The day I met Emily Bennett my whole world changed. Sure, we were just kids, but I was old enough to know my life would never be the same. She was my best friend. My destiny. My fate. I wasn't wrong…I just didn't know how twisted fate could be.
After the death of my mother, moving from my dark and dreary trailer park to sunny California, I was focused on one thing – finding a sister I'd only just learned existed. Falling in love with him wasn't part of the plan. But he filled a void I never knew was possible to fill. He had to be my fate. My destiny. Until the day I finally found out who my sister was…and how twisted fate could be.
"Review from BJ" By The Romance Reviews 2 years ago
Readers of young adult romance will not want to miss this emotional story of coping with loss before learning how to love again. The interesting unique twist to this novel is that it's actually about two separate tales, but it is discovering how they intersect that actually becomes the groundbreaking necessary precursor to moving forward.
Nikki Fallon has had a lonely upbringing. Growing up way before her time, she in essence becomes her own mother's caretaker as her mother struggles between bouts with diabetes and bipolar mental disease. Although Nikki is a good student, she is unsure of where the future will lead given that they have almost no money and are barely getting by living in a trailer. It's been so bad that she has been in and out of foster homes from time to time. Then her mother passes away and other than her best friend, Ashley, Nikki is totally alone. When her social worker comes to take her away to yet another foster home shortly after her mother's death, Nikki's world is turned upside down when her mother's deathbed confession is revealed. A secret her mother kept so hidden that she only bears having it finally revealed following her death in a letter.
Zack Martin has been in love with Emily since he was 9 years old and she moved next door. Now at 17, he's the quarterback of the high school football team and Emily is the captain of the cheerleader squad. From the outside looking in, everything seems picture perfect for this star couple. But as Emily has aged, she's become more like her mother, obsessed with appearances and social standing. Zack feels like she is no longer the girl who became his best friend and whom he has loved all these years. It is this change that ultimately leads to actions that will forever haunt Zack.
I wish I could give you more insight into this emotional romance, but it is the suspense of learning how these two stories intersect which is the real gem of this book. Any more and you will piece it together too quickly, losing its intended effect. I will say that I guessed the connection fairly early on, so in some respects, I wish the suspense and mystery had been less predictable. All that said, I found the process and journey toward this discovery, and the related characters' self-discovery, to be touching and enlightening.
This romance deals with some rather deep subjects, particularly for a young adult title, including grief and coping with the loss of a loved one. I enjoyed the realistic look at how such difficult subjects can affect one's ability to trust and love again and greatly enjoyed the sweet budding romance and coming of age story woven together within them in LEFT BEHIND.