I received this ARC copy for review via YA Addict ARC Tours.
August 19th 2010 by Razorbill (first published 2010)
Paperback, 256 pages
Genre: YA, Fiction, Romance
A plane crash in Alaska takes
Winter’s first love away forever . . .
When Winter's boyfriend is killed in a plane crash in the Alaskan wilderness, she's robbed of the future she'd only just allowed herself to believe might be hers. Winter and Spencer had been destined for one another. And after his death, Spencer's presence continues to haunt her.
But when her next-door neighbor becomes an unlikely friend, Winter begins to accept all that she can't change. Can she open herself to a new future . . . and a possible new love?---Goodreads
Wow! Prepare your hearts for a bittersweet ride. This is one of the most emotional books I have read in a while. It was well written, full of well rounded characters with real life issues. This book is extremely sad but also full of hope. It deals with loss, love and life after a loved one has passed on.
There is so many little things I love about this book I don’t know where to start. I guess let me start with the flash backs. As you can see from the synopsis Winter loses her first true love in an airplane crash. So through out the book you only get glimpses of Spencer and Winter together. These flashbacks are at the end of most of the early chapters but as the story moves along you see less of him as Winter starts to accepts that he is not ever coming back. Tricia does a very good job of showing you how these two people felt about each other in very few sentences. These small scenes are amazing and I loved them. Also at the end of the later chapters are calender quotes about love. These simple little quotes pack a might punch and helps to complete the overall romantic feel of the book.
As a character I felt that Winter is very relatable and realistic which made reading her story that much more enjoyable. The fact that Winter loves Pride and Prejudice and watches Underworld caught my attention because those are two of my favorite things. Also the fact that I have lost someone very close to me makes my understanding of her pain, grief, longing and inability to let go very easy to relate to.
I love an emotional roller coaster and this story will make your heart heavy and sorrowful one moment and light and fluttery the next. You won’t want to miss out on this journey. It will leave you wanting more.
"If they grow them like that in Oregon, I was born in the wrong state." She licked her lips and finally stopped looking at Caleb long enough to wink at me.
There is some kissing.
There is some kissing.