Always sucked me in right away. Kailey was fiercely in love in her 20s, but then Cade disappeared without explanation. Ten years later she has finally moved on. She is engaged to Ryan, but when she sees Cade, a homeless man now, outside of a restaurant one night, her whole world is turned upside down. This book alternates between the past, the music scene in Seattle in 1996, and the present, Seattle in 2008. The reader sees Kailey and Cade fall in love, and she watches Kailey try to help Cade in the present while keeping her relationship with Ryan going.
I’d never read Sarah Jio before, but I loved her writing. Both time periods are told in Kailey’s voice, and I grew attached to her right away. I enjoyed being inside her head and reading of her struggles in the past and present. I also enjoyed how Jio tackled a difficult topic, homelessness, with this story. Kailey has a big heart, and it came out in her work (as a writer for the Herald) and in her actions with Cade, Ryan, and her best friend, Tracy.
This story is about the lasting affects of first love. I wasn’t quite sure what was going to happen, and there’s even some suspense once Kailey starts investigating what happened to Cade to cause him to end up homeless. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I blew through it in a couple of days. My only complaint, other than some occasional cheesiness, was that this book wasn’t longer. I wasn’t ready to let Kailey’s story go when I reached the end.
Rating: 4 Stars
Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This fact does not in any way impact my thoughts/feelings about the book.