This was the first book in a long time, with the exception of very few, that I truly read in one sitting. We use that phrase but for me, that's usually not entirely true. I get up, do stuff with my kids, etc but I say it meaning I read it over the course of one day. Not the case this time. I could not stop. Seriously. Every single page hooked me. Every interaction took my breath away. I couldn't wait for the next conversation between Elijah and Kaley. I thrived on the angst and close calls. I just couldn't flip the pages fast enough. To say that you'll be captivated is an understatement, and I can't fathom not reading it in one sitting. I think trying to walk away without knowing what was next would have killed me.
The intensity of the connection between Elijah and Kaley also made the story for me. You can feel it from the moment she walks into his classroom, and it doesn't quit. You'll find yourself cheering for them from the first time they make eye contact. I loved Elijah and Kaley but I also enjoyed the entire ensemble. Everyone has their place in their world and I ended up feeling connected to them all, including even a character or two that I shouldn't have.
The writing is absolutely beautiful. The way Stevenson always knows the right way to describe the twists and turns shows that she's the real deal. She's very eloquent in every aspect of her storytelling.
Overall, I was a bit nervous and have come out more than pleased. I adored everything about this story. It's exciting, intense, and so much fun. The journey these two travel, together and apart, will definitely end up as one of my new favorites. I can't wait for the sequel and just might go start this ride all over again right now. Love loved!