Review: Like a Memory by Abbi Glines

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synopsis

One memory.
One special summer.
The one thing Bliss had lost herself in when the fear and sickness were too much, moments never to be damaged by the harsh reality that followed… until now.

Bliss York didn’t live a normal teenage life. She didn’t go to Friday night football games, walk the halls with her friends every day, go to her prom or even walk to receive her diploma. It had all been taken from her the fall that she was fifteen years old and she was given the diagnosis no one ever wants to hear.

She had leukemia.

Seven years after spending a summer with a girl who he knew would always be his first love and the one who got away, Nate Finlay returns to Sea Breeze to help his fiancé open her new boutique clothing store. When the new employee walks in Nate is taken back seven years to the girl he thought he’d love forever. The one who never answered his calls or returned his text. The one who shut him out completely with not even a goodbye and broke his heart.

They’ve each become someone different. No longer the young teens with stars in their eyes. But does that matter when your heart still says that’s the one.

review3-stars

I was expecting to rate this with at least 4 stars, but then I actually read it.

Let’s get to the positives before I start my rant.

I love Bliss. She’s super sweet and kind. She deserves everything good in this world, because she remained strong when she was in an incredibly difficult situation. She loved and cared about her family and friends. She’s just a great girl.

Okay, so that’s about it.

I’m going to start with Nate. What the hell happened to this guy to make him grow up to be this weak, stupid, and just plain annoying? He’s marrying a girl he can’t even stand, because being with her is so easy. Huh? I’d get it if his parents were not in love, and he had to grow up seeing them hurt each other or some other sob story, but his parents are Blaire and Rush. He had a great home life. I just don’t get it. It doesn’t make any sense.

Bliss and Rush’s parents were barely in the book. I wanted to read about Rush, Cage, Blaire, and Eva interacting with their children. Yeah, I got none of that. They could have been the typical YA/NA parents in every other book.

Bliss and Rush were barely together and it was near the end of the book. I didn’t even get to enjoy reading about them in a relationship. I didn’t get any fuzzy feelings. It’s so frustrating. I think the reason I gave this a 3 stars is because of the background of this story. I’m pretty sure there are more books to come. Please do better with those characters. I want to read about a hero that I actually want the heroine to end up with. No more manwhores with super nice and sweet virgins that they do not even deserve to breathe on. I’m fine with the whole manwhore/virgin thing, but at least give the guy redeemable characteristics so I could actually freaking like him.

GOODREADS | AMAZON

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