This book is one of the best I've read. I finished is last night and I still don't have the right words to describe it.
It had everything I loved in a book and even more than I was hoping to get.
Exquisitely written, the plot was poignant, compelling, bittersweet and so captivating. I devoured this book and I'm still hungry for more.
Frankie Leigh is wild, caring, nurturing and a force of nature. She is this free spirit that calls to you, she has a strength you can't deny but follow around, craving more. She is so genuine, forgiving, a rock in all her vulnerability. She loves with everything she has, because she doesn't know another way to love.
And she loves Evan. Her favorite. Her froggy boy. Her dream man.
Evan is special for so many reasons. I fell in love with him in Follow Me Back, somehow relating to his pain, his disability, his constant fear for the future. I understand first hand all of that. And now, reading a hero that faces all of that is so powerful and empowering. Just writing about it right know brings unshed tears to my eyes.
He was this selfless and broken hero, desperate for love, craving it so deeply, but claiming he wasn't good enough, when, in fact, he was just perfect the way he is. Pure, kind, sweet, loving with the same force, willing to sacrifice his happiness thinking that would take the burden from his loved ones.
He only needed to understand that loving him and caring for him was never a burden, it was freeing and beautiful and magical.
After making a big mistake by walking away, he seeks his family again for help. More than help, he finds all that love waiting for him, so ready to forgive, so willing to pour.
Even with all the danger that surrounds them, their love speaks louder, it signs undeniably in a way that he can hear .
For so many times I had unshed tears in my eyes. Feeling their grief and their dispair. Feeling their fears and hopes. Feeling their unquestionable love. And all of that since their childhood.
I think I never loved so much the memories an author wrote in a book. Everytime she told us about them in the past, my heart would soar. Frankie willing to give him all her hearts, Evan trying to protect her from the future, both of them unable to deny and hide their love. Such a strong connection you only hope and wish you could find someday.
Their hearts, as broken and severed as they literally could be, were oh so full of love.
Because in all the ugliness and uncertainty of life, with all the grief and pain they had to endure, with all the story and loyalty they shared, they learnt how to hold on to hope and love .