It was hate at first sight......
I hated Cable James McCaffrey.
He was entitled, spoiled, a user…and an addict.
He was out of control and didn’t bother trying to hide it.
He had everything anyone could want but still seemed miserable and lost.
Every move he made, every mistake he stumbled his way through, rubbed me the wrong way. However, I couldn’t stop myself from trying to save him from himself when no one else would. In the sweltering heat of the summer, Cable taught me that having it all means nothing if you can’t have the one thing you want more than anything else.
I was obsessed with Affton Reed.
She was rigid, uptight, and no fun. There was something about her innate goodness that called to me.
She acted like she was above all the normal faults and failures that clung to the rest of us like the scent of smoke after a fire.
I was infatuated with her, but that didn’t stop me from acting like she didn’t exist.
In the scorching heat of summer, Affton taught me that there is always a way back from the brink of despair. She showed me that the trick to having it all was realizing that it was already there, in my hands. All I had to do was hold onto it.
The road to recovery is full of twists and turns no matter who is in the driver’s seat
Date de sortie : 25 mars 2018
Editeur : Jay Crownover LLC
Prix: 0.99 euros
Pages : 369 pages
Editeur : Jay Crownover LLC
Prix: 0.99 euros
Pages : 369 pages
This novel was published for free for a year with the newsletter that Jay sends every month. I didn't read it at that moment so I didn't know anything about Cable and Affton . As part of Jay's group on Facebook, Crownover's Crowd, I knew that this novel had a very personal echo for the author. The introduction gives us important details about the birth of this novel and especially its inspiration. The theme of this novel is not soft and we have a hard romance but so fascinating. Heroes have flaws, are far from being perfect but we love them from the beginning to the end.
Cable James McCaffrey is the bad boy of Loveless in Texas (the name of this city is quite ironic right?). His family is reigning over the city and it's hard not to find a store or business that does not belong to them. It is said that money makes you happy but it won't be the case with Cable. Even if he lives in a golden cage, he doesn't seem to be thrilled with his life. Cable is an atypical hero but so deeply rooted in the characters created by Jay Crownover. He is a bad boy, a real one who will sink into addictions such as drugs, sex and alcohol. It does not happen in a day but Cable is drowning in these substitutes to forget his life or his loneliness. Although he is constantly surrounded by friends or girls (especially girls), he is more alone than ever because we feel that all these people are there only for what he represents and not what he is. We don't know much at the beginning of the novel about him except that he is the popular friend, the one who always has a good time, who has money but yet none will lift a finger and put him back on the right path. Only a young woman will know how to read him as in an open book.
She will change his life for the worse and not the best because he will have to be completely defeated before hoping to bounce back. What I loved about him is that he has no filter and he doesn't care about what he gives off or what he thinks. He has no filter and prefers to be provocative or tell the truth. He is at a turning point in his life and his choices will be crucial. He does not seem to be aware of the gravity of things, but I think it is actually a facade that he gives to others to keep them at bay. He built ramparts around him and he never talks about the incident that has led to so much pain, misfortune and suffering. He is consumed by guilt and the pain that is eating him is very intense. We want to take Cable in our arms, to get him out of his personal hell but he is the only one who can change his destiny. I loved the evolution of this character because it will be progressive. He will have to face his demons and ask himself the right questions. He will have to talk about what is gnawing at him and without it, the fall seems inevitable. This summer could be a rebirth from his ashes or a dive into hell. As I said at the beginning of my review, Cable is a multi-faced character who is very thorough and needs to be tamed.
Affton Reed is also an amazing heroine. She can not wait to leave this sweltering little town to study in the prestigious University of California, Berkeley, and she wants to be invisible from her classmates. She has done a great job because she is absolutely not one of those girls who throw themselves at the neck of Loveless's idol. Her only friend is Jordan, who has had to insist on finding a place in her life. It is a duet that works perfectly because she is calm while Jordan has an overflowing energy . They complement each other and know that they will be there for each other without ever falling into judgment. Affton's past has obviously marked her and made her become what she is now. Despite this test, she managed to keep a little empathy for others and especially for one who deserves no empathy such as Cable. She works hard to make her dreams come true, and she has a certain amount of guilt about certain events in the plot.
So I loved that she is standing up to Cable because she is the only one able to get him out of his vicious circle, she is the only one to dare to tell him what she exactly thinks about his attitude, she is the only one not impressed by her money . The relationship they will be weaving is therefore unique because the hatred they feel towards each other is palpable. She will not give up in the face of adversity and the almost impossible mission assigned to her. Mélanie, the mother of Cable won't hesitate to do anything to save her son and I felt strong emotions towards her. If I understand her dismay, I can't accept the means used to solve the situation. But yet Affton will resist despite the attacks and although her feelings may take a hit. She has that sense of "sacrifice" which is simply amazong and perfectly matches the academic studies she wants to undertake. Everything makes sense when it comes to Affton but cpuld Cable teach him to let go. Will she survive this summer and survive unscathed?
In short if you read in english, I can only recommend you to read this awesome novel by Jay Crownover that never disappoints me. Recovered is a wonderful novel about guilt, destruction, addiction, abandonment, and we hope our heroes can get by and move on to a more peaceful future. The emotions are lively, the characters feel scorched emotions and we can't stop reading this book before knowing the final outcome.
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