It's funny to look back at my reviews of the other books in the series now that it's over. I had just started blogging when I discovered this series and it quickly became a favorite. My reviews of the first three books, however, did not do them justice and my review for this book, probably won't either. But, I'll do my best. The most important thing to note is that this was a perfect ending for a wonderful series!
In all honesty, I was terrified to read this book. I was so happy with the ending of Good For You and just couldn't imagine anything happening to Reid and Dori. But, there were issues that were unresolved and it did ultimately affect the future of their relationship. One thing is certain though, I'm finally, unequivocally, a Reid Alexander fan now. I didn't really like him all that much in the first two books in the series. He was selfish, arrogant, and spoiled. Reid has come a long way since then. He grew on me in Good For You. He needed to have something or someone really slap him in the face with reality. And Dori was just the person to help him do that. Well, I'm happy to say that his growth continued on in this book. Reid is now a mature, responsible, and self-less adult. I was really proud of the person he's become.
I can't talk about Reid without talking about Dori. I just simply love her. She's so perfect for Reid. She doesn't see him as the famous movie star. She sees him. Of course, their relationship comes with many challenges; she's heading off to college, he has a busy work schedule, she's trying to learn how to handle living in the spotlight, then...there's the secret. Was it wrong that Reid wasn't open about it right away? Yes. And I really do think that Dori's reaction was appropriate, even if it did make me a bit mad. But, I also understood why Reid handled it the way he did. There were moments I really thought the towel was going to be thrown, but as I said before, Reid has grown and Dori has been a catalyst to these changes. He won't live without her. I was so happy that he didn't give up on fighting for their realtionship.
Ok. Brooke. I hate to say this, but I still don't like her. However, I did sympathize with her in this book. And like Reid, I think she's matured significantly. Her life isn't just about her anymore. I appreciated Brooke's drive to make things right. Not only with her own situation, but with trying to resolve her friendship with Graham.
Speaking of Graham...He remains my very favorite character in this series. Fortunately for me, he does appear a few times throughout the book. I can't tell you how happy that made me. But, the stand-out for me was River. Oh...my...word. River broke my heart. I never expected the story to go the way it did. I "knew" about him, but that was it. I was so happy to read River's POV. Looking at his old life and his new life from his perspective was very emotional. I can't imagine reading this book without it. Or him.
Overall, I loved it. I'm so sad that the series has ended, but I really feel like everyone is where they're supposed to be. The ups and downs...the love and loss...the deceptions and truths-this series has had it all. It will forever remain a favorite series of mine. If you haven't read it, you're truly missing out. Go grab it now!
~"I'm such a coward-I'm terrified that if I meet River, he'll become important to me. And when everything ends with Reid, I'll lose him too."-Loc 2991
~"I'm asking you to have faith in one thing, for now: the fact that when we're alone, I'm just Reid, and you're just Dori, and we're going to love each other for the rest of our lives."-Loc 3140
~I've always said I would never need a man, and no boy would ever save me.
I was wrong.-Loc 3198