on February 27th, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
It was a hot summer day when I met him on the construction site next to my parentsÔÇÖ house. Under the sweat and dirt, Manning Sutter was as handsome as the sun was bright. He was older, darker, experienced. I wore a smiley-face t-shirt and had never even been kissed. Yet we saw something in each other that would link us in ways that couldnÔÇÖt be broken...no matter how hard we tried.I loved Manning before I knew the meaning of the word. I was too young, he said. I would wait. Through all the carefully-chosen words hiding what we knew to be true, through his struggle to keep me innocent, and through infinitely-starry nightsÔÇöI would wait. But IÔÇÖd learn that life isnÔÇÖt always fair. That no matter how much you achieve, none of it matters if you suffer the heartbreak that comes with falling for someone you can never have. Because even though I saw Manning first, that didnÔÇÖt matter. My older sister saw him next.
Forbidden love. No one writes it quite like Jessica Hawkins. Her stories tap into that delicious angst and evoke anxiety in this reader. Start to finish my heart and mind was so wrapped up in this story. Something in the Way leans very much to the “taboo” side but also explores the dynamics of sisterly rivalry. It’s simply another great read by Jesssica Hawkins.
The story is set in the mid 1990’s, Hawkins captures the setting to perfection. I could see the backdrop; the beach community, the neighborhood, the carnival, but what’s more is that I could feel the characters. I connected so well with our protagonist Lake that I began to reminisce about my own teenage crush. We are immersed in her thoughts and get a clear picture about the dynamics of her family relationships. most importantly her sister Tiffany and her fathers. A lot of who Lake is can be measured against these, but not everything. Especially once Manning enters the picture. Lake finds herself experiencing new and unrecognizable feelings.
Hawkins develops the story through both Lake and Manning’s voices. They are both introspective. This is really how we get to know Manning and quite frankly, he’s perplexing. It’s hard to get a bead on what motivates his interest in Lake. It all seems like it’s leading to the idea of fate, but this is only book one. As far as Tiffany’s role, what motivates her continued presence (and what makes this a “triangle” and an angsty read) makes sense. She’s not very likable, but we do see a shift in her as the story develops.
This is a wonderful start to a new series and I anxiously look forward to book two. 4.5 Stars and recommendation.
~Review by Cyndi
Jessica Hawkins grew up between the purple mountains and under the endless sun of Palm Springs, California. She studied international business at Arizona State University and has also lived in Costa Rica and New York City. To her, the most intriguing fiction is forbidden, and that’s what you’ll find in her stories. Currently, she resides wherever her head lands, which is often the unexpected (but warm) keyboard of her trusty MacBook.