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For fans of Nina LaCour and The Spectacular Now, a powerful coming-of-age story about a girl with creative aspirations and the boy who charms his way into her life, centering on themes of addiction, loss, and the tumultuousness of first love—and how to find strength when everything falls apart. Ever since her mom’s cancer scare, Hadley hasn’t been one for taking risks. And For fans of Nina LaCour and The Spectacular Now, a powerful coming-of-age story about a girl with creative aspirations and the boy who charms his way into her life, centering on themes of addiction, loss, and the tumultuousness of first love—and how to find strength when everything falls apart. Ever since her mom’s cancer scare, Hadley hasn’t been one for taking risks. And after seeing her sister go through one too many heartbreaks, she definitely has no interest in dating. Hadley just wants to keep her head down and enjoy the rest of high school with her friends, focusing on her photography and getting into the art school of her dreams. Then enters Braden, star of the swim team and precisely the kind of person Hadley avoids, all bravado and charm and impulsivity. From their first moment together, they are perfect sparring partners, equally matched. And it’s intoxicating. Braden sees her, really sees her, and Hadley decides it might be time to break all her rules. Braden shows Hadley how to live again, and soon Hadley is happier than she’ll ever admit out loud. But that’s before her family is faced with devastating news, and Braden starts hiding a growing, dark secret. As it threatens to shatter everything they’ve built, Hadley must confront her own actions and determine if she has the strength to walk away.


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For fans of Nina LaCour and The Spectacular Now, a powerful coming-of-age story about a girl with creative aspirations and the boy who charms his way into her life, centering on themes of addiction, loss, and the tumultuousness of first love—and how to find strength when everything falls apart. Ever since her mom’s cancer scare, Hadley hasn’t been one for taking risks. And For fans of Nina LaCour and The Spectacular Now, a powerful coming-of-age story about a girl with creative aspirations and the boy who charms his way into her life, centering on themes of addiction, loss, and the tumultuousness of first love—and how to find strength when everything falls apart. Ever since her mom’s cancer scare, Hadley hasn’t been one for taking risks. And after seeing her sister go through one too many heartbreaks, she definitely has no interest in dating. Hadley just wants to keep her head down and enjoy the rest of high school with her friends, focusing on her photography and getting into the art school of her dreams. Then enters Braden, star of the swim team and precisely the kind of person Hadley avoids, all bravado and charm and impulsivity. From their first moment together, they are perfect sparring partners, equally matched. And it’s intoxicating. Braden sees her, really sees her, and Hadley decides it might be time to break all her rules. Braden shows Hadley how to live again, and soon Hadley is happier than she’ll ever admit out loud. But that’s before her family is faced with devastating news, and Braden starts hiding a growing, dark secret. As it threatens to shatter everything they’ve built, Hadley must confront her own actions and determine if she has the strength to walk away.

30 review for Coming Up for Air

  1. 4 out of 5

    Emaan

    I feel obligated to give five stars to a book that made me cry. Also if anyone is wondering no one dies in this book, thank god for that.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Storiesandcoffee

