Exert from the book
Everyone has their definition of love. There have been countless songs sung about it. A gazillion books, articles, and poems written about it. There are experts on love who will tell you how to get it, keep it, and get over it.
We’re led to believe love is complicated. It’s not the love that’s complicated. It’s all the crap that we attach to it and put in front of it that makes it difficult. If you’re smart, you’ll realize this before it’s too late and simplify.
How low can one person go, before everything just falls apart. My heart broke at ever turn. A girl that could feel she can never measure up to an unreachable standard. Her grades, her looks, her abilities in life. Then the turning point. The Cancer. I cried so many times, I think my husband thought something was wrong with me. My heart kept breaking and my throat was chocked up. It is such a powerful part in the book. Danton was great comic relef during the dark parts of the book.
As a teenage girl, you trust those around you; your parents, teachers, your friends. Amanda (Tweet) trusted Noah with her heart and her girl friends too. No matter what, she always fell apart. One thing that broke my heart was the amount of times she kept pushing Noah away. A boy can only be pushed so many times before he moves on to someone else.
The epiphany moment for Amanda about herself, “No i wasn’t perfect and never would be, but that’s fine. There are more important things in life than chasing after this myth of perfection. Perfect is in the eye of the beholder. I had wasted enough time trying to control things in my life and it was exhausting. The only thing I could control as myself. If i put myself out there and got hurt, then I got hurt. At least I won’t be living with regret.”
I love the growth I see in Amanda that evolves throughout the book. It is powerful and honest. She doesn’t allow herself to be happy, because she is so used to being compared to her elder sister. Noah is the best. I mean he stood by her and never truly gave up, regardless of their falling out for a time.