Layken's father died suddenly, leaving her to gather every ounce of strength to be a pillar for her family, in order to prevent their world from falling apart. Now her life is taking another unexpected turn...Layken's mother gets a job which leads to an unwanted move across country. However, a new home means new neighbours...and Layken's new neighbour is the very attractive Will Cooper. Will has an intriguing passion for slam poetry, and a matching passion for life. The two feel an irresistible attraction but are rocked to the core when a shocking revelation brings their romance to a screeching halt. Layken and Will must find a way to fight the forces that threaten to tear them apart...or learn to live without each other.
I can't delve too much into the storyline, as I don't want to spoil any elements of this book. I was 70 pages into this read when I went online and ordered the next two in the trilogy.
This is Hoover's debut novel, and I won't lie, I can see development in her writing from this to her more recent releases. However, this book is still well written, and it really struck a chord with me. Her characters are wonderfully developed even her subcharacters, her storyline unique and gripping, and her ability to make you feel really is second to none. All of that, and oh yea, Will Cooper.
Credit where it is due though, this story is about so much more than the romance. Yes, that is a central theme, but we're also dealing with grief, and responsibility, and growing up. And slammed poetry.