★★★★ 4 Painful Stars ★★★★
I received a copy of this novel as part of a blog tour and in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
June 9th: a night to love or a night to hate? A night to embrace or a night to erase? College freshman, Lacey Shyver, has no clue. Growing up with a neuromuscular disease, Lacey knows people only pretend to be nice—pity her, really, for looking different. That is, until graduating senior, Blake Nivey, enters her life. Breaking down her walls and lifting her spirits with just one touch, he’s not like the others. He cares about her well-being and makes her laugh. He unlocks something within Lacey that captures her soul, yet Lacey’s internal struggles surface. Is she just a charity case for him? Blake can’t possibly like someone with limited mobility when there are prettier girls draping their arms around him. Or can he? Just as Lacey begins to see where Blake’s heart truly lies with her, everything changes. Because once June 9th begins, it never ends.
This book is very refreshing in terms of its genre: New Adult, College Romance. Instead of the main heroine being an overly perfect woman who can change the baddest of the bad boys, you have a struggling young woman with muscular dystrophy who just wants to fit in and have a normal life. You don’t see this in many romance books (at least not to my knowledge) so I really liked it. Overall, this is a sweet albeit emotional read that will leave you feeling all of the character’s emotions. Readers are able to understand and sympathize with the heroine on many levels. This book has depth, brings lot of “feels” to readers, and gives us a different look on love and relationships. I really enjoyed this one and I think many readers will feel the same way. Many people go through life and experience struggles just like Lacey in this book- most of us on different levels. While her insecurities did bug me a bit (I really wanted to see her a little more secure with herself) I also felt that her feelings were real. It’s very hard to judge someone when you cannot walk a mile in their shoes so I laid my judgements to rest in terms of her insecurities. After all, I have never been in her place and can’t even begin to imagine what life is like for those who suffer this way every single day. Therefore, this my friends, is one of those real books that will make you think twice about your judgements of others. It will also make you realize that sometimes, we just have to take what life throws at us and embrace it. This is a wonderful story and yes, I do recommend it!