We all make them. Sometimes we break them. But what happens when the promise you break haunts your dreams, when that moment of betrayal echoes within every last beat of your heart?
Love is passionate, painful, and all consuming in the most brutal yet beautiful way. How many people have you said 'I love you' to? Five, ten, maybe no one? I've said that word to two men, but only one where I felt it.
This word sums up my relationship with Nicolas: devastating, painful, depressing.
A first love that should have lasted a lifetime, but I ruined with a stupid decision. Nicolas is my star crossed lover, and even though Shakespeare has taught me that stories such as ours always end in tragedy, I can't not love him, even if I'm married to someone else.
I am at a loss for words on how much I loved this book. It is not an easy read in fact it may be the front runner in all those ugly cry book lists at the end of 2016. It is raw and honest. It makes you think and examine the things you said you would never do and the person you swore you would never become. Because when you have a love like Nic and Peyton, what wouldn't you do to be with that person? They were childhood sweethearts until an argument and a mistake in judgement drive them apart. In Peyton's words, "To know that I fucked up my own fairytale - that's the worst feeling I've ever had." When Peyton's mom passes away, Nic returns for the funeral bringing him back into Peyton's world. I won't summarize the story after that point because its something you should really just experience for yourself. Just know that these characters are not perfect and they make very human decisions and mistakes.
At times I almost felt panicked and had to make myself turn the page. You might think that means this is a horrible book but its exactly the opposite. The author does an incredible job of making you feel Peyton and Nic's emotions. From the first chapter when Peyton loses her mom, I was enthralled with the writing. There is a paragraph at the end of that chapter that so perfectly sums up what I can only imagine to be the feelings at the loss of a mother.
"There is an absence that overwhelms you when you lose your mother, and it's one I can't explain. It's emptiness at its greatest, a chasm ripping through the core of your soul. Your mother is the one person who has been with you throughout your life. Her voice is the first you hear before the world even knows who you are, her heartbeat the song of comfort your life forms to, and when you lose the person who gave you life, a part of you dies along with them."
I don't often bookmark pages and passages in books but I did with ALST. This paragraph I think sums up the book perfectly.
"As much as you may want to, you can't make yourself love someone, and as much as it sucks, you can't make yourself not love someone either. Love is its own fucking beast."
After reading the book, I sent Stevie a message about how much I loved it. She said she was just hoping to live up to the amazing cover and I told her the writing exceeded the beautiful cover. Definitely pick up A Love So Tragic. Its beautifully written and will hook you from the very beginning!
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