Oh, Taylor Jenkins Reid, you’ve done it again. You’ve pulled at my heartstrings in the best way and have made me fall in love with people who don’t exist. How dare you!
This atmospheric, engrossing read had me hooked from the start, with a slow paced, steady burn that kept the pages turning easily. Reid knows how to write flawed characters that are lovable and dialogue that feels real. I was so invested in the Riva family and felt like they were distant family members of mine.
I took off a star because the ending fell a little flat for me. I was hoping for something more explosive, but I felt Reid wanted this to be “quieter” novel, and she accomplished just that.
A wonderful, engrossing book that made my heart break and think about the importance of family and loyalty.
Content warnings: alcoholism, death of parent, abandonment, drug use, infidelity, sexual content, car accident