Title : Days Like This
Author : Danielle Ellison
Series : N/A
Rating : 4 Stars
Blurb : Sometimes the only thing standing between fear and hope is yourself. Almost a year ago, nineteen-year-old Cassie Harlen had a lot to deal with. A stack of college acceptance letters waiting for answers, a proposal from the boy next door, and a mother whose most recent bipolar episode left Cassie hurt and confused.
Tired of cleaning up the messes caused by her motherâs disorder, of resenting her mother for not being there, and scared of being trapped by an inevitable futureâwhich included marrying Graham TuckerâCassie did the only thing she could think of to keep from ending up like her mother: she left.
Graham never knew why Cassie walked away. He woke up one morning and she was goneâalong with the life that heâd created around her. After eleven months, Graham has a new plan for his future. One that doesnât involve Cassie Harlen. When Cassieâs mom nearly burns down her house, Cassieâs forced to return home. Back to a mother sheâs tried to ignore and the guy sheâs been unable to forget. Graham doesnât know how heâs going to spend the whole summer living next door to the person who broke his heart without letting those old feelings push through to the surface. Neither does Cassie.
“You can’t live your life in fear of what could be – if you do you’ll never live it.”
Days Like This is a book which did something to me I can’t explain.
When I turned the first pages, the first thing that really got me was the awesome writing style! Reading felt so natural as the words just flow into each other! All the little things including lines from self-written texts by the protagonist Cassie or the thoughts of both characters in general!
The story really touched me deeply as the inner feelings and thoughts were presented perfectly within the use of different point of views. At this point it also would have been interesting to get to know more from the point of view of Cassie’s mother as her disease is one of the most important parts of the content. To see some scenes during which she suffers from an attack would have make it even more authentical.
So after reading the first pages, I still liked the writing style and I believed in the story but really influenced my reading mood was the fact that the “reading flow” got lost. There were too many repititions, too many memories, too many scenes during which it was nice to get to know more about their inner thoughts, but the story just didn’t really move on.
I really liked this book from the beginning on and during the middle part of the book I prayed that Danielle Ellison is going to do the right thing which she did!
The end was nothing surprising or nothing which really got me like “Ooooh I would never have expected this.” but this was ok. Because it was emotional, touching and understandable.
And in relation with a book which could be based on reality, this is everything I want!
Even if at the end I “only” can give this book 4 stars, because
1st) of the middle part and
2nd) of the repititions which sometimes should have appeared in a different dosis during the whole book.
The review of a book is always influenced by personal aspects. Some people can’t understand how anything like a disease can really change your life so drasticly. I do and this is why this book even has a more important place in my heart.
But like it’s said “You can’t live your life in fear of what could be – if you do you’ll never live it.”.
> > > I have received this Book as an ARC from the Publisher < < < > > > In Exchange I promised an honest Review < < <