I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
Words cannot express my love for the first book in this series, Normal. So I literally counted down the days until the release of Okay. Not kidding. I really did. Sam and Rory’s story was so moving. And I knew I needed to continue their story. While worried, I had faith in their love and all it was capable of. Their love truly attests to not only the power in love, but in the resiliency of the human heart and spirit.
“I know, deep in my bones, that if there is such thing as soul mates, then Sam is that for me.”
Okay picks up where Normal left off. That letter shattered Sam’s heart. He is left confused as the one person who he loves more than anyone else continues to push him away. As he pushes harder with his love, Rory pushes against him because of her love for him. She allows her insecurities of her past to take over. She feels that she can only bring him pain, heartache, and trouble. But Rory doesn’t understand that Sam needs her to breathe. That without her, pain is constant. And she is the only healing for his broken heart.
“Love is scary. But not as scary as living without the one person who makes your life worth living.”
Life isn’t the same for Rory and Sam after what happened on their trip. My heart shattered for them both. You felt how much it hurt for them to be apart. You feel the huge sense of loss. Rory and Sam never knew how lost they truly were until they found each other. Rory, a girl so consumed by her past never thought she was going to be normal. But because of Sam she learned how to open her heart, her mind, her spirit. And because of Rory, Sam learned that even in darkness, light is possible. And his light for Rory would forever burn.
“Sam is my anchor.”
If you truly thought you understood the depths of their love, you truly have no idea of that until you’ve read this book. No. Idea. Their love was magical, powerful, spellbinding. Despite them being apart, their love never wavered. Never faltered. Their love was constant. If anything it felt stronger. So much happens as their journey continues, and I do not want to spoil it for any reader. Once again, the author takes you on their journey. And putting down the book will not be an option. Every character will touch you in many ways.
“I am lost to him. I never want to be found.”
The writing was seamless. This time around the author brilliantly added another level to her style of writing as she fully immersed us in Sam and Rory’s story and all they faced to overcome. There was a lot of growth in the characters in Okay compared to Normal. Rory lives a life of guilt. Over her past. Over her present. Over the future she should have with Sam. You feel her inner struggle to deal with it while loving Sam with her entire being. You will feel her desire for him. And that right there is when you understand her reasoning for everything. You are not reading her story, you are living her story as she is.
“And while her heart has a past, mine has known only her, will only ever know her.”
There are books that you read. And there are books that stay in your heart. Okay is THAT book. It’s touching, heartbreaking, yet moving. It is a story of love, loss, and hope. It reminds you that no matter what obstacle, life puts in your way, always believe in love. For love knows no boundaries, it shatters them. Rory is a character that will remain in my heart because of her bravery and her will not only to live again, but to love. And she loved loudly. And Sam? My love for him is forever. He loved a broken girl through shattered pieces. He loved her until she was whole again. And he just loved her more. I am forever grateful to this author for bringing such a story like this into my life. Love always. Love hard. Above all things, always choose love.
Danielle Pearl is a novelist focusing on the New Adult genre. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and two delicious little boys, and has been writing since she could hold a pencil. Danielle is a book addict and spends every free moment consuming as many novels as humanly possible. She grew up on Long Island with her parents, twin brother, and younger brother and sister who are also twins. She is the eldest granddaughter of Zus Bielski, famous for leading the Bielski Partisans who saved over 1,200 Jewish men, women, & children in Nazi occupied Poland. Her grandparents and family were featured in the 2010 film Defiance, starring Liev Schreiber, who played Danielle's grandfather, Daniel Craig, and Jamie Bell, and was directed by Edward Zwick.