It has been a while since a New Adult book has made me cry! It ends with us was by Colleen Hoover evoked emotions but although many like classifying it as a New Adult, it isn't. It is a contemporary romance novel, so it doesn't count here... 😉
The story is centered around Gabe and Jess. Jess lost her mother at a very young age, her dad buried himself with work as a coping mechanism and the neighbors, the Garcias, pretty much brought Jess up as their own daughter.
Jess becomes best friends with Ava Garcia, they are like sisters in every way but blood. And Gabe is the Garcia's younger son. Jess has had a crush on Gabe for years but never dared saying anything. The story really starts when Ava and Jess go visit Gabe at his college and join him on a house party. Gabe steals a kiss and things progress from there.
At least half of the book is spent on their growing relationship and it makes for an adorable and sweet read. I knew by the book blurb that something bad was going to happen to them but I most certainly did not see that coming! -sorry guys, can't tell ya, that would be major spoiler! But if you can't survive not knowing, just msg me 😉-
Funnily enough the ugly cry did not come from what happened. It came a few chapters later. The author spent so much of the book making us fall in love with them and their relationship that when things got hard it hit you hard too.
I loved both Gabe and Jess. Jess was by no means perfect. She made mistakes and she both changed and grew from them. Gabe's character suffers a little from being too perfect, but I loved him too. The way he acted was noble and I couldn't help but feel for him.
Towards the end of the book a new character is added, Landon... man I loved that dude! I was SO SO SO happy when I found out that the next book is his story. He deserves his happy ending after... (go read to find out 🤣)
So... I guess you want to know why not 5 stars? Well, it doesn't compare to some NA's that I've given 5 stars to in the past. The first half of the book although beautiful and necessary for you to connect with the main characters did at times felt a little repetitive.