Reading this book made my heart break in ways I can't imagine. You may be thinking "man, this book sounds terrible if it broke your heart", but you're wrong! I felt excitement, sadness, nervousness, and of course like I said in the first sentence, heartbreak. Jennifer L. Armentrout once again made an amazing book. I just wanted to also let you know, I do read other books from different authors, it just happens that I finished these two around the same time :)
Mallory or "mouse" is one of the protagonist. She was someone who was always quiet and did what she was told. I mean that's great and all, but I don't think that's a great way to live life. Growing up a foster child she was placed into a home with another child, Rider Stark, where they were treated terribly. Because of all the horrific incidents that happened in her childhood, she just learned to stay quiet. Rider was always there for her and protected her whenever something bad happened.
Mallory is now in her senior year and she is going to a high school for the first time. It's not what you're thinking, she was adopted by good doctors and wanted to try out the actual school thing besides being homeschooled. She has not seen Rider for years and out of the blue they are going to the same school and have a class or two together! Like what?!
Rider has not had the best of a life, but he is happy. Don't get me wrong, he is out of the house that made his life miserable, but he hasn't been adopted, but living in a nice foster home. But, since his stay he made a few mistakes and learned from them, but unfortunately his younger "brother" didn't learn soon enough.
There is a lot of symbolism in this story and I loved it, mainly the butterfly. When I started the first chapter I thought that it was cute that there was a butterfly. Once I started getting deeper into the story it all started coming together and it all made sense. I took it as the butterfly was Mallory's confidence. In the story she started carving a butterfly out of soap, but stopped because she was feeling down and lost her confidence, but then one day when she was feeling good and confident in herself, she finished the butterfly and kind of became a new person.
This book is amazing and I recommend it to anyone who wants a good romance with lot's of drama. This book will leave you with so many emotions and will leave a great message behind.