It was a hot summer day when I met him on the construction site next to my parents’ house. Under the sweat and dirt, Manning Sutter was as handsome as the sun was bright. He was older, darker, experienced. I wore a smiley-face t-shirt and had never even been kissed. Yet we saw something in each other that would link us in ways that couldn’t be broken…no matter how hard we tried.
I loved Manning before I knew the meaning of the word. I was too young, he said. I would wait. Through all the carefully-chosen words hiding what we knew to be true, through his struggle to keep me innocent, and through infinitely-starry nights—I would wait. But I’d learn that life isn’t always fair. That no matter how much you achieve, none of it matters if you suffer the heartbreak that comes with falling for someone you can never have. Because even though I saw Manning first, that didn’t matter. My older sister saw him next.
Oh my. While I was expecting a story filled with angst, I was not expecting this gut wrenching tale.
Lake is young. Then she meets him, that boy. The first one to make a girl really feel. She’s feeling everything teenage girls feel, while being confronted by a nightmare. She’s intelligent, a bit naive, and really confused. My heart was breaking for her over and over.
Manning is a good guy, he’s fighting demons. He’s the reason I’m most excited for the next book, I need more of him. He sees the good everyone, while he is in a dark hole emotionally. I still haven’t decided where I stand on him, but I’m not sure he even knows the answer to that.
Tiffany., while we don’t get her POV, she’s a very intriguing character. Her head would be a wonder to explore. She’s spoiled, selfish, just plain mean at times. But then we see an insecure self doubt.
I found Something in the Way to be a thought provoking, well rounded book. It is the first in a trilogy, so there is so much more to come. I can’t wait to see what happens next.
*Review Copy requested and reviewed on behalf of OMG Reads*
Jessica Hawkins grew up between the purple mountains and under the endless sun of Palm Springs, California. She studied international business at Arizona State University and has also lived in Costa Rica and New York City. To her, the most intriguing fiction is forbidden, and that’s what you’ll find in her stories. Currently, she resides wherever her head lands, which is often the unexpected (but warm) keyboard of her trusty MacBook.