How To Say Goodbye
by Amber Lin
Publication date: April 7th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Amy has a secret: no one has ever held her hand. She doesn’t even know how to hug. Everybody thinks she’s brilliant, but that’s because school was all she had. Then she meets Dane, a golden-haired surfer whose easy charm and hot touch teach her what she longs to know.
Dane lives for the salty breeze and a sweet wave, because that’s all he has. He’s lived on the streets since he was fourteen. A drifter. Homeless. But Amy changes everything. Smart and accomplished, she’s everything he’s not. He wants to be the sort of man who deserves her.
Except that means facing down his past—and that past might very well swallow them both.
Everyone knows how skeptical I've been of New Adult. So far, my experiences have been on both sides of the spectrum, and I'm still torn on knowing if New Adult is a genre I enjoy as a whole. How to Say Goodbye by Amber Lin definitely stands out. Just the writing alone is something that deserves praise. Lin has a beautiful way with words that I appreciated so much. She is able to weave a compelling story with a consuming prose. Let's just say that this book pushed me one step closer to accepting New Adult.
This wasn't an easy, lovey-dovey read. There were parts of it that were raw. It felt real. I found myself really invested in the relationship of Amy and Dane. I had such a connection to them, and I had to keep reading to find out what was going to happen. They were both such lonesome souls, and I was so eager to find out if they found their happy ending. And let me just say that the ending was perfect.
The pacing was on point, and I never felt that the book dragged. At times, the story was so heavy that I needed a break. Amber Lin writes with such realism that I needed a break from the emotions. That being said, I did enjoy this one. I would recommend it to New Adult romance fans. It's different than other NA reads, and I appreciated that change of pace.
**I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. My thanks to Amber Lin and Xpresso Book Tours.
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