on March 25, 2016
There once was a boy, and I loved him.
Logan Francis Silverstone was the complete opposite of me. I danced while he stood still. He was quiet, and I was always running my mouth. He struggled to find a smile while I refused to frown.
The night I saw the darkness that truly lived inside of him, I couldn’t look away.
We were broken together, yet somehow whole. We were wrong together, but always right. We were the stars that burned across the night sky, searching for a wish, praying for better tomorrows.
Until the day I lost him. I threw us away with one hasty decision—a decision that changed us forever.
There once was a boy, and I loved him.
And for a few breaths, a few whispers, a few moments, I think he loved me, too.
Book #2 in the Romance Elements Series.
“For always, Lo.”
5 huge “For Always” Stars
There are no words to describe how much I loved this book. This is easily one of my favorite books this year. I loved everything, the story, the writing, the characters, every single thing. Brittainy Cherry is so talented, her writing is gorgeous and her characters are always so raw and real, it is impossible not to have all the feels while reading this book. Anyway, a day later I’m still thinking about how beautiful this was and I have so many quotes highlighted I don’t know what to do with myself!Alyssa (High) and Logan (Lo) meet at the grocery store checkout line as teenagers and become fast friends even though they have very different upbringings. Alyssa came from money and Logan had it very rough. Logan’s house situation is heartbreaking and as a result he’s such a tortured soul that believes to be unworthy of love.
“Alyssa was a good girl, and I was the boy who never had a chance of calling her mine. Even though sometimes I’d look at her crazy, blonde, curly hair and my mind would think about what it’d be like to maybe hold her close and slowly taste her lips. Maybe in a different world, I would’ve been enough for her. Maybe I wouldn’t have been screwed up since I was a kid, and would’ve had my life together. I would’ve gotten into college and had a career, something to show for myself. Then, I could’ve asked her out and took her to some fancy restaurant, and told her to order anything on the menu because money wasn’t an issue.”
Even though they seem different, High and Lo have lots in common and their friendship is beautiful.
“She was my best friend, the highlight to my shitty days.”
“She came from a lifestyle where fancy dinners were normal, I came from a world where dinner wasn’t always available.”
“We kept the conversation going all night long. I fed her raspberries while she fed me her dreams. She fed me raspberries while I fed her my fears. We stared out at the night sky, feeling safe and free for a while.”
Eventually their friendship turns into love and it’s freaking beautiful!
“I used to wonder how one knew they were falling in love. What were the signs? The clues? Did it take time or was it one full sweep? Did a person wake one morning, drink their coffee, and then stare at the person sitting across from them and surrender completely to the free fall? But now I knew. A person didn’t fall in love. They dissolved into it. One day you were ice, the next day, a puddle.”
“We were closer than I ever knew any people to ever be. He was a part of me in every way possible, our lives twining together as if we were one flame burning together in the dark of the night. When he felt like crying, the tears always came from my eyes first. When his heart wanted to break, mine shattered. You’re my best friend.”
Without giving much away, they still have issues, mostly because of Lo’s problems with addiction and High’s family not approving of her relationship. Eventually something happens that separates them and Lo leaves town.
The second part of the story, the second chance part, picks up five years later when Lo comes back to town for a special reason and reconnects with his High. There is a thematic of high and lows throughout the book, every moment of happiness they find, it seems to be overshadowed by moments of sadness, so they both have to work really hard for the HEA.
“For a moment we were us again. For a moment she was the fire that kept my cold heart warm at night. For a moment she was my savior. My safe haven. My bright, beautiful High. But after the highs, always came the lows.”
I loved both main characters. Alyssa was such a beautiful person and such a bright light, she loved Lo unconditionally and believed in him enough for both of them. And Lo, he was such a wonderful, tortured soul and a victim of his circumstances. He has some moments when I just wanted to slap him, but he redeems himself in the best of ways.
“The truth is I want you. I want you back in my life, in all ways and more. I can’t stop thinking about you, High. Not to escape reality, but to embrace it. You’re my heart. You’re my soul. I want you. All of you. And more than anything right now, I want to kiss you.”
“Lo…” Her voice was shaky. “You’re still the first person I think of when I wake up. You’re still the one that I miss when you’re not beside me. You’re still the only thing that ever felt right to me. And if I were honest, I’d say that I want you to kiss me. I’ve wanted you to kiss me all my life.”
I also loved Lo’s brother Kellan, he and Alyssa’s sister Erika play huge roles throughout the book. Overall, this book is happy and sad, amazing and heartbreaking, raw and real. But above all this book is full of hope. Hope that people can change, hope that loves conquers all and hope that there will be better days in the future. And the epilogue is simply perfection. Needless to say, I wholeheartedly recommend this book, it brings all the feels and the writing is gorgeous. You won’t be disappointed!
“Because at the end of the day, we’re all lost. We’re all cracked. We’re all scarred. We’re all broken. We’re all just trying to figure out this thing called life, you know? Sometimes it feels so lonely, but then you remember your core tribe. The people who sometimes hate you, but never stop loving you. The people who always show up, no matter how many times you’ve fucked up and pushed them away. That’s your tribe. These people, these struggles, this is my tribe. So yeah, we fall apart, but we’ll fall together. We’ll stand up—together. Then, at the end of all the bullshit, all of the tears, all of the hurt, we’ll take a few steps at a time. Then we’ll take a few deep breaths, and we’ll walk each other home.”