Holy crap, here we go on Mira & Six’s long tumultuous journey. It’s dark and mysterious, and it involves a little bit of everything, including drug use, and some hysterical dramatics. BUT, the Incredible writing will pull you through every part of this crazy ride.
What starts out as an organized fake relationship to help Six turns into much more in this sexy, volatile, puzzling story about two people who seemingly need nobody. Mira has no job, she’s a thief and a drug addict. But Six sees something in her, something broken, but also Beautiful. It was such a wonder to me why Six sought Mira out the way he did. I knew there must be a reason, but when it all became clear, it was delicate and precious and everything that you’d wish for in a man.
“It was in that moment, with his bare arms along mine, with his hands washing my skin, his eyes locking with mine and his mouth silent, that I understood intimacy for the very first time in my life.”
Mira’s life was in dire circumstances of her own volition, and Six, oh Six. He just cared, he gave, he fed, he paid. This man would do anything for this woman and it’s like I almost couldn’t believe it. But I did. I believed it so hard because I couldn’t NOT. The way he took care of Mira was unequivocal. It was sweet and tender, but also rough when it needed to be. Every man should love that unconditionally. Even though Mira constantly fought him, Six never deterred. She would punch and scream and yet, he stayed, knowing the problem wasn’t surface level. Talk about never giving up, this man is just dreamy.
“I like being around you.”
“Because you’re invigorating. Because you’re exhausting.”
I spent more than half of the book having mixed feelings about Mira. She’s just so damn selfish and stubborn and then she turns around and does the sweetest thing ever. And as aggravated as this made me I realized that is exactly how she’s supposed to be because of her mental illness. The way she navigates this illness, and the fact that she lets Six help her was just beautiful and very moving. And that alone is what pushed me through, because this story isn’t pretty. It’s raw, and painful and it really isn’t a book I’d read if I wanted to feel good. YET, I did. I’m not sure how, but by the end I was a complete mess and I had so much hope, not just for the fictional characters of our world but for the millions of people who suffer from mental illness around the world. The author paints a strait forward, sincere picture of what these people go through and I now have a newfound compassion for their struggles.
Seeing the struggles that Mira was accustomed to was heartbreaking. I can’t remember reading a female character that flawed before, and I really connected with her. Not because we have anything in common, but because I could feel her pain and turmoil like it was stabbing me in the heart. She went through SO much and grew attachments to things that were eventually just taken away from her. I can’t imagine myself in her shoes, but I had tremendous empathy for her character. If I’m honest, I wasn’t feeling great thoughts about this book most of the way through, yet I never once thought to not finish it. It’s almost as if I knew that I’d fall in love with every part of it, but I wouldn’t realize that until the end. And yep, that’s exactly what happened. Look, this book isn’t for everyone, I didn’t think it was for me! But it was for me, and it’s for a lot of people who will need it without even realizing. I’m enamored by Whitney Barbetti’s writing, and I can't wait for book two!
About The Author
Whitney Barbetti is really, truly awful at writing in the third person, so we're just going to change this bio up a bit and write it as first person.
I am married with two boys. When I'm not changing diapers or cutting food into tiny bites, I escape to Starbucks for hours. My blood pressure actually drops the moment I walk in, hear the baristas call my name, and inhale the aroma of coffee beans. And I don't even like coffee.
I love music and have a playlist for everything. Queen is my very favorite.
I like watching creepy shows when I am home alone but then I instantly regret them once my mind starts breeding irrational fears. I try to channel my fears into my books as a way to cope.
I have about 20 bacon things in my fridge.
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