Friday, January 20, 2017

Review: THE DAY HE WENT AWAY by Jennifer Millikin

For a while, Kate has been thinking and daydreaming more and more about Ethan, her best friend, who has been in love with her for years but has always been rejected. Now, perhaps Katie is having second thoughts, especially since he's "Army strong." Yeah, well, the Army will do that.

In a matter of days, Ethan deploys to Afghanistan on a military op for 10 months, but he still makes it his mission to wait for Kate to return his love.

Told in the POV of Kate and Ethan, story is a tale of unrequited and a promising love. A once-in-a-lifetime love. The day he went away, Ethan promised he would return to Kate, to be together, to live out their love as they were always meant to. The news of Ethan's death was heart-wrenching and earth-shattering. How could Katie go on living in a world without Ethan?

Kate is drowning, spiraling in loss and guilt, her struggle to breathe tightened by devastation. Like Ethan, she's dead. But an old Army buddy of his might just be able to bring her back. Nick promised Ethan that he would take care of Kate. Together, they find a way to get back to the living. We're fighting this fight together. That's how we'll make it through.

Well-written and endearing. The author knows how to weave a tale full of complexity and sorrow. The story is a powerful tale of grief and healing.

My rating: 5 stars

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