When you realize you want to marry your best friend at age six, life should follow a pretty predictable path, right? Maybe not.Todd's rating:
As a kid, Evan King thought Scott Sparrow was the most amazing person he’d ever met. At seventeen, his crush runs a little deeper, and nothing seems simple anymore. Scott is more interested in football and girls than playing superheroes, and Evan’s attention is focused on getting into art school. A late-night drunken kiss is something to be forgotten, not obsessed over for the next ten years.
When life suddenly brings them back together, it doesn’t take much for the flame Evan carried for Scott nearly all his life to come roaring back, and Evan discovers that life sometimes has a strange way of coming full circle.
I feel a bit like Goldilocks with this story. Not too hot, not too cold. My friend Dani 5-stars loved it, but Ele 3.5 stars liked it, with me somewhere in the middle here.
Yes, I loved seeing Evan and Scott grow up together (I'm a total sucker for that,) then sadly drift apart, then happily reunite again through the years from age 8 through 34.
No, I wasn't the biggest fan of the 5 times + 1 time setup of the story. For me, the book didn't really feel disjointed or confusing, but I jot down notes while I read, so I did the "they're [ 18 / 28 / 8 / 20 / 29 / 34 ] years old now" math to keep it straight in my head.
That definitely helped avoid confusion for me. A whole, whole lot.
As far as the various parts of the story go:
The first time they kissed, at 8 years old, I absolutely adored. They'd met at a playground over the summer, then shared the same homeroom in 2nd grade. A-freaking-dorable. They even got fake married in a cardboard fort, for Christ's sake. 'Nuff said.
The second time they kissed, at 18, I was initially excited, then shocked, when it all went immediately to hell and they lost contact for 2 years. The friendship was definitely on the rocks after that.
The third time they kissed, at 20, I was annoyed, mostly because Scott had allowed the previous misunderstood situation and his unspoken intentions at a senior year party go on for way too long. Plus, Scott was pushy, then pulled away completely -- for 8 long years. Argh, I hate when stories do that. Hate. It.
The fourth time they kissed, at 28, Scott was home from Chicago for his little sister's wedding, where Scott apologizes. And they finally, finally, FINALLY have sex. But then nothing for nearly a year.
The fifth time they kiss, at 29, Scott is seriously ill in the hospital and Evan comes running. Staying home is *not* an option. No way. This was definitely my favorite part of the book, as 11 years later, they finally get back on solid ground with one another, both with their friendship and (praise Jesus) their romantic relationship. Loved, loved, loved this section.
But during the final part of the book, the last 20% or so, God, this had to be The Longest HEA (capitalized because it's 'a thing') I've ever witnessed in an M/M story. It was too long and too sappy in my opinion and I was really ready to see "The End" much sooner than I actually did.
For me, having not one, but two (view spoiler)[weddings (hide spoiler)] was just way over the top. I'm not a fan of them in my books, sorry, not a 'fairy tale ending' kinda gal, and two was two too many for my own personal enjoyment.
So overall, I loved both Evan and Scott, but some parts of the book felt a bit forced, bordering on contrived to me, and while I really 'liked' the majority of the story, it never quite tipped into the all-out 'loved' category for me, which leaves it weighing in at around 3.999 stars in my book.
My ARC copy of the book was provided by the publishers in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.
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