Title: Sweet Nothing
Author: Jamie McGuire and Teresa Mummert
Pub. Date: November 1st, 2015
Pub. Date: November 1st, 2015
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Rate: 4.5/5 stars
When you think you know what's happening, you're only half way there.
It is enough to break any man: watching what could have been my future slip away before it was ever in my grasp. The possibility of losing someone I loved before she was even mine is something I never would have imagined—certainly nothing I'd ever wish on anyone. I went to her every day and waited. Waited for the impossible, for a sign, for her to look at me ... hoping sinners are granted miracles, too.
Just one glimpse of him was all it took. In the next lane, at a stop light, was the man I would fall in love with and marry. People talk about love that takes time—the kind you fall in to. We were more like a crash and burn. When our lives intertwined, I knew I would never be the same. He was the man I would cherish the rest of my life, who would father my children. In an instant our life together began, and in an instant it would end. The late nights; the excuses; the lies. And in the blink of an eye, it was like we never were.
This book just blew my mind...literally, I am so blown away by that ending that I actually needed a couple of days to process it and be able to write my review. But holy cow, this book is an instant must read. I will admit, it took me a little bit to get into the book. While I love Jamie McGuire, and I love her for giving me (and all readers) the gift of Travis Maddox, I haven't loved anything as much as that original book. And at first, this book started off the same way. But by about a little before halfway in, I was invested and really interested to see what the outcome of Josh and Avery's story would be. But literally nothing could have prepared me for the ending.
I can honestly say that I have never read a book like this before, and I applaud both of these authors for taking the risk of how they ended this novel. Personally, I thought it was pure genius because you can't even pick up any hints throughout the book of what the ending is. I know I'm being extremely vague here, but it's best to go into this book completely blind and let yourself be shocked by the ending.
Now, not everyone will love this ending. In fact, a lot of people were very confused by it or thought it was an easy out by the authors. However, I didn't think it was that confusing, nor did I think it was an easy out. I think it was a risk, and for many readers that risk will pay off and leave them with their mouths open and desperate to go back and re-read the book because they want to see if they missed anything or could pick up any subtle clues that were dropped along the way (I was this person haha). Others though will absolutely hate that risk, and end up not liking the book. So the best way to find out?? Read it! The ending made me love the entire book much more than when I was reading it the first time, and during that re-read--and knowing the ending-- it made me truly treasure Josh and Avery's story.
I loved Avery's character. She was sarcastic and a very strong female lead. Josh, who was desperate to go on a single date with Avery, made me crack up time and time again. I loved the lengths he went to just to make her smile. However, the thing I loved most about their relationship was how real it was. They went through normal couple squabbles, and honestly, they reminded me (not completely mind you) of Travis and Abby. That same authentic vibe was there, and it won me over.
Honestly, this is one of those stories that must be read and lived through the characters. All I can tell you is that this is a truly unique experience that you have to discover on your own. While it might not be a hit for everyone, I absolutely loved this book. And if you can get through some of the parts that are just a bit boring, it's very much worth it in the end.