Rating: 5 Cups of Coffee
Goodreads’ Book Description:
Matisse Evans is determined to make her sophomore year of college successful after failing out of a prestigious art school and spending a horribly boring gap year at home. Despite her focus, time isn't on her side as she struggles to hold down three jobs so she can afford her first apartment while juggling course work. In the chaos of it all, Beau Grady moves in and shakes up her world. A college dropout and tattooed bad boy, the rumors about Beau mean one thing for Matisse—trouble. Paralyzed by the fear that she's missing out on life, Matisse discovers plans may unravel, but what rises in their wake can be worth the uncertainty.
After spending the summer couch surfing, Beau Grady moves into an empty room at his ex-girlfriend’s Portland bungalow, skipping his senior year of college to spend his days working at a Vietnamese food cart instead. Once a star hockey player and gifted student, he’s put his life on hold after receiving a life-altering diagnosis, complacent to live in the moment. Hiding behind false rumors and bad habits, Beau falls for Matisse, letting her believe the worst until their relationship blooms into something they both can’t ignore. Falling for her means having to face a future he’d rather forget, but loving her just might be worth it.
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I LOVE THIS BOOK.
I can’t even explain how much I love this book. I can’t put the amount of love I have for this book into a set number of words. My words are useless when it comes to describing the absolute adoration I have for this book.
Something I can’t seem to wrap my head around going into a new read is that stories can surprise you. They can grip your heart in their hand and they can shock the hell out of you. Using the right words and perfectly structured sentences, they can make you feel so much.
That being said, this book completely slayed me. I am not the same person I was before reading this story about a girl named Matisse and a boy named Beau. I think it’s because it’s so much more than just a new adult novel. It has real, raw issues and it has depth. The characters are alive and personable. I felt like I knew them. I felt like I was them.
“I think it’s so easy to fall into the world when you’re not ready. It’s such a big place, and we’re all very tiny in the scheme of things.”
Matisse Evans is an art student trying to figure out exactly what she wants to do with her life. It doesn’t help that her parents are breathing down her neck, constantly telling her that succeeding as an artist is the best path for her to take. She’s confused and torn between going after what she wants and going after what everyone thinks is best for her. She believes she can’t afford to make mistakes at this point in her life, and it doesn’t help that she has Beau Grady as a roommate.
“Even though she’s right, even though I am a complication, I can’t shake the feeling in my gut that we’d be a good one.”
Beau Grady. Can we take a second to appreciate everything beautiful that is Beau Grady?
“He moves like oil paint dries—slow—as if he might change me and needs time to decide the final picture.”
He’s funny, cocky, and arrogant at times, but means well. He’s got some of the best redeeming qualities in a guy. Unfortunately, he is dealing with a terrible hand at life.
Man, I love that guy. Like, I love that guy. Every little bit of him. Even though he broke my heart, I learned so much from him.
This book gives you a different side of New Adult. The themes that you find and the meaning you derive from them make up something much bigger than what I originally thought I would receive. You find that figuring yourself out is crucial to how well you open up to other people.
“We’re always going to feel a bit lost. It’s the part of growing up that no one ever tells you about.”
(This was a lot longer than I planned for so I apologize for rambling at times. I just reeallyy loved this book.)
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About The Author
Rebecca writes smart and gritty New Adult romances, as well as historical romances, featuring flawed characters struggling to find their place in the world. She's a lover of rainy days, an unabashed anglophile, and a devote Earl Gray tea drinker. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and their very spoiled cat, Bella. A wanderlust connoisseur, Rebecca can be caught daydreaming about her next travel adventure when not writing.
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