It was a hot summer day when I met him on the construction site next to my parents’ house. Under the sweat and dirt, Manning Sutter was as handsome as the sun was bright. He was older, darker, experienced. I wore a smiley-face t-shirt and had never even been kissed. Yet we saw something in each other that would link us in ways that couldn’t be broken…no matter how hard we tried.
I loved Manning before I knew the meaning of the word. I was too young, he said. I would wait. Through all the carefully-chosen words hiding what we knew to be true, through his struggle to keep me innocent, and through infinitely-starry nights—I would wait. But I’d learn that life isn’t always fair. That no matter how much you achieve, none of it matters if you suffer the heartbreak that comes with falling for someone you can never have. Because even though I saw Manning first, that didn’t matter. My older sister saw him next.
Initial Cover Thoughts:
The cover was sweet and simple. The synopsis grabbed me by the arm and dragged me to get my credit card and order this. It just sounded like such an girly read with a forbidden romance.. totally up my ally.
Read and Reviewed:
I loved it. It had some flaws and sometimes I wanted to smack everyone but I really enjoyed the story and have been highly anticipating the sequel. Why? Because it leaves you with somewhat of a cliffhanger that you want to throw the book or iPad across the room because it’s not May and the sequel is not out yet and you want to know what will happen next. Holy mother of run-on sentences. haha.
The book is true to the synopsis. Lake (16) meets Manning (23), a young construction worker, and she develops a fast crush. The writer wrote her so well. I could read the story and feel like I was Lake and allow the nostalgia of youth and innocence make me see her way of things. She’s a good girl but she’s also naive to the way of the real world and the consequences that await our actions.
Manning is a gentlemen. I feel like that needs to be said because there is such an age difference between them. He’s not creepy or anything.
The sister is a riot. She could be mean, bitchy, kind and then back to being manipulative. But I liked her. As you read the story you can kind of understand why she is the way she is and why the two sisters are so different.
I’d say 1/4 of the book takes place at a summer camp and the nostalgia of 80s and 90s movies (as book one starts out in 1993) was fantastic and bumped this book from a 4.5 to a 5 hearts for me. I would definitely recommend it.
*MARKED: FAVORITE READ*
“There are not enough stars in the sky for me to rate how much I adored this nostalgic and forbidden read.”
– Girl Jay, Love Story Reads (Blog Review)
“Some invisible tether existed between us. Nobody could see it, not even us, but I felt it. I was sure Manning did, too. As long as we both knew it, that was enough for me. For now, at least.”
Ten Keywords To Describe This Book:
Age, Forbidden, Rivalry, Sisters, Secrets, Crush, Lies, Cliffhanger, Felony, Camp
Book Boyfriend Rating:
That the book did not end in a cliffhanger and make me want to throw my book across the room. It made me feel stabby.
NOTE TO THE AUTHOR(S) OF THIS BOOK:
Feel free to quote me or any portion of my review to help promote this book. Thank you for writing this piece of work and allowing me to live in your world amongst your characters for a little bit.