Title: What You Left Behind
Author: Jessica Verdi
Genre: Young Adult; Contemporary; Romance.
Synopsis: “It’s all Ryden’s fault. If he hadn’t gotten Meg pregnant, she would have never stopped her chemo treatments and would still be alive. Instead, he’s failing fatherhood one dirty diaper at a time. And it’s not like he’s had time to grieve while struggling to care for their infant daughter, start his senior year, and earn the soccer scholarship he needs to go to college.
The one person who makes Ryden feel like his old self is Joni. She’s fun and energetic—and doesn’t know he has a baby. But the more time they spend together, the harder it becomes to keep his two worlds separate. Finding one of Meg’s journals only stirs up old emotions, and Ryden’s convinced Meg left other notebooks for him to find, some message to help his new life make sense. But how is he going to have a future if he can’t let go of the past?“
MY RATING: 3 Starts
Honestly I was expecting more from this book, actually I was expecting to LOVE this book, and as you may guess… that didn’t happen.
Of course that I liked the idea of this book, I kind of liked the story, but I just wanted more. I wanted this book to be more romantic, I wanted this book to be cute… and this book made sad, I mean, the story made me sad and I guess that this story would make anyone sad and I was almost crying sometimes but it was not enough for me.
I am going to be honest with you, I wanted the main character to be more like an adult… I know that he is only 17 years old and bla bla bla, but I wanted him to be more responsible, more likeable if you know what I mean. When this book started (when I started reading this book) and when I saw that he was that young (yes because I don’t read synopsis… at least the complete synopsis…) I just got “ok… I guess I am not going to love this book as I wanted to”… and I actually didn’t. The main problem here is that I liked the story, I liked the idea, and it would be just perfect if he was like 21 years old or something like that… if instead of a Young Adult novel it was a New Adult novel… it could be perfect like that (in my opinion)… and even if I know that this story reports real life because sometimes shit happens… I don’t know, I didnt want to read about that kind of teenage drama.
Besides everything I told you here before… I didn’t like any of the character, only the baby… it just didn’t work for me, and believe me when I say that I really wanted it to work… I really wanted this book to be one of my favorites.
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