Firstly, happy World Book Day everyone! There is only one way I can mark this day and it’s to talk about books I’m going to talk about the last book I read and it’s one that gave me FEELS.
I think we all move from saying we like a book to loving a book when we read one that makes us feel something. Something that grabs us emotionally and crawls into our hearts. It could be because it has a warm and fuzzy ending, a happy ever after moment or it could take us on a moral journey, making us question who we are and want we want from life, it could be bittersweet and leave us feeling sad or it could just be a terrific page turner that leaves our hearts racing. There are a lot of books that I love for one or more of these reasons but it’s actually rare for a book to make me cry. Often I have a lump in my throat at the end of a book or just a big goofy smile but one that leaves me with ugly tears doesn’t happen that often.
Last year, the only book that produced real tears was John Green’s The Fault In Our Stars and those who have read it can imagine why This year, I’ve found a book early on that made me cry – The Last First Kiss by Ali Harris. Most of my reading tends to be young adult because I love it but I do mix it up by reading adult books now and again and this one made it on my list. I enjoyed Ali Harris’ first book but this one really moved me. Taking us on a journey though the relationship of Ryan and Molly, jumping back and forward through their story, we find out who they fell in love and how they were torn apart.
If anyone thinks women’s fiction or if we must call it chick-lit is just fluff, they should read this. A story of love and friendship, of growing together and growing apart, I was totally absorbed in finding out what happens to these two characters. The timeline jumps around but I didn’t find it hard to work out where we were in the story. The two leads were well-drawn characters as well their family and friends and there was often humour as well as moving moments. Yes it’s unashamedly romantic and has it’s share of slushy passages but it never lost me along the way. I suppose you could say it’s similar to One Day in that it spans years of the same relationship but this one wedged itself into my heart more than that book did and the last couple of chapters made me cry so hard, I couldn’t see the words on the page. I’m not going to spoil the story in case you guys want to read it but know that the ending is bittersweet.
Somehow this book is both heart-warming and heart-wrenching and Ryan and Molly’s story will stay with me for a long time.
What was the last book to give you FEELS?