Roxanne Daniels was supposed to be spending her summer getting ready to head off to Julliard. That was the plan.
But that was before– Before she found her mother’s lifeless body– Before she walked in on her boyfriend in bed with someone else. Before she knew what heart shattering pain felt like.
Now all she wants is for the pain to go away. But it never does.
Until him. A complete stranger who could end up being much more.
But letting go and moving on is easier said than done.
5++ emotional STARS!!!
Can I get a standing O for Reylynn Purdue?!! This book pulled from me some conflicting emotions! It just kept coming and all I could do was stand there. I finished this about a week ago and I can’t stop thinking about it. Can’t stop needing more. More of the poetically written book, strongly developed characters, and profound feelings. Just WOW.
This book has a lot going on. From devastating circumstances, as outlined in the blurb, to a beautiful growth of a lovely girl. A girl who has to put herself back together from all she’s been through. There was a cheating ex-boyfriend, a terrific big brother, a long-time crush, a super best friend, and a hot surfer guy. But my review touches on the feelings that poured from my soul as I read it.
Without You was sweet, beautiful, heart wrenching. Roxy, our heroine, was stunningly broken. She’d seen horrific things and witnessed a betrayal she’d never thought possible. I wanted to jump in the pages and rescue her from the emotional turmoil playing on repeat in her mind. I was heartbroken, angry, and in tears for her. But she was also unbelievably strong – she was just too afraid to let it all go.
“I used to be happy. I used to be a whole person. Now, I was just a broken mess.”
Seriously pulling at the heart-strings people! Roxy had only her best friend, Tonya, and her over protective, over bearing, well meaning older brother, Ryan, as her go to. She didn’t want to worry Tonya and didn’t want to pour out her thoughts and emotions to the one person that loved her unconditionally – Ryan.
“…I saw how much my depression-induced seclusion was affecting everyone else. I didn’t want them to worry about me I was broken, they couldn’t change that. The were was no reason to pull them into my misery.”
She was 18. But such an old soul. I just kept thinking, ‘oh my, she’s going to fall apart at any moment and what will happen then’. Roxy kept everyone at arms length. Sometimes father. Keeping everyone locked out and when they did attempt closeness – she would push them away.
“I told you I wasn’t going to stop wanting more, but here you go again, pushing me away when I remind you what I want. You are always pushing me away.”
But through all that grunge and grime there was a strong woman ready to take flight. I could see there was a brightness to her like a ‘diamond in the rough’. It’s not all doom and gloom, she did liven up at certain parts of the book. But she had all these layers of truths coming to light. It was like confetti and it just kept covering her with more questions than answers. I was overwhelmed and on the edge of my seat devouring every page.
“My mom was never coming back. I could never un-break my heart. I was never going to be the whole person I once had been. I was a shadow of my former self, and more and more pieces fell off every day.”
Roxy had to make some really tough decisions near the end. This is where you get your tissues people. She broke my heart – but I was so damn proud of her for taking the ‘adult’ route. To know what she needs to find herself and not just what she wants. Ugh!!
Seriously perfectly written! And really?!! I did not know this ended – I won’t say cliffhanger but obviously unfinished!!
And behold!! A second book coming soon!! And I’ve got my one-click finger ready…And impatiently waiting!!