on July 19th, 2016
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I wanted to tell him all my secrets, but he became one of them instead.
Chloe Rivers never thought she would keep secrets from her best friend. Then again, she never imagined she would fall in love with him either. When she finally reveals her feelings, rejection shatters her, rendering her vulnerable and sending her straight into the destructive arms of the wrong guy.
Gavin Rhodes never saw the betrayal coming. It crushes him. Chloe has always been his forbidden fantasyÔÇösweet, tempting, and beautiful. But when the opportunity finally presents itself, he makes the biggest mistake of all and denies her.
Now itÔÇÖs too late . . .
Four years after a devastating tragedy, Chloe and GavinÔÇÖs worldÔÇÖs collide and they find their lives entangling once again. Haunted by the past, they are forced to come to terms with all that has transpired to find the peace they deserve. Except they canÔÇÖt seem to get near each other without combatting an intense emotional connection that brings them right back to where it all started . . . their childhood treehouse.
Chloe still holds her secrets close, but this time she isnÔÇÖt the only one with something to hide. Can their deep-rooted connection survive the destruction of innocence?
This was one of those books that simply captivated me. It was so much more than I anticipated. ItÔÇÖs got a bit of angst and a minor hint to a love triangle, but really there isnÔÇÖt one (no cheating). But as we learn from the storyline, itÔÇÖs all about perception. The writing is solid and the dialogue is loaded with questions that go half answered (ohhhh the self-denial and drama. The story is set primarily in two time frames; that of high school and post college, with two main characters, Chloe and Gavin. I spent a bit of the book heartsick and at times peeved for some of the back and forth between the main characters, but the storyline played out really well. Where I anticipated drama, I wasnÔÇÖt always right and where I didnÔÇÖt see it coming, well oops ~ It caught me off guard. Which was one of the reasons I read this straight through, all in one sitting.
When we meet Chloe Rivers, sheÔÇÖs pretty much in a no win situation. As a teenager in highschool, she makes a couple bad calls and ends up dating the wrong ÔÇ£for herÔÇØ brother, Devon Rhodes. This has such far reaching impact, to her future and happiness and sheÔÇÖs forced to withdraw from her friends and maintains that distance for 4 plus years. When Chloe returns to her family home, sheÔÇÖs desperately lonely and long overdue to resolve the conflict that has amassed between her and Gavin, Devons twin and the boy/man sheÔÇÖs always loved.
The drama works so well in this story line. Had the characters been much older I would have wanted to throw my kindle at the wall. But it all stems from the standard insecurities and lack of communication of a eighteen year old. As the story progresses and we catch up with them 4 years later, they are in each other’s orbits due to both proximity and circumstance. This is where ┬áthe real fun begins. Four years of pent up anger and frustration means there’s a lot to work through, a lot of unknowns and we are left to wonder if they wouldn’t be better off not working through it – Nawww!! I will say at times itÔÇÖs hard to have hope they will ever move past their history.
Gavin isnÔÇÖt as known to us as Chloe is (she just got in my head) and although we get part of the story from his POV, he doesnÔÇÖt really show himself to us, show his heart until later in the story. We learn that in the time gap, Gavin’s made more than a few questionable choices. These left me ( errrr, I mean Chloe) knotted up and made it impossible for me to put my kindle away and go to sleep. The secret he holds is a doozy, one I didnÔÇÖt guess at at all. One that I misread even when exposed.
Up In The Treehouse is probably one of the best NYAÔÇÖs IÔÇÖve read in along time. Complex issues, complex characters, and complex emotions. The ending made the heartache so worth it and IÔÇÖm glad I read until I finished (even if I was a zombie the next day). 5 #FlockOfFlutters Stars and recommendation!
~Review by Cyndi
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My entire body ached the moment I tried to move, so I stopped trying. I groaned and peeled an eye open, trying to understand why this morning felt so different from all the others.
When I saw the matching sets of green eyeballs peering over the ladder, one glaring and one questioning, I wanted to scream, but the air in my throat went the other direction. I gasped and propelled myself backward into the furthest corner of the alcove.
ÔÇ£Do you think sheÔÇÖs homeless?ÔÇØ asked Eyeballs Number One.
Eyeballs Number Two shook his head as he scanned my body. ÔÇ£Maybe she ran away from home.ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£Yeah, or maybe sheÔÇÖs a troll that lives in the woods. Are we supposed to feed her?ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£I didnÔÇÖt bring any food. Did you?ÔÇØ
One of the boys threw his eyes around the room, as if afraid to look away from me for long. ÔÇ£No. We should tell dad we need a fridge.ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£And how will we keep it cold, moron?ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£Hey! IÔÇÖm not a moron!ÔÇØ
While the boys fought, I managed to creep forward until I gripped the edge of the bed with every intention to slip down undetected.
But Eyeballs Number One saw me and placed an arm out across the other boyÔÇÖs body. ÔÇ£Shh. SheÔÇÖs moving.ÔÇØ
My grogginess cleared, replaced by a rush of adrenaline as I stared back at the twin boysÔÇöthe boys whose treehouse IÔÇÖd snuck into the night before. At this realization, I straightened with a jolt. ÔÇ£I-I have to get home.ÔÇØ Panic seized my chest knowing my parents would be frantic looking for me.
Eyeballs Number Two nudged the other. ÔÇ£She has a home, bro.ÔÇØ
I bit my lip to hide my smile, happy they no longer considered me a possible troll. ÔÇ£Sorry. I didnÔÇÖt mean toÔÇöÔÇØ I didnÔÇÖt know why I was about to lie, so I stopped myself. I totally meant to fall asleep there. I just didnÔÇÖt mean to get caught.
ÔÇ£Wait!ÔÇØ one of them called as I headed for the ladder. I turned to see the curious one staring back at me with a sincere expression. ÔÇ£Are you okay?ÔÇØ
All I could do was nod. How could I tell two boys I didnÔÇÖt know the reason for invading their sanctuaryÔÇöthat I had been watching them for weeks, envious of their home in the woods? Instead of saying another word, I found the ladder and moved down it, missing the last few steps in my haste. The moment I hit the ground, I accepted the impact with a grimace and took off at a sprint through the woods and toward my bedroom window. I climbed inside just as I heard my mom calling me for breakfast.
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