Eighteen-year-old Quinn MacPherson’s biggest fear has always been turning out like her mentally unstable mother. (Solving algebraic equations comes in as a close second).
That is, until she meets Benjamin Shaw. Quinn thinks hooking up with Ben over summer vacation will be nothing more than a quick fling. She can’t even commit to a nail polish choice, much less some guy.Unfortunately for her, Ben is not just some guy. Ben gets her- the real her, flaws and all- and that scares the hell out of her.
When Ben does the unthinkable- tells Quinn he’s in love with her- she does what comes naturally. She pushes him away. Ben can only watch from a distance as Quinn lashes out, and punishes him for daring to care about her.
But how far can you push someone, even someone who loves you, before they are gone for good?
Oh my, what a rollercoaster that was! I loved the book but there sure were a lot of ups and downs!
The story follows Quinn, the female main character. She has a dysfunctional family and believes herself to be a damaged, unloveable product of that. Her mum drinks way too much and takes a vast amount of medication each day leaving her spaced out. Her dad likes everyone to see them as a happy family but that doesn’t stop him doing things he shouldn’t. Her parents constantly argue with each other but then unite to gang up on Quinn and dish out their latest punishment.
Quinn meets Ben over the summer and he makes her feel different, like she can open up to him in a way she never does with anyone else, but then he says those 3 little words – I love you – and everything changes. Quinn immediately pushes him away, she isn’t worthy of his love as she’s such a screw up. The story then follows her journey of self-destruction, self loathing and her punishing herself.
I really liked Quinn. She had a great sense of humour and her sarcastic wit was brilliant! I also loved her choices of OPI nail polish! I wanted to cry for her when she messed things up, sometimes intentionally, sometimes not. If only she’d let people in …
Ben was such a cute, loveable character. He refused time and time again to give up on Quinn no matter what she did/said. I think he needed to stand up to his awful, overbearing mum a bit but how far can you go when you’re 18 and still have to live under her roof?!
My only tiny, tiny negative would be that I would’ve liked an epilogue so I could’ve known a little bit more about what happened in the few weeks/months after the ending.