Title: Something in the Way
Author: Jessica Hawkins
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 27, 2017
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.
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★★★★★ Five Stars
I'm not quite sure where to start with this book, especially because I want to keep it spoiler free. I read the blurb and it kind of reminded me of another book but I thought I'd give it a chance and see what I thought. So I read a chapter. And another chapter and I was hooked. I thought Something In The Way was bloody brilliant!! If I had to sum this book up in five words, they would be...READ IT, READ IT NOW!
I adored Lake. She's very young in some ways, yet older than her years in others. I loved the connection between her and Manning. The delicate dance they have with each other, the inexplicable pull they both feel, it's all portrayed perfectly in this book. Manning is a fantastic character. I loved him so much but at the same time he frustrated me because he was always trying to do what he thinks is the right thing. He's a good man, he's had a bad past but he's trying to move on. Confused by his feelings when it comes to Lake and their friendship, he really does try his best to do the right thing.
This book completely tore me up. Jessica Hawkins has this unbelievable talent when it comes to writing a story and pulling you in. She is one of the few authors that are guaranteed to make me feel and this book is no different. I got to one point and I was so frustrated, annoyed and exasperated, I actually felt sick (I'm a little bit invested in this story just in case you missed that). I know how I want this story to go, I think I know which way it's going to go (and it's not what I want) but I've got a feeling Jessica Hawkins is going to keep surprising me, give me even more angst and I know for a fact I'm going to love every single second of it.
Bring on book two.