    YA romance for when you feel a slump setting in... YA romance for when you feel a slump setting in...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I haven’t been this upset towards a book in a while and this story left me livid. I was about 150 pages into this book and I thought omg this is going to be one of my favorite books ever. The story between our main protagonist and her love interest Brandon was so adorable, I was in love with the story. This is where the SPOILERS come in because I can’t discuss this book without spoiling the book. So, Hadley who is our main protagonist finds out unfortunately that her mom has been diagnosed with I haven’t been this upset towards a book in a while and this story left me livid. I was about 150 pages into this book and I thought omg this is going to be one of my favorite books ever. The story between our main protagonist and her love interest Brandon was so adorable, I was in love with the story. This is where the SPOILERS come in because I can’t discuss this book without spoiling the book. So, Hadley who is our main protagonist finds out unfortunately that her mom has been diagnosed with breast cancer, and it's obviously extremely difficult for her. For the majority of the book while she is struggling with her mom’s diagnosis Brandon her boyfriend is there for her supporting her as much as he can. I think a lot of the things he does for her go above and beyond what a teenage boyfriend would do. Now keep in mind that she multiple times expresses to the reader how much she loves Brandon. And how she has never felt this love in any of her prior relationships. Now unfortunately Brandon being a swimmer and trying to compete for a scholarship ends up injuring his shoulder and has to go on pain meds. He is pressured by his parents to get the best scholarship and so in order to keep competing he builds up a tolerance to the meds and an opioid addiction begins. Now long story short Hadley ends up leaving him because according to the book she is not going to let Brandon pull her under. Now I understand the message the book is trying to convey which is don’t stay with someone who doesn’t want your help but I think the delivery was wrong. If Brandon had been a bad party boy who became addicted to drugs because of his partying ways then yes absolutely Hadley would have been in the right but the fact that Brandon became addicted because of an injury really makes Hadley's decision hard to understand. She can’t be there just for once for the boy that has been helping her for months and on top of that when Brandon is in the hospital in a coma because of a very serious car accident she is at a party making out with her “best friend”. My mind is blown and not in a good way. The way opioid addiction was treated like a choice and not an actual chronic brain disease is just extremely sad and upsetting.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Alanna

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I can't find the words to explain how this book made me feel. I felt everything Hadley did and sometimes x100. IT.WAS.SO.GOOD. All the topics were handled so well. I laughed,cried (I HARDLY EVER DO THAT WITH BOOKS), and felt so much turning each page. One thing I felt was handled so well was Braden's drug addiction. I watched him transition from the person he was before to someone unrecognizable because of his addiction. The comparison at the end between her mother fighting cancer and Braden cho I can't find the words to explain how this book made me feel. I felt everything Hadley did and sometimes x100. IT.WAS.SO.GOOD. All the topics were handled so well. I laughed,cried (I HARDLY EVER DO THAT WITH BOOKS), and felt so much turning each page. One thing I felt was handled so well was Braden's drug addiction. I watched him transition from the person he was before to someone unrecognizable because of his addiction. The comparison at the end between her mother fighting cancer and Braden choosing not to fight awed me. Hadley's struggle with choosing to leave Braden for her own good and feeling guilty for leaving him in that state is what women feel across the world in relationships like this. The signs: Him telling her he will change then trying to get more pills, trying to guilt her into staying were all components of an abusive relationship. It was utterly heartbreaking to see how everything had changed from the beginning of the book to the end. Things I never would have seen coming. I also love Tyler and Becca. The two friends who were always there for Hadley and never left her side. Tyler was my favorite with his unwavering loyalty and care, he is probably all I want in a guy tbh. I wish there was an epilogue or a short story about them and how it went but I guess we can imagine it. Another part that I loved was how the author effortlessly switched from past the present and how they blended together. This book is so important to me because it made me feel. A special ingredient that makes a book so special. I have been waiting for this book so long and I shed a tear when I had to close it and that ride was over. Loved loved this book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Amy Magee

    I loved this book, it dealt with such serious issues in the best way it could while still keeping a read I felt comfortable with, nothing beats that feeling of it’s fine if I get no university work done I must finish this book

