‘Since the night of the crash, Wren Wells has been running away. Though she lived through the accident that killed her boyfriend Patrick, the girl she used to be didn’t survive. Instead of heading off to college as planned, Wren retreats to her father’s studio in the far-north woods of Maine. Somewhere she can be alone.
Then she meets Cal Owen. Dealing with his own troubles, Cal’s hiding out too. When the chemistry between them threatens to pull Wren from her hard-won isolation, Wren has to choose: risk opening her broken heart to the world again, or join the ghosts who haunt her. ‘
Wren has a certain mindset at the beginning of the book. It is very destructive and it stays that way for a good percentage of the book. Her mind slowly starts to come back from the dark place, but it’s never fully out of there. I like how Amy keeps those dark thoughts. Wren never completely stops thinking about Patrick, the thoughts just happen with less frequency. Amy didn’t make it seem like once Cal came into the picture Wren was better, that his love made her better. I appreciate that not happening. I also appreciated the pacing of their relationship and how it formed.
The only real problem I had was how forced her sadness seemed around the beginning of the story. She was actively thinking that she wasn’t allowed to be happy. It kind of cheapened her sadness, made it seem like something she forced to happen.
I liked the way the author wrote, it was very concise. There wasn’t a lot of unnecessary stuff. Wren was an easy character. She had her moments, but for the most part she was easy to get along with. This was a character driven story, which I have recently started to understand that I enjoy. Wren does a good bit of growing throughout. Overall I enjoyed the story. It wasn’t absolutely amazing, but it was very enjoyable to read.
Now I am going to start talking about specific things in the story so it may get a bit spoilery after this.
I was absolutely, completely shocked when she started telling Cal what happened and it came that she had been pregnant. I was not prepared for that at all. It broke my heart a little to read that part.
The Swap Night party would have been an excellent ending to a happy story. It happens about halfway through the book, but it would have been a great ending scene. Before that the story was starting to get happier.
Then we had to have a catalyst to encourage the events that lead to the climax. Cals over reaction to finding out about the run was expected. It was annoying, but entirely expected and necessary to the progression of the story. If that hadn’t happened, the freak out still would have, but it might not have ended the same way. The freak out happened because of the note, which was a shitty thing for Emma to do. If Cal hadn’t left things the way he did, she would have had at least one less thing on her mind. The biggest difference is that she would’ve known Suzanne was there and when she ran into them on the road she wouldn’t have run away. Wren would have let Cal help her instead of running away.