This book was just a bit worse than the second book and a good bit worse than the first. After the high quality of the first story, I was disappointed with the way this one unfolded. I think that it could have been better, but it was still better than a lot of young adult/new adult books out there.
Unlike the previous two, where Emma was dealing with abusive family members, this book takes place two years after Emma made the move to California to go to Stanford, which had caused her to leave Evan behind. She’s very fragile at the beginning of the story, and gets more and more fragile through much of it. In fact, to go as far as to describe her as being broken wouldn’t be too far from the truth.
Evan thinks that Emma left him at the end of the previous story to be with Jonathan and has felt like Emma betrayed him. He doesn’t realize that she left both guys that night. He also doesn’t realize that Emma is now barely living her life at all and is, surprise surprise, a drinker now. After being a teetotaller for the past two books, Emma now gets completely drunk and takes part in increasingly riskier behaviors while drunk. She’s also about as emotionally messed up as her mother had been, but hers seems to be temporary, whereas her mom’s was definitely permanent. Rachel committed suicide and blames Emma. Eventually, with the help of Evan, Emma starts to learn how to thrive in her life. And both learn how to forgive.
This book was a little choppier/rougher than what I was used to with the other books. I still enjoyed it. I just felt like it should have been better.