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My rating: 3.7 stars
"Amy has a secret: no one has ever held her hand. She doesn’t even know how to hug. Everybody thinks she’s brilliant, but that’s because school was all she had. Then she meets Dane, a golden-haired surfer whose easy charm and hot touch teach her what she longs to know.
Dane lives for the salty breeze and a sweet wave, because that’s all he has. He’s lived on the streets since he was fourteen. A drifter. Homeless. Then he meets Amy. Smart and accomplished, she's everything he's not. He wants to be the sort of man who deserves her.
Except that means facing down his past—and that past might very well swallow them both."
Something usual and something unusual for new adult. This is first new adult romance by Amber Lin. Her previous books, The Lost Girls series are more appropriate for adult audience. To be honest, I was a little bit surprised when I found out that she will publish new adult novel this month. How To Say Goodbye did not disappoint, there were few fresh turns, but also standard cliches of genre.
What did I like?
- Main character, Amy is half American, half Japanese so there is whole cultural issues. Different from what you'd expect.
- Dual point of view. It doesn't follow usual his chapter/her chapter one after the another scheme.
- Writing. Amber Lin has a way with words. She reminds me a little bit of Megan Hart.
- No alpha males. Dane is has his own quirks but being an typical alpha male of new adult genre is not one of them. He is musician, but not a rock star. He has his own secrets and darkness, but he's now troubled bad boy who finds release in violence and womanizing.
- Amy is smart girl who doesn't throw her whole future away because of the boy. And Dane is kind of the guy who would never let her do that.
What I didn't like that much?
- I didn't get captivated by story from the very beginning. It goes slow and you need to be patient to figure out few key points that will make you understand characters better.
- Main female character has a lot of usual issues - introvert, virgin, too shy... Painfully annoying.
- Convenient solutions for their problems. I'll leave it at that because I don't want to spoil the book for anyone interested in reading. I still loved How To say Goodbye, I was happy for them and I swooned, but it's pretty much fluffy read.
***Copy of the was provided by author, Amber Lin, in exchange for and honest review.***