This book is sad. Not sad like 'Ol Yeller sad, but sad like a black cloud follows these characters. The mood of the whole book is sad, yet I could not put it down. I don't like sad, especially in this crazy time, but Colleen Hoover has a way of making sad enjoyable. I loved this book. It's a story about fighting the life you're dealt and coming out on top. It's about learning to love when you've never felt what love is. It's a beautiful story about survival and family and soul mates. It's a little different than the usual angsty story we get from CoHo, but it's riveting and heartfelt. You'll find yourself rooting for Beyah and Samson, especially after the s**t hits the fan. Be prepared to stay up all night, this is one you'll finish in one sitting.
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“Hearts don’t have bones. They can’t actually break.
“Sometimes I believe personalities are shaped more by damage than kindness. Kindness doesn’t sink as deep into your skin as the damage does. The damage stains your soul so bad, you can’t scrub it off. It stays there forever, and I feel like people can see all my damage just by looking at me.”|
“Love is a lot like water. It can be calm. Raging. Threatening. Soothing. Water will be many things, but even in all its forms, it will always be water. You are my water. I think I might be yours, too.”
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Life and a dismal last name are the only two things Beyah Grim's parents ever gave her. After carving her path all on her own, Beyah is well on her way to bigger and better things, thanks to no one but herself.
With only two short months separating her from the future she's built and the past she desperately wants to leave behind, an unexpected death leaves Beyah with no place to go during the interim. Forced to reach out to her last resort, Beyah has to spend the remainder of her summer on a peninsula in Texas with a father she barely knows. Beyah's plan is to keep her head down and let the summer slip by seamlessly, but her new neighbor Samson throws a wrench in that plan.
Samson and Beyah have nothing in common on the surface.
She comes from a life of poverty and neglect; he comes from a family of wealth and privilege. But one thing they do have in common is that they're both drawn to sad things. Which means they're drawn to each other. With an almost immediate connection too intense for them to continue denying, Beyah and Samson agree to stay in the shallow end of a summer fling. What Beyah doesn't realize is that a rip current is coming, and it's about to drag her heart out to sea.