  6. 4 out of 5

    Gmr

    Coming Up for Air comes into play SO MANY times in this novel, I'd almost lost track. First, the obvious one we mentioned because at some point, they do have to do that actual action. Second, it applies to Braden yet again in a life sense. Ever been told you take things too seriously? Yeah, well that was him and the swimming. I mean I get it...it was him working towards his goal of a scholarship based on his athletic talent; a totally worthy goal to say the least. The problem lies in that his fo Coming Up for Air comes into play SO MANY times in this novel, I'd almost lost track. First, the obvious one we mentioned because at some point, they do have to do that actual action. Second, it applies to Braden yet again in a life sense. Ever been told you take things too seriously? Yeah, well that was him and the swimming. I mean I get it...it was him working towards his goal of a scholarship based on his athletic talent; a totally worthy goal to say the least. The problem lies in that his focus was so laser, so single oriented that when things start messing with that direct path, he's not prepared to swerve. He takes on SO much and keeps holding his head high, so that while yes it looks like he's breathing easy, he's actually been holding his breath the whole time. Then we have it in a life sense for our girl, Hadley. She's definitely been treading water, what with her family dealing with her mother's diagnosis and treatment. Add to that college entries, the current school year, and her new boyfriend, Braden. Yeah, okay spoiler alert there, but it's not really because it's pretty much the first thing that happens after we're introduced to the PRESENT and then the PAST. Anyway, why would she need to be coming up for air...especially in the last scenario. Ever get lost in someone? I mean to the point where we don't know where you end and they begin? Yeah, it hits our girl hard, the love bug that is, but there's something else. His problems become her problems and she feels guilty, as if she added to his problems, and that just snowballs from there until it all falls apart, rather spectacularly, and heartbreakingly all at the same time. So you see, the titles applies several times over and in many ways, but in the end, they all add up to taking a moment in your life to actually BREATHE. It's never too late to change course, and the bumps in the road or rough water we encounter are meant for us to grow from and overcome, but if ever they feel like TOO much, there's no harm in reaching out for a helping hand. **copy received for review; opinions are my own

  7. 5 out of 5

    Baraboo Public Library Teen Reads

    Coming Up for Air took me back to when I fell in love with for the first time. I think Nicole Tyndall did an incredible job bringing those intense feelings back to life. Hadley and Braden falling in love amidst all of the challenges high school has to offer, familial problems, and friend drama felt authentic in a way that took my breath away. Jock Braden and photographer Hadley might seem at first to be unevenly matched, but their chemistry is electrifying and there are few other couples in YA c Coming Up for Air took me back to when I fell in love with for the first time. I think Nicole Tyndall did an incredible job bringing those intense feelings back to life. Hadley and Braden falling in love amidst all of the challenges high school has to offer, familial problems, and friend drama felt authentic in a way that took my breath away. Jock Braden and photographer Hadley might seem at first to be unevenly matched, but their chemistry is electrifying and there are few other couples in YA contemporary lit who match them. We learn immediately that there has been an accident, Braden is in the hospital, and Hadley, though she appears to have broken things off with Braden, is so heartbroken and distressed. The narration then takes us back in time to the beginning of their relationship, and it is so lovely to watch them fall in love, but there is a darkness, as we know the way it seems to end. Braden's addiction takes its toll on Hadley, who is also dealing with the cancer diagnosis of her mom. Their story feels so real, and brings to light the pressures so many of today's teens are facing in terms of being perfect or reaching so high to get those college scholarships, no matter what they have to do to get there. I think many teens will be able to relate to this relationship, and even now, having mercifully survived high school a decade ago, this book brought back feelings and memories I had long forgotten. I think this book has got a place right alongside Eleanor and Park and All the Bright Places. Content warnings: This book is for mature teens. There is sex, drug addiction, partying, and profanity. But it is also a beautifully written tribute to the high school experience and falling in real love for the first time.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Many thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with a DRC of this title for review. All opinions are my own. I loved this book. I read it with the same intensity that I read Everything, Everything and Five Feet Apart . The relationship was amazing (shout-out to Tyndall for creating a lovely first-time scene that allowed for both partners to express their fears, their desires, and to continuously check in on each other throughout) and the whole time you are reading, you know that the Many thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with a DRC of this title for review. All opinions are my own. I loved this book. I read it with the same intensity that I read Everything, Everything and Five Feet Apart . The relationship was amazing (shout-out to Tyndall for creating a lovely first-time scene that allowed for both partners to express their fears, their desires, and to continuously check in on each other throughout) and the whole time you are reading, you know that the story is heading to something tragic (thanks dual timelines!) but you keep thinking that MAYBE, just MAYBE, it won't happen. This is a wonderful addition to realistic fiction shelves in all YA collections. Highly recommend. First purchase type of stuff here. Hadley just broke up with her boyfriend and is sure she is ready to take a break from dating. She's seen what it does to her older sister Remy, who has a revolving door of loser dates, but all of that goes dangerously off the rails when she meets Braden. All-star athlete, rumored "bad-boy", and one of the most charming guys she's ever met. When they're together, she decides to take the risk. And it seems worth it. Until her family receives some tragic news. And Braden starts hiding a dark secret. And then it doesn't feel like love anymore, but something scarier. And Hadley has to wonder if, in the end, her choices were the right ones or if she made a huge mistake.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Karam (bookishskippy)

