Whitney Denison can’t wait to start over.

She thought she had everything under control, that her future would always include her best friend Katie… Until everything changed.

Now her life in Bloom is one big morning after hangover, filled with regret, grief, and tiny pinpricks of reminders that she was once happy. A happy she ruined. A happy she can’t fix.

So, she is counting down the days until she leaves home for Colson University, cramming her summer with busywork she didn’t finish her senior year, and taking on new hobbies that involve glue and glitter, and dodging anyone who reminds her of her old life.

When she runs into the stranger who drove her home on graduation night, after she’d passed out next to a ditch, she feels herself sinking again. The key to surviving the summer in Bloom is unraveling whatever good memories she can from that night.

But in searching for answers, she’ll have to ask for help and that means turning to Evan, the stranger, and Kyle, Katie’s ex-boyfriend. Suddenly, life flips again, and Whitney finds herself on not only the precipice of happy but love, too, causing her to question whether she can trust her feelings, or if she is falling into her old patterns of extremes.

As she uncovers the truth about her memories, Whitney sees that life isn’t all or nothing, and that happy isn’t something to wait for, that instead, happy might just be a choice.
I tried really hard to like this book. With each page I held on to the hope that something was going to happened that would make me just fall in love with it. That never happened for me though. I was left with nothing.  I was bored out of my mind with most of the book. I actually was glad when I finally reached the last page. 

I was just bored out of my mind. Whitney is a recovering alcoholic who just got out of a rehab. The entire book she is dealing with the death of a girl that used to be her best friend.  As a matter of fact an ex-best friend that was awful to her and made her life miserable after she started hating Whitney. 

There was a hint of romance, but I felt nothing great about the guy she was interested in. He among the other sub characters are just as dull as Whitney. I didn't connect to any character. I tried very hard to like Whitney and just couldn't. I felt like there was nothing real to the book. Her thoughts didn't bring me. I felt like as I read this story, I was kept on the outside. I didn't once feel like I was emerged into Whitney's life. 

Nothing really happens through the course of this book. Nothing. I felt like there was no build up, and nothing that left me really wanting to turn the page. Would recommend this? No. I usually like the book somewhat and this time. I just didn't.


Ashley Casselman said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought nothing happened in this book. If the author would have delved into Whitney's alcoholism or lost of best friend more (or at all really) it would have made for a much better story. But the story was so boring.

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