From Goodreads: "Two years after her best friend was involved in a car accident that caused a traumatic brain injury, Lottie Anders is ready to start her freshman year of college. Ready to move on. Ready to start forgetting the night that ripped her life apart.
Her plans come to a screeching halt when not one, but both brothers responsible for the accident end up back in her life again.
Zack is cruel, selfish and constantly rubbing what happened to her friend in Lottie's face.
Zan is different. He listens to her awkward ramblings. He loves "To Kill a Mockingbird" as much as she does, and his dark eyes are irresistible. His words are few and far between, but when he does speak, she can't help but listen.
The trouble is, Zan was the driver in the accident, and now Lottie's discovered he lied to her about what happened that night. Now she must decide if trusting him again will lead to real forgiveness, or deeper heartache."
While I am a huge fan of New Adult, I must admit that I do tire of seeing the same story line over and over and over again (broken girl, stemming from something in her past, playerish bad boy, with tattoos dripping off of his eight pack, a love and hate relationship, the eventual falling into one another's bed, and so forth), therefore, I was ecstatic to see that this book didn't follow the themes of those other books of this genre- it truly marched to the beat of its own drum.
While the female character is usually the more emotionally vulnerable character of the two in books of this nature, in this instance, I think that the male character, Zan, is, while the female character, Lottie, is the emotionally stronger one, the one to lift him out of his deep, dark past. Their relationship is one of the cutest that I have encountered in the genre. Furthermore, I love the fact that both characters are so relateable/ approachable- especially with all of their literary references in the novel.
Aside from loving the main characters, this book has some of the best secondary characters that I have read in a long time- I was highly invested in all of them, from Will, to Simon, to Audrey, to Trish and Stryker, to even Katie, and truly wanted to learn more about them. Therefore, as you can imagine, I am beyond excited to learn more about Stryker and Katie's story in the companion novel to this book, "Faster We Burn" (Katie, who might at first come across as a stereotypical girly girl, but who is so much more, and Stryker, the bad boy who you can't wait to peel the layers off of- both in clothes and emotions).