    4 stars Cried a bit for this book! Review coming out soon. Gosh thank you so much for the arc Times reads.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Hailey Crabtree

    My husband did some research and got me this book for Christmas because of my love for both YA and photography, but I hadn’t heard of it. It deals with some heavy subjects, but I couldn’t put it down. The ending was so much better than I imagined it would be. I’ll keep it vague!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Amie

    Coming Up for Air is a powerful novel by Nicole B. Tyndall. The author manages to capture the feeling of all-consuming first love between Hadley and Braden. Hadley is torn between the worlds of her boyfriend, family, and longtime best friends. It takes all her strength to choose. I found this novel to be beautifully structured as it flashes back to tell Hadley and Braden's story. Ultimately, I thought it was a beautiful book about finding strength deep within yourself and setting boundaries for h Coming Up for Air is a powerful novel by Nicole B. Tyndall. The author manages to capture the feeling of all-consuming first love between Hadley and Braden. Hadley is torn between the worlds of her boyfriend, family, and longtime best friends. It takes all her strength to choose. I found this novel to be beautifully structured as it flashes back to tell Hadley and Braden's story. Ultimately, I thought it was a beautiful book about finding strength deep within yourself and setting boundaries for healthy relationships, no matter how devastating it feels at the time. ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Trigger warning: cancer and cancer treatment, opioid addiction, toxic relationships, teen pressures (sports, college, etc.)

  12. 5 out of 5

    twiinklex (cherreading)

    Ugh my feels. ✨ "Love is a risk. I know that, even more so lately. Anything loved can be lost. But right now, I don't care. This love makes me feel alive, and I need that." This is a raw, emotional and beautifully-written coming-of-age story. The author did a wonderful job in handling sensitive topics such as addiction, toxic relationships and coping with cancer in the family. I usually can't relate or connect with YA romances but this one did not feel forced or rushed at all. In fact, it was Ugh my feels. ✨ "Love is a risk. I know that, even more so lately. Anything loved can be lost. But right now, I don't care. This love makes me feel alive, and I need that." This is a raw, emotional and beautifully-written coming-of-age story. The author did a wonderful job in handling sensitive topics such as addiction, toxic relationships and coping with cancer in the family. I usually can't relate or connect with YA romances but this one did not feel forced or rushed at all. In fact, it was very realistic as with everything that goes on in the book. From the rush and adrenaline of first love and how it blossoms, to its uncertainties, making excuses for the one we love and not wanting to see the red flags until we can no longer ignore them, to the breakdown and death of a once-magical love — this was all portrayed brilliantly. Described as "a piece of my heart" in the acknowledgments, this book started out as pages from the author's high school journal, which meant that what happened in the novel are actually real-life experiences. No wonder I could feel all the emotions radiating off every page. A beautiful book that captivated me from start to end. ✨ "Real love comes from safety, from trust; not this feeling rooted in desperation. It makes me want to scream and bang on his chest, demanding back who I used to know. But he's gone, and nothing is going to bring him back. What I feel now is the shadow of love, and all it has to offer is heartache."

