Title: And Then There’s You
Author: Nessa Cannon
Date Started: July 28
Date Finished: August 11
Format: ebook from my Kindle library
Seventeen-year-old Brooke has been diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma, a rare type of bone cancer… Again. So instead of heading to her senior year, she’s staying in Clara Barton Hospital with her distant lawyer mother and her cheerful, stay-at-home father. Enter Jace, a clumsy boy with absolutely nothing to do with Brooke’s life, besides sitting next to her in math class that one time. He shows up with a stuffed animal on a cloudy day and turns Brooke’s whole world upside down.
And he isn’t even sorry.
From the sound of that summary, this book sounded like something right up my alley. A contemporary romance novel with a little bit of a The Fault in Our Stars thrown in. And you know, at first that’s what this book started out as. Brooke is lonely going through her treatments and isn’t feeling very optimistic that they’re going to work this time. Her father doesn’t know what to do, and her mother is pretty much working non-stop to pay for the medical bills. That’s when Jace stumbles through her door, the guy she hasn’t seen since that math class a few years ago. And Jace just happens to be the best thing that she could have asked for, especially because there is some unresolved feelings between the two of them. I was sold and then things got weird.
For one thing, there was the constant switching back and forth between the present and two years ago when Jace and Brooke first met. Normally, that wouldn’t be a problem, but the flashbacks weren’t in chronological order. They were all over the place and it confused the heck out of me. Then there is the fact that some of those flashbacks had to deal only with Jace and what happened the night of his mother’s second wedding. Now, these were actually interesting, but also confusing. It’s a plot twist that I didn’t really see coming. And I’m still not 100% sure if I have figured this whole thing out. Please don’t read further if you want to avoid spoilers.
Jace got into a car accident with a semi while driving his mom and future step-dad to the wedding. His injuries were severe, enough that it killed him. So, the Jace that Brooke and Peter – Brooke’s dad – have been seeing is really just a ghost who somehow got special permission to become ‘whole’ again so he could bring some happiness to Brooke’s life and also heal her. I think that’s pretty much the gist of it, but isn’t that totally confusing? The funny thing is when Peter and Brooke figure it out, it’s too late and Jace is a spirit again, but he hasn’t left her side. This is a really weird love story that doesn’t really have a satisfying conclusion.
Final Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. I get that Cannon was probably trying to be different with this book and not write your typical contemporary romance, but this was taking it a little bit too far.
Bookshelf worthy? Give it a try, if you like but make sure there aren’t any distractions around you, because you’re going to want to give this book your full attention.