Thoughtful is the highly anticipated novel that gives us Thoughtless in Kellan’s Point of View. Thoughtless is one of my favourite angsty books of all time so even though I normally avoid the retelling of books like the plague, I really wanted to be able to feel Kellan’s pain through his own eyes.
The book starts a few weeks before he meets Keira and we are reacquainted with Pete’s Bar, The D-Bags and all the people that we grew to love in the Thoughtless trilogy. This is where we begin to feel the loneliness that Kellan has been experiencing all his life, with snippets from his past with his parents and the reasons that he feels the need to bed any attractive woman that shows an interest. Kellan just want’s to feel an emotional connection and be loved.
When Denny and Keira move into Kellan’s house we watch him fall more and more in love with the girl that he can’t have without betraying his best friend.
There were some great moments, my heart broke for Kellan all over again as Keira constantly chooses Denny over him and I really came to understand his motives for treating Keira the was he did when she hurt him and Keira made me feel just as annoyed at her as I did the first time round.
My reason for not rating this book higher was the length, I felt that it dragged in parts, probably because I have read it all before but Kellan seemed to have very detailed thoughts that really could have been condensed down a bit. I found myself skimming certain scenes in order to get to the juicy bits.
If you are a Kellan fan, it’s definitely worth a read just to get inside his head and spend some more time with one of the best Rockstar book boyfriends of all time.
Whilst this can be technically read as a standalone, I would recommend reading Thoughtless first for the full angst effect.
ARC gratefully received from Little, Brown Book Group UK in exchange for an honest review