on July 5th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Young Adult
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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.
Becca McKenzie is just trying to make it through her senior year of high school. She has good friends and a gorgeous boyfriend but Ryan Jackson, the bane of her existence, keeps popping up everywhere.
She doesn't care that they were best friends for years. She doesn't care that their moms are close and therefore she hears more about him that she'd ever care to know. She doesn't care that their mutual friend, Jake, keeps pushing them all to hang out together, and she especially doesn't care that the rest of the school bows down and worships him.
Becca decided years ago that he wasn't worth her time and nothing, NOTHING, is going to change her mind.
If you’re a sucker for YA, the perfect blend of angst, and the second chance at friends (who turn into lovers), then this is a perfect read for you. I loved the book because even though I had a good idea what the plot would be going in, there were still enough twists and turns that I would smile until my cheeks hurt and cheer for Ryan (who wore his heart on his sleeve) and hope Becca would open her eyes.
I certainly wished Becca were so oblivious at times, but I truly believe that was part of her charm; she was a beautiful girl who had no clue how she affected others…specifically a certain Ryan Jackson. At times I wanted to shake her because she was so unable to see what others knew. But then again, it’s high school…I”m sure you can remember those days.
This was my first book by Doherty and I can’t get over the writing. The flow, the plot, the character development…seriously…everything. The way she tells a story just grabs me by the shoulders, shakes, and says, “FORGET THE LAUNDRY – YOU MUST FINISH THIS BOOK!” If that’s not endorsement enough, then I don’t know what is.
Four Years Later picks up the story of Becca and Ryan, well, four years later. Be prepared. This book is certainly more mature and will RIP YOUR HEART OUT. I sobbed. Like really sobbed. I wasn’t prepared for where Doherty took their story, but she very adeptly showed that sometimes life takes some truly ugly turns. Sometimes you get hurt and heartbroken. But above all, she showed us that we can survive. We may emerge on the other side different version of ourselves, but we CAN make it to the other side.
I found myself quite angry at times while reading; angry at the unfairness life can dole out, angry at miscommunications, angry at how love sometimes isn’t enough. Despite this anger, I still found love in the strength which emerged from Becca. I grew in respect for her and was so profoundly proud of who she had become.
I was so moved by this book (and Four Doors Down) that I had to immediately email the author and tell her I loved, no FLOVED, her books. I thanked her for writing these stories and told her she had a fan for life. Her ability to take a sensitive topic, evolve a YA story into an NA journey, break my heart, and then heal it all in the span of 311 pages? Yeah, this is a book which will still with me for years. It’s a tragically beautiful tale, but I’m happy to say that everything worked out just the way it should.