This is the first part in a two part series. I was drawn to the novel by the prologue. The main character, Marlow or Low for short, is simply done with love. She wants no part of it and seems like such a strong and opinioned character I was instantly drawn to her and wanted to know her story.
Marlow takes us back 8 years to her senior year in high school. She is from a small town in Texas where she feels like she never quite fits in even though she is really close to her family. When her estranged mother who is now an artist in New Orleans invites her to complete her senior year at the prestigious Orleans Academy she jumps at the chance. When she arrives she makes an immediate connection to her roommates but has an awkward run in with Ever, one of guys at school who happens to be one of her new friend’s roommates. This starts an all-out feud between Ever and Marlow. The two finally are forced to make a truce when they end up working the same part time job after school but what starts as a tentative truce turns into something more for each of them. Marlow has committed to not getting involved with anyone since she is determined to focus on school and making her parents proud and Ever doesn’t let anyone too close because of his past but the two can’t fight the pull they have towards each other. Just when everything seems to be falling into place something terrible happens. One night changes everything and Ever and Marlow are left to deal with the consequences. Can they find the strength to move past it or will that one night determine their future together?
I give this book 4 out of 5 stars because it was a little slow getting into and there is a lot of teenage angst but once I got into it I was hooked. I will definitely be reading the sequel.