To understand the depth of love one must live it. And that’s exactly what happened with this novella. I lived it. Kate and Damian. And now? I get their love. I further understand it. Understand them. That their love didn’t see illness or pain. Their love just is.
“Leukemia is the catalyst that shows the world how wonderful she really is.”
I will admit. I don’t read many novellas. Simply because I want a complete story. Not just part of it. But, Eight Days? It is simply the missing piece I never knew that I needed. Never knew I truly wanted it. Until I finished the last page. I highly recommend that you read Love Always, Kate before picking up Eight Days. This novella gives an insight into eight painful and stressful days that Damian endured as a virus ravages Kate’s already frail body. He battles with staying by her side and running away to Ellie. We all know what happens when he is with Ellie. His broken self looks to her but she can never truly fix his broken pieces. It is more clearer that time with Ellie breaks him even more, and he looks to Kate to mend every single piece. He only finds solace with her. His heart is with Kate. Always. Despite his actions. He is almost afraid to love her, but his love for her is stronger than fear.
“I just know that when I’m with her, it feels like she’s beginning to piece me back together.”
If you thought you understood the love Damian has for Kate, you are sadly mistaken. You watch him struggle with himself, you feel his ups and downs. You endure his pain with him. You simply LIVE his pain. You LIVE his love. He feels a pull towards Ellie, because of his brother. But that’s the thing about love. Love triumphs everything. Especially the love he has for Kate. He loves Kate, with his entire being. He loves Kate with conviction. He loves her with everything. Her illness makes her no less desirable. He sees her heart and he wants nothing more than to be loved by it.
“I know you think you’re broken, but you’re not. You are so fucking far from being broken, baby. So far. Me on the other hand? Well I see you and you make me less broken.”
Eight Days is in no way a retelling of a part of Love Always, Kate. It is simply done in Damian’s POV and adds a refreshing and honest side to their love story. The author never holds back. Damian’s every thought, good, bad, selfish are all out on display. This raw and genuine novella not only added a different view of their story, but it added layers that I never knew existed. Damian’s POV hurts. It’s not rainbows and butterflies. It’s the truth. It further solidified the reasoning of this story of Kate and Damian truly being one of my favorites of all time.
“This girl. This beautiful, sick girl wants me. Me. Messed-up, broken, undeserving me.”
Eight Days truly stole my heart. It beats over this story an entire day later. All I want to do is love Damian harder than I ever did. Because I get it. Were his actions justified? No. But his love for Kate far surpasses anything I’ve ever read. Ever. Their love challenges. Their love overcomes. Now that I’ve pretty much poured my all into this review, and as I wipe the tears away, I have to ask the author...can I have my heart back?