I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
“The tricky thing about fear is: It wears a different mask every day.”
So the blurb. It doesn’t do this story any justice. It doesn’t describe the shear genius of this book. It doesn’t tell you that you become emotionally invested in every single character. This book? It MOVED me.
“You’re like this box of surprises. No, you’re like the moon; part of you is always hidden. away.”
Luna doesn't do feelings. She coasts through life merely existing, not really living. She is counting down the days until her eighteenth birthday so she can leave the awful place she calls home. With her unconventional job there is no room for emotions or even friends. Except her cousin, Jake. He is her best friend. Her only friend. Luna has piercings, colored hair, and has tattoos. This is all to keep people away. But Luna has so many layers. While her heart is hardened, the most gentle, beautiful person still lives inside of her. And she soon learns that this girl is just waiting to come back out.
“Caleb fell into my life, like an asteroid dropping from the sky. Suddenly, ferociously.”
Enter Caleb. He literally falls into Luna’s life. He doesn’t see past her. He sees her. And Luna is scared. She doesn’t want to be seen. She wants to remain invisible. Why would someone like Caleb want to pursue her? He is popular, wealthy, and his family, influential. He has a lot to live up to. But Caleb is so much more than his family or family name. He sees something in Luna and wants to know more. Caleb is relentless. He doesn’t give up. He pushes his way into her life. Their banter is hilarious. I caught myself smiling, laughing over this book.
“You’re the purest, most genuine thing that ever happened to me.”
Luna is hesitant to be around Caleb as his presence tends to make her want to feel everything rather than run. But what she doesn’t realize is that Caleb recognized his soul in hers. That his heart found his missing piece in her. She also doesn't realize that her blackened heart wants nothing more than to be loved by Caleb. You feel his lifeless soul come alive the moment he meets Luna. Despite Luna’s darkness, Caleb sees her light and he stops at nothing to make her see it too She cannot deny the pull she feel towards him. Her heart doesn’t feel as heavy. Life isn’t so bad when he’s near. He makes her want to live, rather than simply exist. But with a life full of sorrow, love only brings heart break. And she knows heartbreak and sorrow all too well.
“When Caleb’s arms had been around me, my chest felt less hollow, and my soul was no longer dreary.”
Can we talk about the writing? OH THE WORDS. They are beautiful, and poetic in nature. Their declarations of love? They made my heart sing. Consumed me. I felt the words, the emotion, the pain, and joy behind those words. This is so much more than outcast girl falls for popular boy. It goes deeper than that. The author effortlessly weaves a story that is unlike any other I have ever read. It’s not your cookie cutter romance story. Luna’s story will break your heart, maybe even your spirit. You feel for her and understand the choices she has made. You watch her life less soul come alive.
“I loved him with madness and delirium, music and heartbeat. Time with him was morphine, bliss, shooting stars, and bursts of energy.”
Luna and Caleb love with a love something fierce. Their love is powerful. It transcends. Their love represents hope. It reminds you that even in darkness, love always exists. For love is light. Caleb loves Luna with conviction. He loves her with an intensity that cannot be described in words. And Luna? Her heart beat simply speaks her words of love for Caleb.
“Without you, I’m condemned to a lonely existence. To a meaningless life. You are entwined with the deepest parts of me. You are ingrained in my body, mind, and soul.”
Fall Out Girl clearly demonstrates the resiliency of the human spirit, and one’s heart, and what they are capable of. Caleb and Luna’s story is not an easy one. Their journey had many obstacles. But their love knows no boundaries. Their love shatters them.
I have found that there is only one thing better than reading, and that is writing. I’m always torn between the two. I’m also frequently torn between chocolate and coffee. However, I emphatically don’t like the month of February, lies, and flies. For me, bravery is defined by the courage to do what we fear the most. I live in Connecticut with my husband and two children. Drop a few lines. I would love to hear from you.
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