There’s so so sooo much to say about this book. So many feelings I’d love to share, but this is also a very spoiler-sensitive book. So instead of giving you an extended review, I’ve decided to write a mini review on this book instead, because I’m just too scared to spoil anything haha. Even though I’d love to go all-out about this amazing book, I’ll keep it a bit compacted this time since I just don’t want to spoil anything for you guys.
For most of you who already heard about the book, it’s already known; this is an emotionally ‘heavy’ read, so be prepared. At least, for me, it was just that. This book impacted me on such an intense level and it left me breathless. Books like these are so hard to review I think because it’s just really difficult to write all these intense emotions down for you guys. I’m always scared I just can’t bring my feels into words to you and show you just how much of an impact a book like this was for me. But I’ll try nonetheless haha.
“Beautiful, real, and devastating, If There’s No Tomorrow grabbed me by the heart from the first lines and didn’t let go until the very end. Teeming with toe-curling romance, fully-realized friendships, and nuanced portrayals of grief and healing, this book will forever have a spot on my all-time favorites shelf. Absolutely brilliant and unforgettable.”# 1 New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas.
First off… I think it takes guts to write this kind of book; Books about sensitive subjects with ‘messages’ attached that need to be ‘heard’ and/or ‘read’. The particular things happening in this book are things that happens so much – and too often, unfortunately – nowadays and it’s just really sad and heartbreaking for every party involved. The way Armentrout writes about past, present, future involving this subject is so well done and had me in tears so many times! I was really impressed with the writing of this one, damn.
“I knew I couldn’t go back and start a new beginning.
I couldn’t rewrite the middle.
All I could do was change tomorrow, as long as I had one.”
I especially loved the psychological aspect of this story. Everything was so well written and connected to me as a reader. It made such an incredibly huge impact, I’m just not able to put in words exactly what it did to me, but it was a really special read, let me tell you that. You can have your judgments ready about some persons in this book and about the whole situation in general, but I didn’t judge this character for one second because this situation doesn’t need judging I think, even though a lot of people would think otherwise. But the main character in this book has so much happened to her and she has so much to endure physically and especially emotionally; that’s harsh enough as it is, I think. And because things happening in this book ARE our real-life reality as well and knowing that, is just extremely saddening and gave me a huge wake-up call at the same time. The hidden ‘message’ in this book is such an important one and hits home.
The writing connected me to the characters, to their situation and even though the level of angst is not what you’d normally expect in an Armentrout book, I didn’t miss it one second. The intensity I felt throughout the book because of the seriousness in everything, had me on the edge of my seat right from the start for the entire read and was more than enough ‘angst’ for me haha. And Lena, our main characters, is just so incredibly written! It’s true that she does make a bad choice but she isn’t the only one that makes bad choices. Quite a few people made bad choices and they are all reasons why what happened, happened. It’s a good look at how a seemingly harmless choice to go along with the crowd, can have some really devastating consequences and how it can be hard to speak up in these circumstances. And reading about it all, and especially about the physical and mental recovery afterward was just amazing. I’m in awe at How Armentrout wrote this book. I mean, I knew the woman could WRITE you know? Love most of her books so much, but this one.. just Wow!
So, yeah… this book….. it really took my breath away in the best way possible. It’s so tragic, heartbreaking and beautifully written. I’m still chock full of emotions right now, after just finishing the book and writing down my thoughts… It was an emotional roller coaster ride, reading this book, and I’m still heartbroken for everything the people in this book went through. This book touched my heart and will leave me thinking about it for a long time to come…