My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: ARC provided by Entangled Publishing for review
Hanley is a bit of a tearaway, with very little regard for her own personal safety. While sneaking out of the house in the middle of the night to attend a party with friends, she discovers a seemingly homeless teenager living in her parents' garage. Hanley is sufficiently messed up that getting to the party is more important than letting anyone know about the handsome boy in the garage, so she kicks him out and goes on her merry way.
When she gets home too drunk to even unlock the door, the mysterious Garage Boy, as she thinks of hiim, comes to the rescue. For his kindness she lets him stay the rest of that night, but tells him not to return or she'll report him.
It's the middle of winter and it's cold, and Hanley is soft-hearted, despite her best attempts to hide it, so she worries about where Garage Boy will find shelter. The more time they spend together the more attracted she becomes, and we soon discover that Nate returns these feelings.
These two are both damaged by loss and are trying to work through their grief without adult support, so turning to each other seems inevitable. However, both have secrets that they don't want to reveal. Hanley's secret will hurt her, but Nate's secret might just hurt both of them. Can their young love survive?
The book does deal with suicide, although it is the effect on those left behind that is the focus, not on the suicide itself.
The ending of the book is a bit too much. The epilogue wasn't really needed in my opinion and was just a bit too convenient.
Over all, it's an enjoyable romance. It's kind of a ridiculous premise for a love story, but it's executed well enough that it works. Quite a bit of suspension of disbelief is required to enjoy this book. All of the young characters make some pretty stupid decisions and I can see how it would be difficult for some readers to get past that. I got caught up in the story and was genuinely concerned about the welfare of the characters. I read the book in one day to find out what would happen.
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