Chrissy’s Review: I Loved It!
Ok, this isn’t a book I would normally pick up, motocross and supercross racing? Not my thing, that is until I met Parker O’Neil, the shy 17 year old boy who starts working at Rowen “Ro” Jensen’s dad’s garage. Rowen was instantly attracted to Parker, but she is shy and thinks she is not someone who could catch his eye. Addy, Rowens best friend, and Parker’s brother end up becoming close, and the boys are going to Utah to get some riding in for a few weeks on summer vacation. Addy talks Rowen into go and her dad Rick agrees. Addy and Justin are quick to hit it off which leads Parker and Rowen alone, both of them are so shy, but at night when the moon is out they can finally talk. You find out that Parker is just as attracted to Rowen as she is to him, the summer heats up and you feel like you are there with them, the awkwardness of the first time, falling in love for the first time, and how things are so much different when you are away from home then when you come home and reality hits. Parker ends up getting his Yamaha sponsorship back, and Rowen lets him go, believing that she isn’t what she needs and walks away. This story goes through 5 years of Rowen and Parker’s relationship and you feel for them the heartache Rowen goes through only seeing or hearing from Parker every so often, the love she has for him (even though she won’t admit it) and the pain she feels, you cry with her, you get depressed with her and you love with her. She tries to move on, and thinks she is doing the right thing, she lets other people tell her what Parker is doing and who Parker is without actually talking to him, you want to slap her at times, and you want to hug her other times.
Everything comes to a head, and its heartbreaking, you start asking yourself and the book (or in my case my Kindle) how could you? Why are you doing this? Why can’t you just say how you feel, instead of doing the opposite. This book was an emotional roller-coaster for me, and I loved every second of it. You do get tiny peaks of what is going on in Parker’s head towards the end, and I LOVED IT!!! You realize throughout the five years (and more) that this story goes everything changes, it can change for the better, change for the worse, but no matter what things change, people change, and sometimes it is downright ugly, and sometimes it is the most amazing thing you could possibly ever experience. This is the story of young love, losing everything you thought was important to you, and gaining the most important things in the end. You learn the power of friendship, first loves, and the uncertainty we all feel about what is next.
This was a definite unexpected favorite book for me, and I am now a huge Shey Stahl fan, I will read anything by her as the 2 books I’ve read so far I have loved every second of it, I wont shy away from her book if it is about a sport I’m not found of (or know nothing about), she has a way of making you love these characters and pulling at your heart strings, and taking you into the story, that when you finish, you sit back and say “WOW!!”. When you pick up this book to start reading, make sure you have time to finish it, I had a hard time putting this book down all weekend, and now wish I would have drug it out more because it’s over and I want more!
- Review: Everything Changes by Shey Stahl (girlbooklove.com)