I want to give this book a million stars! This just shoved itself into my second favourite book of all time. It might even rival with my first favourite. It’s just so beautiful, I don’t know exactly how I’m going to explain it. I don’t think I have cried so much while reading a book, like I did with this one. All sorts of emotions were flying as I enjoyed every single word written in this story. Seriously, right from chapter one, I was bawling my eyes out. At first because I was sad. It’s laid out in a way that its supposed to be sad from the beginning. But as you read on, you understand why the author started her story this way.
Rune and Poppy are two kids who live beside each other. Rune’s family came from Norway and at the age of five, these two kids became best friends. At age eight, they shared their first kiss and at age fifteen, they became lovers. I know it sounds crazy that they are so young. Believe me, in my mind they are as well but with how the story goes, I let it slide. It’s fiction, okay. Rune has to move back to Norway with his family because of his father’s job. They don’t know when they will be back and this is the worst possible news for both Rune and Poppy. They are soul mates, best friends. What are they going to do without each other by their sides?
They talk everyday for about two months, then all of a sudden Poppy dropped all communications without a word of goodbye to Rune. For two whole years, Rune had no idea what happened to Poppy. Now, he is back from Norway and he wants answers. He sees Poppy at school and he knows she is avoiding him. Poppy doesn’t want him to find out the real reason she stopped talking to him and if he does, he’s not going to like it. Eventually, they meet face-to-face again and Rune isn’t going to let it go. Poppy started to run away from him, but he followed right behind her. They argued back and forth until she yelled out the reason.
I will not be giving this reason away. It is a huge spoiler and I can’t do that to you. This book is too important to spoil. There is an underlying meaning to this story. It’s emotional, it’s beautiful and it’s real. The writing is so beautiful and raw. I felt every single emotion the author is portraying through her words. I felt like I was the story. Not just reading words on paper, but, I was the words being written. I was both characters, and their feelings. Their thoughts and their feelings combined. Everything was thought about when this story was being written. All the little things in the plot that make it whole. It’s perfect. I don’t know if I’ve ever read a book that is more perfect than this one.
This is definitely a Young Adult novel. It says it’s recommended for ages fourteen and up. I know it could be read by a ninety-nine year old person and it would not matter. I recommend this book to every single person. Anyone who wants a real life, emotional book that will take your breath away, then this is the book to read. I cannot wait for my mother to read this book now, I know she is going to love it. I think I will give it to her with a box of Kleenex to go with it, she’s going to need it. Now that I have read this book by Tillie Cole, I need to read her others. If this book did that it did to me emotionally, then I know her others are going to be just as good.