Series: Thatch #3
Published by William Morrow Impulse on August 23rd 2016
Genres: New Adult
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After her first love was ripped from her grasp four years earlier, Charlie Easton was sure she would never be able to trust anyone with the shattered pieces of her heart again. That is, until Deacon Carver forces himself into her life, and makes those pieces swirl in chaos. But Charlie doesn't know how to let him inÔÇª until a stranger stumbles upon a notebook filled with her innermost secrets, and shows her how.
Deacon Carver is known for sleeping his way through the town of Thatch, as well as the surrounding citiesÔÇösomething he used to take pride in. But that persona has haunted Deacon ever since he decided to leave that life behind for the girl he wants more than anything: Charlie Easton.
But when another girl falls into Deacon's life, allowing him to be himself without judgment for his past, will their conversations hinder his relationship with Charlie ÔÇª even if he's never seen her?
The third and final book in Molly McAdams’ Thatch series, Show Me How is simply an wonderfully angsty young adult/coming of age story. It had everything I love about a good romance; unrequited love, misguided rejection, seeing an “alpha” type of man-whore take the fall, and a sweet and wholly deserving heroine. Top that off with a well written and adorable 4 year old and I was hooked. I was warned that it was unputdownable and it was only the necessity of sleep on the cusp of a potentially long work day that allowed me to put it aside for the night. In true Molly McAdams story telling fashion, there was immense happiness but not without a fair bit of pain.
I have to admit that I hadn’t read the first two books in the series and I thought I might be able to read it without diving into those, but once I started I wanted to know more about Charlie and her predicament so I backtracked and quickly read Letting Go and To The Stars. It’s necessary in order to understand the history and one of the main plot drivers of Show Me How, Deacons utter dislike for Charlie. Her return to Thatch shakes up Deacons life and wakes him up to a part of himself he had no idea existed.
“Charlie Girl” is exactly the sort of young woman I like ( although I could have done less wit Deacon calling her that as he really hadn’t earned the right to give her a nickname ). Anyway, she knows her priorities but she doesn’t lose her spirit entirely to the practicality of life. I guess you’d say she’s a dreamer, but she doesn’t sacrifice her family for these emotions. She’s experienced heartbreak that lead to utter disillusion, but it doesn’t end her, it just makes her cautious. With Deacon, she has good reason to be cautious. He does and says some incredibly judgmental things . His feelings are understandable in his misinformed opinion and his indignation is misplaced. The push/pull between these two is simply delectable angst. They face so many unknowns; pushback from family, Deacons history, and some very stupid actions that won’t ingratiate him to the reader. I really didn’t feel like he was worthy of her. But he does seem to offer Charlie a sense of hope, of family and unknowingly he provides with the reason to dream about acceptance and love.
What I love so much about this story is just how Molly makes me FEEL her characters. In reviews I shy I away from saying anything about “the feels”, but it can’t be helped when it comes to thinking about the vast range of emotions I went through. I always some to care so much about her characters and McAdams takes me down this road in a smart and knowing way. The storyline and plot twist aren’t entirely unpredictable, but the way they grab hold of me is. I should know it, but I never fully grasp how much I’m going to adore her characters until I’ve gone and fallen for them. I recommend this entire series and to any reader of the young adult romance genre knowing that McAdams promise of pain with healing is guaranteed. 4.5 Stars!
~Review by Cyndi