What's Left of Me by Amanda Maxlyn
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Life works in mysterious ways.
Four years ago I became known as the girl with cancer.
I refuse to cry.
And I refuse to give in.
A relationship with a man is the last thing I’m looking for right now, but one night with Parker changes everything. He is persistent, and he knows what he wants. Me.
He doesn’t treat me like I’m fragile.
But he doesn’t know, and I’m not ready to tell him.
What if it changes everything?
Tragedy found me when I was seventeen.
Love found me when I was twenty-one.
My name is Aundrea McCall, and this is my journey.
When stars really don't matter…until they do, but then they don't…or do they?
WHY AM I ALWAYS THE ONLY ONE!!
Okay so maybe I'm not the only one, but I seem to be one of the first people not shitting tears or wanting to make sweet sweet love to this book. Maybe my heart is defective, or maybe just maybe…I have a good reason for my rating. I'll attempt to explain.
Amanda Maxlyn can write! How many times have I reviewed a book where I incessantly complain about how I liked the "idea" of a book or loved the "concept". Countless reviews explaining that it wasn't about the story the author was trying to tell, but the execution….the writing. Being an author is more than having an amazing idea, a beautiful story in your head. Those ideas have to translate onto paper. An author has to write. You, Amanda Maxlyn, can write.
What's Left of Me is a beautiful story, a good story, but it lacked to give me something that elicited an emotional response. The story wasn't anything I hadn't read before. I could tell where the story was going before it went there, and it was so reminiscent of other books I've read with similar plots. The author definitely made the characters her own, and wrote beautifully, but I needed more from the plot. What can I say; I'm greedy like that.
Now onto what made my final thought of this book be, "son of a bitch"...the epilogue. The epilogue made me want to slap Amanda Maxlyn's ass in a job well done! That is the type of writing and emotional solicitation that creates amazing books. If the author could have done that with my emotions the entire book, my rating would have been five stars easy.
However, in the end, the beautiful writing and beautiful moments just weren't enough for me to overlook the feeling that there was something missing.
So yes, this was a good book, but saying it was great solely based off the epilogue heard round the world just wouldn't be fair. I needed more from the story.
Either way, I am very excited and intrigued to see what Ms. Maxlyn has in store for us next.
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