  13. 4 out of 5

    Elle

    Review to come

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    Thank you to NetGalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This was a really sweet story of family and first love. One of my favorite tropes in books is the hate-to-love. While it isn't quite as strong in this novel as it is in others, there is still that build up. Hadley meets Braden after hearing from her sister that he is a womanizing scumbag and to steer clear. He is immediately charming, which only serves to raise her hackles even more, despite her grudgingly Thank you to NetGalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This was a really sweet story of family and first love. One of my favorite tropes in books is the hate-to-love. While it isn't quite as strong in this novel as it is in others, there is still that build up. Hadley meets Braden after hearing from her sister that he is a womanizing scumbag and to steer clear. He is immediately charming, which only serves to raise her hackles even more, despite her grudgingly acknowledging the attraction. As their romance blooms, her family's worst fear about her mother's cancer remission is realized. Suddenly, Hadley is juggling her family responsibilities and the stress of a sick parent with a boyfriend who seems to be spiraling out after an injury that could potentially set back his swimming dreams. The story alternates before and after an accident, which isn't fully described until quite a bit later in the book. While this was good for building a degree of suspense and for keeping me turning the pages, I also feel like it did a bit of disservice to the story of Hadley and Braden's romance. For this being the story of her first great love, there were only a few real scenes between the two of them, and I was left wanting just a bit more. Regardless, I thought this was a lovely story of love and family and heartbreak and recovery and seeing what was right in front of you the whole time. It ended on a really great note, and I felt pleased with how it all wrapped up. Definitely a good read, and I would happily read more by this author!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Emelie

    Wow! This was so much more dark than I was expecting! Full review to come soon

  16. 4 out of 5

    Michele

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The foreshadowing is thick throughout the first half of the book. Hadley's supportive and successful mom battled cancer four years ago, and her perfect and competitive boyfriend suffers a sports injury. About half way through - after she and Braden go on cute dates, full of adorable banter, and have sex - the cancer comes back and Hadley is in denial about Braden's pain-killer addiction. Her friends are so awesome that they don't seem realistic. I was really invested in the outcome and the concl The foreshadowing is thick throughout the first half of the book. Hadley's supportive and successful mom battled cancer four years ago, and her perfect and competitive boyfriend suffers a sports injury. About half way through - after she and Braden go on cute dates, full of adorable banter, and have sex - the cancer comes back and Hadley is in denial about Braden's pain-killer addiction. Her friends are so awesome that they don't seem realistic. I was really invested in the outcome and the conclusion was satisfying.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lia

    I loved this book. Incredibly engaging, smart, emotional, and hopeful. I loved the nuanced relationships between all of the characters. The nonlinear timeline kept me engrossed and the author handled difficult subject matter in a respectful and considerate way. Love and sex are portrayed realistically and thoughtfully. It is a love story, and also a celebration of friends, family, and self-worth.

