by Kelly Gunderman
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Release date: July 30, 2019
Genre: Young Adult Fiction — Contemporary
*ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
Can you ever truly love someone who robbed you of everything?
Sixteen-year-old Claire Williams spends most of her days feeling angry and alone. After a car accident took her mother and Claire’s ability to walk, life in a wheelchair is the new normal.
When she’s sent to live with her grandmother, away from school and friends, Claire has a chance for a fresh start. Just when Claire thinks she can handle things, she runs into Todd – the son of the man who caused the car accident.
At first, Claire wants nothing to do with him, but the more time they spend together, the more she hates to admit her feelings. She’s slowly falling in love with Todd.
Now, Claire’s father wants to move and take Claire with him. But she can’t go. Not now when everything is falling into place, and she’s just now finding herself. Claire’s defiant. She won’t leave Greenwood, her new friends, her grandmother, or Todd.
Can Claire find the strength to let her dad go on with his life while leaving her behind to live hers, or will she allow the guilt and shame of surviving the accident pull her back under?
This is the story of Claire, a sixteen year old living a new life away from her home and friends. After a car accident her father sends her to live with her grandmother. Claire not only has to learn to live in a new place, but also to live a new normal. After losing her ability to walk and her mother, she has to learn to cope with the struggles that now surround her, learning to deal with not being able to walk, a new school and friends that may not have time for her anymore since she is not there, as well as a father who abandoned her.
What I liked:
I liked Claire and her grandmother’s relationship almost immediately. Her grandmother was the strong rock that Claire needed to lean on, especially when her father abandoned her and it looked like her old friends had no time for her.
I also liked the relationship that formed between Claire and Todd, and that Claire was able to look past who Todd’s father was, to see the person that Todd is. That was a enemy-friend-to more relationship that I can get behind.
What I didn’t like:
Claire’s father. I did not like his abandonment of Claire, although I do get people grieve in different ways, but to abandon your grieving crippled daughter did not sit well with me. Then the way he decided to come back into her life and try and force her to move with him, that irked me to no end. I will say they maybe redeemed him a bit in the end, but I still didn’t like him.
In the end though, I really liked this story, the writing was fantastic and easy to read.
Kelly Gunderman was born a child of the late eighties in small-town Pennsylvania. A bibliophile in her own right, she is hoping to one day surpass the number of pages she has turned with those she has written of her own accord.
Having recently completed her Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Development, Kelly suddenly found herself with a bit more free time than usual, and began her immediately successful foray into blogging and Freelance Writing, which subsequently led to her renewed desire to finally put her ideas and imaginings “on paper.”
Focusing primarily on the Young Adult genre, Kelly’s first novel, Finding Me, was published by Swoon Romance, and she is currently working on putting even more stories on paper.
She currently resides in her original home town with her husband, their two daughters, and a few cats that constantly challenge the sanity of all with their ill-advised attempts at what can only be assumed to be world domination.
Prize: A coffee mug, tea, and a $10 Amazon gift card from Kelly Gunderman (USA only)