on April 4th, 2017
Meg Haston's romantic and thrilling new YA novel explores a star-crossed high school relationship in a tale rife with deeply buried secrets and shocking revelations.
Bridge and Wil have been entangled in each other’s lives for years. Under the white-hot Florida sun, they went from kids daring each other to swim past the breakers to teenagers stealing kisses between classes. But when Bridge betrayed Wil during their junior year, she shattered his heart and their relationship along with it.
Then Wil’s family suffers a violent loss, and Bridge rushes back to Wil’s side. As they struggle to heal old wounds and start falling for each other all over again, Bridge and Wil discover just how much has changed in the past year. As the fierce current of tragedy threatens to pull them under, they must learn how to swim on their own—or risk drowning together.
I read Meg Haston’s debut, Paperweight almost 2 years ago and after a rough start, I fell in love with the book. It was a gorgeous book that really made me think about a lot of things. So I was excited to pick up her sophomore release, The End of Our Story. I had high hopes for it despite it looking a bit more romance-y than I liked.
Quite honestly, I really could have skipped this one. I could never get behind Wil & Bridge’s relationship. It felt off to me and more than just the fact that Bridge cheated on him (which makes me rage-y all on it’s own) It felt like it was much stronger as a friendship and I never really considered the relationship as serious as Bridge seemed to. She gets completely obsessed with him, which definitely bugged me.
I liked it so much better when she wasn’t falling all over Wil. I loved her friendship with Leigh and when she starts sacrificing her friendship with Leigh in favor of being with Wil again, I got super rage-y. Dropping your friends (even if it’s only temporary) in favor of a romantic interest, is a big turnoff for me. I hated her for that. Leigh was a hell of a lot more patient than I could ever be.
I did love Bridge’s relationship with her mom & her brother. It reminded me a lot of my own relationship with my mother and brother. It was good to see that she had a strong family despite it not being what people would consider a “normal” family. I think seeing atypical family structures is incredibly important to teens today, so I was happy to see that this book did that.
I really couldn’t stand Wil either. I did feel bad for him and his circumstances. I know what it was like to live with a dad with anger issues, but what I could not condone was Wil basically blaming his mother for them. That enraged me and if it had been earlier in the book, I would have DNFed it. He made me so angry with the way he treated his mother. He didn’t seem to realize or even care that his mother was being verbally & physically abused. When my mother was in that situation, I stepped up for her EVERY time, even as a teenager and it infuriated me that Wil didn’t.
Final thoughts: What a massive disappointment this book was.