  18. 4 out of 5

    A

    I’m not crying, you’re crying. RATING: 4.5 (I rounded up to 5 because goodreads doesn’t allow decimals) SUMMARY: Coming Up for Air is a heart wrenching novel that takes the reader through Hadley’s life. Hadley, a teen who’s sworn off relationships after the heavy influence her mother’s cancer diagnosis had left on her breaks her own rules when Braden comes into her life. Braden is the bad boy star swimmer; in other words, not even close to someone Hadley thought she’d fall for. He falls for her as I’m not crying, you’re crying. RATING: 4.5 (I rounded up to 5 because goodreads doesn’t allow decimals) SUMMARY: Coming Up for Air is a heart wrenching novel that takes the reader through Hadley’s life. Hadley, a teen who’s sworn off relationships after the heavy influence her mother’s cancer diagnosis had left on her breaks her own rules when Braden comes into her life. Braden is the bad boy star swimmer; in other words, not even close to someone Hadley thought she’d fall for. He falls for her as much as she falls for him and helps her through the hardships she deals with at home regarding her mother’s health. However, what Hadley didn’t know was that Braden had hardships of his own too. (Please note that this isn’t a spoiler, seeing as this was mentioned right from the beginning. The story begins in present day and returns to the past, going back and forth.) MY OPINION: As I was reading this, I definitely got the same feelings I did when reading “If I Stay.” I was questioning their lives and like Hadley, was trying to figure out when their relationship took the drastic turn. The author developed these characters amazingly and although my opinions on them continued to change, I was able to get so much about them. I loved Braden and Hadley. Their relationship was so cute, and Braden really made Hadley’s life better. He held her up in her darkest moments, and it really shone through. As much as I loved these two, when the story reaches its climax I was happy with what happened. The continuous actions that occurred (if you read the book you definitely know what I’m talking about) tore me apart, and I began to ache for Hadley. It was terrible, but she was so persistent on being the same rock he once was. I was also really really satisfied with the ending of the book. Not all books are happy or very depressing, and I’m glad the author didn’t do that. She did not only a realistic ending, but one that you can infer with. It was complete, and allowed me to assume what Hadley’s life would look like in the future, because the main problem was over with. It’ll literally leave you broken in pieces because of the serious topics it discusses. PROS/CONS: Pros: - Character Development: as I mentioned earlier, all of the important characters’ stories were told amazingly. I often find that can be difficult when it’s only written in the main character’s perspective. - Evokes Emotion: If you know me as a reader, any sappy love story makes me happy. But the further I got into the book, I didn’t stay that way. Though I was going in for a fluffy read, I didn’t come out with one, but I promise you this plot, this story, the lives of these characters will bring out some emotions. - Major Topics Were Effective: Now more than ever, I feel like some authors try to include social issues into their novels to make it more impactful. In actuality, a good book doesn’t NEED to be heavy. As much as I say that, the heavy topics that were handled in “Coming Up for Air” were done so well that they gave me a new perspective. I always like learning about these issues through books because it gives me a situation that very well could happen. (For anyone interested in the exact topics; mental health, addiction, depression, toxic relationships, etc.) Cons: Okay I know this is dumb, but I can’t really think of anything. It was amazing :’) OVERALL: I definitely think you should read this book. If you think you can handle topics like the ones I mentioned, it’ll be and amazing novel to learn from, and for you to enjoy at the same time.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Nisa

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. DEFINITELY 10/5 STARS. HI! I’m so bad at reviewing and expressing my feelings, plus it’s my first time doing this here, but... I’m not okay. The ending is... something. But... I do have something to say before I can finally let go of this masterpiece. Look, I get it. Hadley wants to think that there is “something” between her and Tyler? Sure, go ahead. Whatever. But I feel like this moment is perfect for her to “stay out of guys” or whatever the plan was. Remember the plan, right? Right before Braden DEFINITELY 10/5 STARS. HI! I’m so bad at reviewing and expressing my feelings, plus it’s my first time doing this here, but... I’m not okay. The ending is... something. But... I do have something to say before I can finally let go of this masterpiece. Look, I get it. Hadley wants to think that there is “something” between her and Tyler? Sure, go ahead. Whatever. But I feel like this moment is perfect for her to “stay out of guys” or whatever the plan was. Remember the plan, right? Right before Braden, she made a plan not to deal with guys for a moment. And I know that there is YET nothing going on between Had and Ty... but still—it’s a good opportunity to heal, to refresh, just to clear her head and heart. I know she’s only 18, but the events happened in her life recently were—ARE—brutal. I believe she does not need any guys in her life right now. The ending... well, sure, it gives us closure about Had and Ty’s “relationship”, but it’s a little too forced? I’m sorry. I’d prefer an alternate ending where Hadley would just go somewhere on her own—escaping—with her camera, and just that. She needs to be with herself more than anything or anyone else.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Grace

