20 de novembro de 2019
Seriously, what can I say about this book? I can't put into words how I feel, Brittainy outdid herself... but then again, it was Brittainy, the same author who wrote my favorite series (The Elements), so it wasn't a completely surprise.
I first read Eleanor & Grey and while I liked the story, it can't even compare to Landon & Shay. This book has so much depth and the way Brittainy writes makes you feel it all: you'll laugh & cry, you'll feel fulfilled & frustrated, you'll smile & frown and you'll break down, but you certainly will rise again.
I think I never cheered and liked and fell in love with a couple more than with them! They are in high school, but at the same time, they are so mature (especially Shay) that you often forget about that part.
Landon, ohhh Landon, what can I say about a boy who feels everything, who helps everyone, who gives and gives and gives, but it has nothing given to him in return? What can I say about a boy with a golden heart, that is so lost he thinks he doesn't have a heart at all? What can I say about a boy who is surrounded by people but have always felt lonely? This is Landon, one of the most beautiful, intriguing, charming, complex and captivating man I have ever read about.
Then we have Shay, beautiful-free-spirit Shay. I've never seen myself being represented so much in one character as I was seeing in Shay, so let me make this very clear: I see you Shay and, mostly, I FEEL YOU. Everything she was feeling, every reaction she had, every thought and action, I FELT HER, because it was exaclty what I was feeling. I first fell in love with her when, in the beginning of the book, she went to a party and said to her friend Tracey who was preoccupied with her oufit "You could be completely nude, and it still wouldn't give a guy the right to touch you." THIS!!! This is what girls should think! Girls should always support each other, and that was THE moment for me, the moment I saw she wasn't just a typical goody-two-shoes virgin-who-lacks-a-backbone kind of girl. She was herself, inexperient but cofident, self-assured but compassionate, virgin but not naive, and she was good, the kind of good that isn't fleeting, the kind that always help people that she loves, the genuine kind.
Last but not least we have their love, and what a ride was to fall in love with them, to experience it! It's obvious since the beginning of the book they always had atraction towards each other, but to witness their love growing with each interaction, each speak, each look and touch was one of the most pure things I have ever read. This isn't a insta-love kind of story, it's a real & raw love, one that happens only once in your life kind of story.
Landon & Shay isn't a standalone book, but for the book 1 the story is well developed, well paced and the arc is concluded; we have the beginning, the middle and the end of the story for the first part (the present). This book has two POV – one from Landon, the other from Shay – that I think it’s crucial for the story, in order to fall in love with them, we have to completely understand the context.
I can't wait to read the second book and see what the future holds for this amazing couple. So, thank you Brittainy for this gift, for making us fall in love with each character individually and then with their love story.