Title: All It Takes
Author: Sadie Munroe
Length: 193 pages (eBook)
Genre: New Adult
My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
Nineteen-year-old Star Collins never intended to return to her hometown, Avenue. That part of her life ended when she was nine years old, and child services took her away from her hoarder mother. Her mother chose her stuff over her daughter. That part of her life was supposed to be in the past.
But her mother has just passed away and Star finds herself giving up her summer to quietly clean out her old home. She just wants to sell it and move on with her life. However, things aren’t going the way she planned. With her dyed-black hair and tattoos, she’s attracting almost as much attention from the small town residents as Ash Winthrope, the guy who was just released from prison.
All Ash wants is a chance to start over. He screwed up and he knows it, he’s going to have to live with the guilt for the rest of his life. But he’s stuck in Avenue until his parole ends, and no one, not even his own parents, wants anything to do with him. Nearly out of money and completely out of options, Ash takes the only job he can, helping Star haul stuff out of her mother’s house.
Neither of them expects anything to happen between them, or for their lives to change. But sometimes meeting the right person is all it takes.
Wow. Just wow. I absolutely loved this book. I don’t even know where to start.
Okay, let’s start with my initial impression of the book. I really liked the cover. I just had to know more about this girl, and I felt like I could relate to her just by looking at her. Then, I read the first page, and I was hooked. Sometimes judging a book by its cover really pays off, and it definitely did here.
Star and Ash may be my new favorite book couple. Star didn’t have the best childhood. Her mom was a hoarder and ended up choosing all her junk over her daughter, leaving Star in foster care. Ash hasn’t had it easy either. He has been in prison for the last five years. Having to live with what he did, everyone in town, including his parents, make it even harder for him to move on. Being the outsiders in their own hometown, they are instantly drawn to each other.
What I really loved about their relationship was that they gave each other a chance. While everyone else was completely rude and looked at and treated Ash like he was some horrible, dangerous murderer, Star saw something in him. And when everyone gave Star weird looks because of her tattoos and dyed black hair, Ash didn’t care; he actually thought she was gorgeous. And the way they started out as employee and employer and then turning into friends and then possibly something more was realistic. So many times, I’m disappointed in books because the relationship is rushed or takes way too long, but this was perfectly paced. Kudos to Sadie Munroe!
Speaking of this amazing author, I was so surprised when I found out that this is her debut novel. It was written so well! Not many authors can turn me, a grown adult, into a neurotic fangirl who has just found her perfect book boyfriend to obsess over, but Sadie Munroe clearly accomplished this. In addition to unforgettable characters, who are completely relatable, the plot was so unique. I haven’t read anything similar, so that was refreshing.
Overall, this was an amazing book, and I MUST own a physical copy of the book. I won’t be happy until it is on my bookshelf, ready and waiting for me to reread over and over again. I REALLY hope to see many more books by Munroe. I’ll be impatiently waiting for more…
Check out the author here: http://sadiemunroe.com or on Twitter
*I was provided with an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*