Wednesday, 30 April 2014

How To Say Goodbye by Amber Lin.

Amy has a secret: no one has ever held her hand. She doesn’t even know how to hug. Everybody thinks she’s brilliant, but that’s because school was all she had. Then she meets Dane, a golden-haired surfer whose easy charm and hot touch teach her what she longs to know.
Dane lives for the salty breeze and a sweet wave, because that’s all he has. He’s lived on the streets since he was fourteen. A drifter. Homeless. But Amy changes everything. Smart and accomplished, she’s everything he’s not. He wants to be the sort of man who deserves her.
Except that means facing down his past—and that past might very well swallow them both.
First Impressions!
I loved the cover and title but wasn't sold on the blurb so I was surprised how quickly I was wrapped with How to Say Goodbye.

What I loved:
Amy- I really loved Amy! Despite being clever Amy was clueless in any social situation so it was interesting to see her adjust and try to let go and make friends. I found her relationship with her family complex, especially with her Uncle who seemed to care for her more than she realised. I enjoyed how Dane and her relationship slowly developed and how all their different issues were explored. I think Amy really grew into an independent multi layered character as she started off a bit one dimensional!
Dane- Dane was a much more mysterious and layered character than he initially appeared to be. I loved discovering all the different aspects of his background and lifestyle especially how kind he was to his friends and locals who helped him out. It's hard to adequately described what made Dane such a unique character without spoiling some of his mystery! I did love how he tried his utmost to treat Amy to typical experiences she'd missed out on and how sensible he was.
Different- How To Say Goodbye combined a few New Adult clichés with unique aspects which made for a refreshing and deeper book. I loved that both characters were flawed in their own way and that ultimately they changed or matured for themselves and not for each other. I liked that the book focussed on their lives outside of each other such as their careers, families etc. The dual point of view was necessary to keep the reader in the loop about certain mysteries surrounding the characters and to tease at others. I definitely felt like there was a few unanswered questions surrounding Lizzie and Kurt though....

I really enjoyed the different and unique aspects to this book! Hope to read more from Amber Lin.
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