    This was surprisingly good for how much I hated the beginning. I was SO worried this was going to be a classic girl meets boy thing but it got SO much better as it went on. Braden was an ass for the first few seconds but I really liked him after I got over that and was grateful at how much he changed. Hadley was a great person to follow around, very interesting and funny. I was dying at how cute they were w each other but also noticed the red flags as Hadley was, a person her age shouldn’t have This was surprisingly good for how much I hated the beginning. I was SO worried this was going to be a classic girl meets boy thing but it got SO much better as it went on. Braden was an ass for the first few seconds but I really liked him after I got over that and was grateful at how much he changed. Hadley was a great person to follow around, very interesting and funny. I was dying at how cute they were w each other but also noticed the red flags as Hadley was, a person her age shouldn’t have to deal with what she did. Though she did do the right thing- letting Braden go when he started to get worse w his addiction. It was painfully obvious that Tyler liked Hadley, I’m just glad he didn’t push her or get mad that she had a boyfriend or anything like that- it made me like him even more. I just loved how this wasn’t a classic love story because it had so much other stuff going on, there wasn’t unnecessary drama or anything it was just a beautiful story about first love, heartbreak, drugs and dealing w a sick parent. Lovely story.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Aoife

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I read this book in a day and the beginning really had me, like it was beautiful and funny and I really loved the connection between the two main characters. And then it just got awful. I understand hadleys mom getting cancer was like a big deal for her, but the comparison remy made between her moms cancer and bradens drug addiction made it seem like he chose it. Addiction is a disease- I would have loved to see a story where Hadley helps him to overcome this even as a friend. I thought they wer I read this book in a day and the beginning really had me, like it was beautiful and funny and I really loved the connection between the two main characters. And then it just got awful. I understand hadleys mom getting cancer was like a big deal for her, but the comparison remy made between her moms cancer and bradens drug addiction made it seem like he chose it. Addiction is a disease- I would have loved to see a story where Hadley helps him to overcome this even as a friend. I thought they were supposed to have this great love that she’s never felt before and honestly the ending wouldn’t have been terrible if she didn’t start getting with her best friend, like what the fuck. I think that’s what ruined this book for me in all honesty

  22. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    3.5 stars This was a tough and very emotional read. It's hard-hitting in its honesty even when that honesty hurts, and it doesn't pretend to have all the answers. Plus, it's well-written. These are the things that truly make the story shine. BUT... I thought the split timeline unnecessarily complicated the story, and I had major issues with the way one particular scene was handled (view spoiler)[Hadley getting drunk at the party and everything that happened with Tyler that night...it wasn't healthy 3.5 stars This was a tough and very emotional read. It's hard-hitting in its honesty even when that honesty hurts, and it doesn't pretend to have all the answers. Plus, it's well-written. These are the things that truly make the story shine. BUT... I thought the split timeline unnecessarily complicated the story, and I had major issues with the way one particular scene was handled (view spoiler)[Hadley getting drunk at the party and everything that happened with Tyler that night...it wasn't healthy given what she had been through. Plus, there was no acknowledgement of the fact that she was drunk and probably not thinking straight. (hide spoiler)] . Bottom line: Definitely worth the read despite a few hiccups. CONTENT NOTES: frequent harsh profanity, sex, drug and underage alcohol use.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Brittany

    Wow, this was really powerful and was so close to being a five-star book. The characters were all well-rounded and fully fleshed out people that made mistakes and were awkward and had real problems. Hadley’s mom and boyfriend were both in the middle of major health crises and the way it ultimately played out and the way the chapters went back and forth in time was masterful. Hadley takes an existing friendship to a questionable place and that’s the sole reason for the four stars. I’m impressed t Wow, this was really powerful and was so close to being a five-star book. The characters were all well-rounded and fully fleshed out people that made mistakes and were awkward and had real problems. Hadley’s mom and boyfriend were both in the middle of major health crises and the way it ultimately played out and the way the chapters went back and forth in time was masterful. Hadley takes an existing friendship to a questionable place and that’s the sole reason for the four stars. I’m impressed this is the author’s debut novel and I hope she has something else in the works.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Joanna Bennett

