The act of hating – no, fucking loathing Dean Collins. (Yes, I’m well aware that’s not the actual definition, but it might as well be…)It’s been ten years since we’ve seen each other and the feelings are still as strong.
I’m not going to bore you with all the details of how our love was once intoxicating, consuming, and perfect.
Because it was . . . until it wasn’t.
I’ve been fine without him. I haven’t missed his cruelty, his coldness and his spite.
And after the ugliest breakup in the history of breakups, I forced myself to move on.
Year by year, the feelings I had for him slowly drifted away, but one encounter with him recently changed everything. One encounter made me realize how the heart doesn’t forget shit, and how my mind is going to have to work overtime to make sure I never forget my definition of resentment.
“School spirit isn’t really my thing. No offense, but…football isn’t either.”
He laughs, and I suddenly realize that the two of us have never talked about football during our sessions together. In fact, whenever I’ve brought it up, he’s changed the subject to something else.
“Well,” he says, letting my hand go. “You should come for me instead.”
“What? What do you mean?”
“I mean, since you’re not into school spirit or football, but you’re clearly into me, you can make an exception and come tonight.”
“You’re getting quite presumptuous lately.” I put on my best poker face. “Do I need to help you with that definition?”
“Not when I know the true word you’re looking for is cognizant.” He grins, stepping back. “I hope to see you tonight.”
“I’ll think about it.”
“I’m sure you always do.” He gives me a look so sexy that I almost melt into the floor.
Rating: 4.5 Groupie Stars
I didn’t realize this was the authors first book. The writing and story was fantastic and I thought it was so developed in every way, so I was very shocked.
The characters were interesting, you had a lot of detailed information on them which made me feel like I knew them and I had gotten into their heads and overall the development of the characters from the start of the book to the finish of it was great. It flowed nicely throughout and the angst, hatred, fighting all happened right when it should of, but wasn’t over the top and just full of fights and angst through the out the story. The change from hate to love happened at the right time and the author did it spot on.
The story has a big time jump in it so we really got to know the characters in school and what happened with the 2 main characters Mia and Dean then. Some of the school scenes were heart breaking and I went from thinking Dean was a loving, tender perfect boy/man…than BAM!!! Everything changes and I hated him and 10 years has gone by.
Deans emotions were all over the place 10 years later when he sees Mia again and his emotions were draining and his thoughts and feelings gave me whiplash throughout.
Dean gradually started to redeem himself in my eyes but it took awhile as he was a prick on quite a few occasions in the second part of the book.
I loved this story, how it flowed despite the big jump in years and Dean going from loveable boy to mean nasty man and how the author gave us as much insight in to the characters lives, thoughts and feels as she could.
A really great debut novel. I’d definitely read another book by the author in the future.
Nicole London is an aspiring author who is currently trapped in a terrible 9 to 5 and wishes Starbucks actually made decent drinks. She recently discovered her passion for writing after reading a ton of amazing indie books, and she plans to publish her first book, Resentment, October 29th.