*I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*
Do you know what your breaking point is? Would it be the unexpected death of a parent? Would it be your true love who takes away life as you know it and shatters your heart beyond repair? Or would it be from a tragic accident that you leaves you filled with regret for the rest of your life? I am convinced we all have a breaking point, but thankfully most of us will likely never reach it. Because as you read in this story, it’s not always easy or even possible to find your way back.
Breaking Nova is the story of two young people that fight to deal with the heartache of the unfortunate incidences in their lives and the paths that they choose in dealing with them. When Nova meets Quinton, she sees something familiar in him. An artist, a boy filled with pain and the same emptiness in his eyes that she once saw in someone she loved. She thinks she can save him in a way that she couldn’t save the one before him. But in order to save him, she has to first be able to save herself.
When Quinton meets Nova, she stirs feelings in him that he hasn’t felt in a long time. He wants to get to know her, but his guilt about those feelings and the promises he made to another girl are holding him back. He doesn’t think he deserves to be happy and he is determined to suffer until the day he dies. Quinton was already on a downward spiral, filling his body with toxic drugs hoping the next time would be his last. Nova had her own drug free way of dealing with her issues. Until her friend Delilah starts dragging her to her boyfriend, Dylan’s trailer, where everyone smokes pot. Nova finally decides to give in and try it because she’s always been told that she’s too good for it, and she’s tired of being too good. Her tools for coping with her issues are now replaced with the numbness of what pot does to her jumbled thoughts about life in her head and she likes it.
Together Quinton and Nova start to develop a friendship, one that she feels safe in. They start to develop feeling, ones that he feels guilty for. With summer winding down, the friends decide to take a road trip to an outdoor concert festival. After a night of drinking and pot smoking, a certain chain of events brings on the courage Nova has been lacking for a very long time. She does something that has been haunting her, and this one little thing is the difference between her choosing to live and choosing to continue down the path of self-destruction she’s been on.
Nova cleans her herself up, determined to live and goes back to college. But once again summer break is upon her, and she realises in order to finish there, she needs something from Quinton. But is it too late? Is he already too far gone? Can she make it back in time to save him?
Once again Jessica has left me hanging. I’m not saying that is a bad thing, but I do wish I could scoop Quinton up and give him that loving family that he deserves. And even though the story of Nova and Quinton is fictional, it makes me think of what I would do for myself or any child in this situation. I wonder if it really is that easy to give up on someone, or to give up on yourself. I hope I am never given the chance to find out.
I’m really hoping for a HEA for Quinton, but one of these days I feel like it’ll be that book that doesn’t give it to me. I don’t even care if their HEA is with each other, I just want them to be safe and happy. Please, Jessica, hurry up and save them!!