Aria could not believe her eyes when she saw that Cole was back. Cole: the one person that ruined her for life. It's been 10 years of living without him, and yet seeing him again makes her go completely undone.
"Only love can murder you, yet still keep your heart beating enough to feel every bit of the pain." (17)
Aria spends a little too much time obsessing on Cole and the past. Initially, she wanted nothing to do with him, but then she jumps at the opportunity to meet Cole just to "talk." Of course, nothing could prepare her on the news that Cole was moving back...permanently.
This was a simple love story between two long-time childhood friends. Cole and Aria seemed okay together. I wondered if it was necessary to relive certain moments in their past; I mean, we certainly didn't need to go that deep. As stated, "The past is trying to collide with [the] present and [you] feel more off balance than ever." (41) That's how this story felt to me―off balance with the past and present. I would've liked more focus on the present. I suppose the author was trying to establish the strong connection between the two main characters, but that could've been done without the constant back-and-forth.
My rating: 2 stars