This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult Romance
Published by NAL
Released on January 5, 2016
Not sure what the best way is to read this one, but I chose to read it back to back with its companion novel, Bully. Bully is book one and should definitely be the first of the two read as this one follows the same time line, but fills in the other line along with adding more to the layer.
At this point, I am emotionally exhausted reading the two together which is why I wonder if a little distance might have helped. But then again, I was so caught up in the story that there was no resisting flipping from Tate’s POV to Jared’s. I will, however, be taking a break before reading Maddox’s story since I think it will be a tough emotional read, too.
Reading Bully was hard. Jared really was the unlikeable bully of Tate’s life and caused a lot of pain for her. The end explained it, but didn’t justify it. So yes, tough story. But that was nothing to getting it all from Jared’s POV in Until You. The author brilliantly balances things on a knife’s edge so that the reader gets all the darker and grittiness that is in Jared’s head and his actions toward Tate while still managing to keep me, the reader, cheering for him to find his way out of the dark into the light.
This is a companion novel telling the same story as Bully from a flipped perspective, but fortunately, it is not an utter rehash. The whole time I was reading Bully; I wanted to know what Jared was thinking. And with this book, I got it. There were many scenes away from the ones with Tate, but even the ones with her felt so very different because Jared was so angry and confused and lived in a dark world of his mind. The abuse and neglect this kid took was staggering and painful. His outlet choice was cruel and wrong, but understandable. Even though I had the other story, this one was almost like reading something new.
My only real niggle was that final scene. There was the huge climax and satisfying denouement and then the author slipped in another plot thread. Things ended on a high note, but because of the issue that the plot thread presented, I was not entirely satisfied. It felt more of a Happy for Now with ominous things on the horizon. Not that I don’t plan on continuing with the series to follow the lives of this group of coming of age young adults, but this end left me uneasy for what is to come.
All in all, I found this companion novel strengthened the story and added even more depth to an already impressive story. The first book was borderline for teens, but this one is more New Adult in nature even if the age group are still in high school- too dark along with more extreme content. So I’m changing my recommendation for the series to those who enjoy hot and emotional New Adult Contemporary Romance.
My thanks to Penguin Group for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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