Title: Come Back To Me
Author: Coleen Patrick
# Of Pages: 187
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Publication Date: March 5, 2013
Level: Young Adult
Rating: 4 Hearts
Whitney Denison can’t wait to start over.
She thought she had everything under control, that her future would always include her best friend Katie… Until everything changed.
Now her life in Bloom is one big morning after hangover, filled with regret, grief, and tiny pinpricks of reminders that she was once happy. A happy she ruined. A happy she can’t fix.
So, she is counting down the days until she leaves home for Colson University, cramming her summer with busywork she didn’t finish her senior year, and taking on new hobbies that involve glue and glitter, and dodging anyone who reminds her of her old life.
When she runs into the stranger who drove her home on graduation night, after she’d passed out next to a ditch, she feels herself sinking again. The key to surviving the summer in Bloom is unraveling whatever good memories she can from that night.
But in searching for answers, she’ll have to ask for help and that means turning to Evan, the stranger, and Kyle, Katie’s ex-boyfriend. Suddenly, life flips again, and Whitney finds herself on not only the precipice of happy but love, too, causing her to question whether she can trust her feelings, or if she is falling into her old patterns of extremes.
As she uncovers the truth about her memories, Whitney sees that life isn’t all or nothing, and that happy isn’t something to wait for, that instead, happy might just be a choice.
I’ve been in a reading slump for the last couple weeks and really needed a good book to pull me out of it. Come Back To Me was just the right book. I read the first 80% without stopping then took a small break before returning to finish it off.
The story centers around Whitney, whose voice I really enjoyed. She was honest, believable, and easy to relate to. Having recently lost her best friend, Whitney is still trying to figure out how to move on from her haunted past, and the best solution she’s discovered is to hide out in her bedroom, drinking. After hallucinating and passing out drunk next to a ditch at her friend’s graduation party, her parents decide to enroll her in rehab. When she gets out there are only 57 days left until she moves to Colton University to start a new life, a life where people don’t know her past. Now all she has to do is find a way to pass those 57 days. In order to fulfill some outstanding volunteer hours, Whitney starts to work at a little tea shop that she wanders into when following Evan, the mysterious boy who delivered her home drunk to her parents.
I really enjoyed the relationship between Whitney and Evan. Having been the one to bring Whitney home when she was completely trashed it would have been easy for Evan to judge her, but he doesn’t. He is super sweet and reaches out to her a few times before Whitney can bring herself to face him again. The one small issue I had was that I wished their relationship had been developed deeper. I feel like the background and building up to the relationship was really great but then once they went on a first date it was like vrrroom, everything flew by so fast and then the book was over.
Overall, this was a great contemporary romance with the additional substance of a girl struggling to overcome her best friend’s death, her drinking problem, and fix the strained relationship she shares with her parents. A great debut from author, Coleen Patrick, whom I look forward to seeing more from!