Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Watch Over Me by Tara Sivec

Watch Over Me
Written by: Tara Sivec
Watch Over Me
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Addison Snow is your typical teenager. She has a family that loves her, friends that make her laugh, and she's wrapped up in the excitement of graduating high school and going off to college to pursue her dream of becoming an author. When her mother, who also happens to be Addison's best friend, dies unexpectedly, her world comes to a crashing halt.

Death changes everyone...

To make the pain go away, Addison and her father travel down separate, dark paths. She chooses to end her grief forever, while he drowns his sorrows in the bottom of a bottle. How do you learn to live again when the most important person in your life is gone?

Addison struggles to pick up the pieces of her life. Instead of getting back to being the carefree teenager she once was, she's stuck handling all of the responsibilities that should have been her father's. She has no time to grieve, no time for emotions, and no time for happiness...until Zander Reinhardt walks in. All it takes is one little handwritten note on a napkin to kick-start her back to life and help her realize that maybe there's more to that life than pain.

But can it really be that simple? Can she really trust this man who makes her feel alive again for the first time in a year?

Addison and Zander both have secrets they aren't ready to share. When the truth finally comes out, is it enough to tear them apart or has something bigger than themselves always been watching over them, pushing them together, making sure they both get their happily ever after.
Wow! I knew Tara Sivec was The Shit, but she keeps getting better and better. I love this author's style. I love that she can write a book that makes me laugh so hard my side aches and then write a book that takes my breath away and leaves me in tears of pain.
I fell in love with Addison and Zander right from the start. Addison suffers a horrible loss when her mother is taken away from her by an illness I happen to have myself. Geez, talk about hitting close to home. Anyhoo, Addison and her mom are close. Super close. The loss spirals a whole series of unbelievably painful events. Addison's dad fills the void with alcohol and spirals out of control, leaving the burden of the family business on Addison's shoulders. Addison fills the void by attempting to make it all go away permanently. She basically ends up shutting all emotions out and going through the motions of living.
Enter Zander. Cute, charming, super sweet. Swoon worthy from the get-go! One note left for Addison starts the whole story of their lives. Slowly, he gets Addison to feeling and opening up again. But Zander has his own secrets and let me just tell you, it is a shocker!
Wow, just wow. There were twists and turns that had my stomach aching and heart racing. This book was just so fantastic and even after having read it a few days, it's still right there in the forefront of  my mind. I actually started reading this on a plane and I was sniffling and wiping my eyes and trying to hide my face from my neighbor the entire time. I wanted to put it up so I wouldn't look like a trainwreck, but I just couldn't. It's just that good.
Like I said earlier, Tara Sivec is The Shit!!
That is all,


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