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A wonderful leading man, but a challenging read
Reviewed in Australia on 14 January 2016
There is a lot to like about this book, but it was also incredibly frustrating. I rarely side with the male characters but in this book you could not do anything but feel for Adam. He fell in love with the person he thought was his soulmate, ignoring warning signs that he didn't know her at all, clearly proving the adage "love is blind".
It starts out in Santorini where both characters are on holiday where they’ve had an amazing time. Adam proposes to Sarah on the trip, this is where the domino effect begins. Sarah rejects his proposal, much to Adam’s surprise & with little explanation. She instead proceeds to end their relationship, completely devastating Adam with her cold demeanor. They currently live together and are unable to break their lease without living in poverty afterwards. So now they are forced to live together for the remaining months - it's torture and you feel it as a reader.
Sarah largely hides herself away, refusing to say any more to Adam about her rejection aside from telling him that he's better off without her. Adam reacts with anger and pain, attempting to soothe his hurt through alcohol and hook-ups. He tries to exorcise his love for Sarah, but nothing works. The story is told in both their points of view; it makes it easier to see the internal struggle each go through during their “complicated” phase in their relationship but sadly it doesn't help the story. There are many surprises along the way and although you get hints and start thinking you know this big dark secret Sarah is hiding, I certainly didn't understand or expect the gravity of it.
Adam is a wonderful character. The weakness here is Sarah. She's just irredeemable, she's cold, moody, indifferent and closed, and in order to understand Adam's love for her, we need to find something about her to like before we believe in their love. I would like to give this more than 3 stars but it took until 90% into the book to find out the secret and for me that is too much angst before a pay-off.