Talania - A Trip Down Memory Lane by Crystal Spears Blog Stop
*ARC Provided for honest review*
"Hi, I'm Evelyn." She sticks her beautiful tanned hand out to shake mine. I am dumbfounded, at a loss for words. I mean, I just hit this girl in the head with a volleyball and she is being polite.
"Um, sorry about the volleyball. I'm Tristan." I shake her hand in return and the air around us crackles and pops. I pull my hand back quickly. What the hell was that?
"Well, Tristan, next time try not hitting a girl in the head with the volleyball when you're ogling her." My mouth drops open. I am busted.
"I…I…I'm sorry." I mean, what the fuck else is there to say?
"It's all right." She laughs and it is such a beautiful laugh.
"So how old are you Tristan? You look like you're around seventeen." She cocks her head to stare back at me.
"I'm…I'm fifteen," I stammer out. What in the hell is wrong with me?
"Well, you look older. I'm fourteen. It was nice meeting you Tristan." She points to a beach house. "That's where I'm staying if you ever want to visit." With that, she walks away, her beautiful long chocolate brown hair waving in the wind.
I glance down, pulling her hand to me. The air crackles and pops at the first touch of her skin against mine. It's as if I can breathe again. Four years of air rush into my lungs at once, overwhelming me. I look closely at the symbol on the bracelet. I can't breathe. This cannot be what I think it is. Tears are stinging my fucking eyes. This cannot be happening.
"This…this is a cancer survivor bracelet," I whisper.
I look up into Ev's beautiful chestnut eyes and she nods, releasing my grip and lifting her hair as she tilts her head. Three long scars hide underneath her hair.
"Brain cancer. I had a tumor, and it came back three times. I can't remember the years from when I was fourteen up until nineteen," she whispers, letting her hair fall back down.
Drake and I gasp at the same time. This whole time I thought she left me, left us, and she was fucking dying of cancer. I cannot breathe. Someone needs to get me some fucking air. I eye the tequila, hesitating before I start downing it straight from the bottle. After I am satisfied, I let the bottle slip from my lips.
I don't think I can yet process what this book did to me emotionally. I started reading this sitting in the waiting room of a doctor's office. I am not kidding when I tell you I had to stop reading, 50 pages in and I was already in tears. I had to close the book and take a walk for fear of busting out in tears in public, and people looking at me like I was crazy. I know the topic of Cancer hits home with most of us, but this, what Ev has to face as a young woman ... no words. Not one word that I can think of can explain how much of an emotional heart wrenching story this was. It was a good heart wrenching story. No good doesn't even cover it. It was outstanding. I was sucked in after chapter one. I could not put this book down. I was sucked into my own little bubble on the roller coaster ride of Ev and Tristan. What a wonderful ride it was. I had to know how their story would play out. I had to know if she was going to fight these battles and win. Could their relationship withstand reliving the past, and creating a new future at the same time? Ev is amazing. I have no other words for anyone that is a Cancer Survivor. You all are amazing. Hands down. And our Tristan, I think he could be Man of the Year. My heart broke during this story... and not once, I am pretty sure it broke multiple times. I was in tears, multiple times. Literally. And not the pretty cry with one or two tear drops, I mean I was an ugly crier.
Not only did my heart break for Ev and her battle, but for Tristan and Drake, their friends, her dad, his parents. All of them. Everyone who was affected by what happened. To have your soul mate ripped away and not ever knowing, and suffering that heart ache only to run into her at a bar, at college, years later and she doesn't remember you... HEART BREAK. Finding out what she went through without you, HEART BREAK. The vow, the vow to make her love him again. SWOON. I think I fell in love with him at that moment. I fell in love with this book after paragraph one. I can't say enough good things about this book. It was just amazing.
I give this book 5/5 hearts
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