    I’ve been wanting to read this one since seeing the cover. It’s gorgeous! I also liked the sound of the book as well. I will say that in the beginning it did take a bit to get into not because of the plot or characters, but the writing style was just off for me. I’m glad I stuck through it though. The book is told in past and present chapters. It helps to understand the overall plot which I really enjoyed. Some of the chapters would end on a cliffhanger and switch to the other timeline so then I I’ve been wanting to read this one since seeing the cover. It’s gorgeous! I also liked the sound of the book as well. I will say that in the beginning it did take a bit to get into not because of the plot or characters, but the writing style was just off for me. I’m glad I stuck through it though. The book is told in past and present chapters. It helps to understand the overall plot which I really enjoyed. Some of the chapters would end on a cliffhanger and switch to the other timeline so then I kept wanting to read, ha. Hadley has a great group of friends, does photography, and gets good grades in school. She recently dealt with a break up until she meets Braden in a very awkward way. It wasn’t in her plans, but sometimes plans change. I really did like her character. She finds herself in a relationship that she believes will go right with the type of boy she didn’t expect to like. Not only that, but her mom has been diagnosed with cancer and Braden is hiding a big secret that involves addiction. It’s a lot for a teen to go through. All of her emotions and even actions were something I think anyone would do for the people they care about. The romance is fast but also filled with uncertainty from Hadley due to her recent breakup. She does end up throwing caution to the wind but I don’t blame her. Sometimes we are just blinded by love. There ends up being a lot of issues between them due to addiction and it does play a big role in the book. I think it’s good that things like this are being discussed in books, especially for teens, because it helps to put a spotlight on it. (view spoiler)[Although I thought they would work it out after he went through rehab. Hadley decided she couldn’t be with him anymore before that. I can understand having to let go. I’m not sure how I feel about her and her friend Ty. It was hinted in the beginning and I don’t mind him as a character but we also didn’t get too much of them hanging together either unless they were with their other two friends. (hide spoiler)] Overall, I did enjoy this book. My review is a bit short because I think it’s better to go in knowing as little as possible. It’s filled with love, heartache, and tougher subjects but it’s definitely one worth reading. CW: Addiction, Cancer

  25. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    My good reads history of this book got ridiculously messed up and I don’t know how. Anyway. I’m not rating this because I stopped after 121 pages. It isn’t a bad book I just quickly realized I was not the target demo for this book and I wasn’t enjoying it. For a debut novel I think it is telling a good story, and I think it will do really well with the right audience. Unfortunately that isn’t me. Though I will agree fans of the Spectacular Now will likely enjoy this

  26. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    4.5*, rounded up This is one of those books that I couldn't put down, even at three in the morning. I related to the main character's development and rooted for the characters despite their flaws and missteps. I love a story where I really do hope for the best for the characters, even thinking about their lives after the pages end. 4.5*, rounded up This is one of those books that I couldn't put down, even at three in the morning. I related to the main character's development and rooted for the characters despite their flaws and missteps. I love a story where I really do hope for the best for the characters, even thinking about their lives after the pages end.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Staci Vought

    I haven’t finished a book this quickly in a while! It was so addicting and intimate. It reminded me of reading some of my favorites, like All the Bright Places and Eliza and her Monsters. She writes her characters so intimately...this was a book about many things, and they are mostly all handled extremely well. I want more! I’m excited to meet the author since Kim McKinnon knows her!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Annarisa

    Ok here's the thing. I read up until chapter 8 and it's very good. Based on the reviews it seems like this book has heavy theme. 1. I really love the writing style. The choices of words, the dialogues between characters & the internal monologue. They are very detail. I DNF cause somehow I got a feeling I wouldn't be satisfy with the ongoing storyline. Ok here's the thing. I read up until chapter 8 and it's very good. Based on the reviews it seems like this book has heavy theme. 1. I really love the writing style. The choices of words, the dialogues between characters & the internal monologue. They are very detail. I DNF cause somehow I got a feeling I wouldn't be satisfy with the ongoing storyline.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa

    did i read this entire book in 4 hours after adding it to my want to read shelf? yes i did. i have never had a book put me through so many different emotions. 4.5 stars, i loved it so much. this got me out of my reading slump for sure.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Camila

    I don’t ever cry because of a book but I can honestly say that this story made me cry so much my eyes hurt. I absolutely loved it, it was a mix of happiness and so many more feelings in one. Really recommend for YA fans who just need a good laugh and cry.

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