★★★★ 4.5 Stars ★★★★
This was an incredible story about two kids who are lucky enough to find each other, two souls who are meant to be. This is also a story about depression and how heartbreaking it is for everyone involved. Told in Mary Elizabeths’ unique style of writing, it takes us on a journey from childhood to adulthood and all the trials and tribulations of young love when faced with something most kids never have to worry about.
When Dillon Decker meets Penelope Finnel at 12 years old, he is instantly smitten by the girl who hides behind her coloured sunglasses and his protector skills soon come into play when he realises she is not like most girls.
“Don’t you get it Dillon?
There’s a reason why you’re my only friend.
Why haven’t you figured this out yet?”
Penelope is sad sometimes, and Dillon feels it’s his job to make her smile, and when he does he feels like the King of the world. For a young boy, turning man, he is an old soul who will do anything for the girl next door. But is it ever enough?
I loved Dillon, his love for Pen was fierce and it was hard to watch him suffer when his girl was going through so much turmoil. Pen was a girl going through so much pain, and never felt good enough for the boy who always tried to make sure she got out of bed in the mornings and brushed her hair.
There was angst, especially when we got to their late teenage years, and I literally had to stop reading because I was extremely nervous as to where this story might be leading, but then my heart slowly got put back together and I was happy again.
If you were a fan of Dusty, then you won’t be disappointed. This was a fabulous first solo novel from Mary Elizabeth that will take you back to your childhood, and all the emotional anxiety that comes with your first love.
“Inhaling a deep breath, I go to her.
That’s what I’ve always done.
For her, I will stay awake forever.”
One more thing, the Epilogue = The Best!
This is a stand-alone novel, told in dual POV.
ARC gratefully received from the author in exchange for an honest review