced and unhealthy relationship, dissected in an addicting story, with a diverse cast, tons of female friendship, and unflinching honesty.
When I first finished this book, I wasn’t sure about reviewing it. It was a quick read, and I really loved the diverse cast of characters, but I wasn’t sure.
The thing is, while the subject matter of this book might not be something a lot of people want to talk about, it’s so, SO important.
It’s important to educate yourself in the signs and existence of abusive relationships. You never know if someday you’ll find yourself in one or know someone in one.
However, this book should come with several trigger warnings. I’ll include them at the end of my review, and if they are things that trigger you, I do not suggest picking this book up.
I think my favorite thing about this book, and one of the most important things, is the amazing female friendships featured.
There was a character in there exclusively to be a mean girl, so that draws away from this a little, but the relationship between Jo and Bee makes up for it.
I also feel like, while it makes sense for the story, the relationship moved a little too fast. They were “in love” after a matter of weeks. I have read several first hand stories of relationships like this one, so in a romantic context the relationship moves crazy fast, but it isn’t wholly unrealistic. A lot of relationships like the one in the story that happened in real life describe a similar infatuation.
My relationship with our main character evolved from “Oh, honey, no.” to me yelling at her, the just a final round of applause, the sheer amount of character development is stunning and worthy of applause.
I think my favorite character, though, has to be Jo. She’s the fun best friend who bakes, yet she becomes so much more. She’s Bee’s tether to reality and her compass and she is a total hufflepuff (DON’T @ ME). She’s not the main character but by the end of the book, she’s stood by Bee through so much and pulled her through so much, kicking and screaming at times. She is the best friend everyone wants.
I’m going to leave the rest of the book to you. It’s a little tough to swallow at times, but it’s so, so important to educate ourselves.
TW: Domestic abuse, emotional abuse, mentions of suicide, abusive relationship, (I can’t think of any more currently, but if I do I will add them.)