You can’t keep two people who are meant to be together apart for long… Lennon Davis doesn’t believe in much, but she does believe in the security of the number five. If she flicks the bedroom light switch five times, maybe her new LA school won’t suck. But that doesn’t feel right, so she flicks the switch again. And again. Ten more flicks of the switch and maybe her new stepfamily will accept her. Twenty-five more flicks and maybe she won’t cause any more of her loved ones to die. Fifty more and then she can finally go to sleep.
Kyler Benton witnesses this pattern of lights from the safety of his treehouse in the yard next door. It is only there, hidden from the unwanted stares of his peers, that Kyler can fill his notebooks with lyrics that reveal the true scars of the boy behind the oversized hoodies and caustic humor. But Kyler finds that descriptions of blond hair, sad eyes, and tapping fingers are beginning to fill the pages of his notebooks. Lennon, the lonely girl next door his father has warned him about, infiltrates his mind. Even though he has enough to deal with without Lennon’s rumored tragic past in his life, Kyler can’t help but want to know the truth about his new muse.
“You all right?”
“Is anyone all right, really?”
I was surprisingly swept away by this book. Lennon and Kyler easily started to become two of my favorite broken people that I have ever read about. I read this in one afternoon. Once I started reading, I couldn’t put it down. I became quite invested in these two characters.
”My scars are invisible, buried deep inside, guarded by the monster in my head. Kyler who was in a house fire. His scars are there, literally written on his face.”
These two are different but also one and the same and really became important to each other. They both had scars and insecurities and found something similar in each other. The feels that the author puts you through was astounding and it showed so much intensity and strength.
This book focuses heavily on Lennon’s OCD, so if that is triggering for you then I would either skip this one or wait until you are in a headspace where you can read it.
I do feel that things were a bit too tidy at the end of this book, but oh well. These two had been through so much that them just having each other was worth it.
Overall, I really enjoyed this one and would stay that this was a really good debut! Like I said before, make sure that you are in the right headspace to read the topics of this book. ✨I received an ARC via NetGalley for an honest review. Quotes were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publication.