Shattered by Elizabeth Lee
Goodreads Blurb:Alyssa Boyd had big plans. Big plans that included getting the hell out of the little town she’d grown up in with her two best friends. When she decided it was time to let one of them know her true feelings for him; a change of plans resulted in a tragic turn of events. Now, Alyssa is left alone to find her way out of the darkness that an untimely death has left in its wake.
Jesse Vaughn was never good at letting people in. He’d learned a long time ago that it’s easier that way because people leave, or, unfortunately, die. The one person he wanted to let in doesn’t want him anymore. The only problem is he can’t stop thinking about her. Jesse returns to the childhood home he left behind with one goal in mind… to convince her that they should be together.
When Jesse finds Alyssa she’s not the same girl he left behind. She’s wild, reckless and hell-bent on not giving Jesse a second chance. Lucky for Jesse, his stubborn streak has always been a mile-wide and he’s not about to give up on her.
When your life has been shattered can you really pick up all the pieces and move on?
My Alyssa and Jesse:
"What started out as wishful thinking, angel given signs from above, was now just an imprisoned lot of dirty, broken pieces that used to belong to beautifully glistening wholes. Just like I used to."Alyssa's life changed completely and her dreams were gone on a day when one of her best friends died in a car accident, followed by her other best friend, Jesse, leaving her to grieve on her own. All the emotional pain she had to go through lead her into depression and she gave up on her life. But things are never black or white. Jesse had his own reasons why he left the town after his best friend's funeral. And now he is back, trying to manage impossible - get back into Alyssa's life and fight for her love...
OMG, this story was one huge emotional rollercoaster full of drama and heart-break. Shattered is book about cruel reality of life, misunderstandings between people and finding power to live your life even when you feel completely broken. Jesse was a sweet farm boy with stubborn character and I really liked him from the very beginning. Alysse was a drama queen and even though she frustrated me with her over-reacting, it was painful to read about how she changed from energetic girl to walking zombie.
There were 2 features of writing style that I really liked about this boook. #1 Dual point of view - I like to see perspective of both main characters and see what exactly they are thinking. #2 Past/Present moments - It is always interesting to have story set in present with occassional glimpses to past and to have gradually revealed what had happened.
Shattered is the book that cannot be rushed. Even though there were parts that really broken my heart, overall I enjoyed reading it.