So, I was searching for a book that was heart break/love gone bad themed. It was kind of hard choosing which book to read. But then, I made a wild guess and I chose this.
Hmm, I would not say that I was disappointed though it was not really the story line or plot I was looking for but I would say the novel was good. Really good. It seemed like one of these wattpad stories. I will not be shocked if Kami first started writing this story on wattpad.
But one thing I know and I love is that Kami wrote the book based on her own personal experience. It’s quite sad 😪.
OK, so what’s the story???
Tess should know the truth soon, if she doesn’t already. But what will that do to our friendship? Will things ever be the same between us if Reed gets banned from the league? I’m the one who reported him. Will Tess think about that every time her mom works an extra shift?
My cell phone rings and Tess’ number appears on the screen. This won’t be an easy conversation. She’s probably hysterical.
I take a deep breath. “Hey.”
Tess sniffles on the other end of the line. “How could you do this to me?”
“Lie to me,” Tess says between ragged sobs. “You were supposed to be my best friend. I trusted you.”
The word knocks the air out of my lungs.
“I didn’t lie.”
“The results of Reed’s drug test came back, Peyton. They were negative.”
For a second, I’m not sure if I heard her correctly. “Then the results are wrong. They need to test him again.”
My head spins like I’m stuck on a ride that’s moving too fast.
“Did you even think about how this would affect me?” Tess chokes back a sob. “Reed would’ve been banned from competition and the gym. And I would’ve ended up sleeping in the car, with my mom, in the Walmart parking lot. Without my brother’s help, her paychecks would last us two weeks.”
“I’d never do anything to hurt you, or your family, Tess.”
“You already did.”
The line goes dead.
The test came back clean.
The first thing that I love about this book is the opening note.
I don’t know if you have any idea of how it feels to want to say something about an incident that really happened but you’re scared that you won’t be believed. Or you say what really happened about something and no one believes you. The world literally calls you a liar and the one who is wrong plays the perfect… I don’t even know what word to use. Probably victim should be the word to use. Mehn, honestly, that shit hurts a lot like hell.
Well, the story is not that sad after all. It’s all about finding a happy even after not a happy ever after. I honestly think that happy ever after is a scam. It doesn’t exist. At all!
I mean life can’t be all bed of roses till one dies. There has to be strips of thorns by the side of the bed of roses.
Peyton Rios, high school athlete who just got admission into UCH was having a good life untill she found out her boyfriend, Reed was cheating in his own field of sport. Wrestling. Ohhh, that sparked arguments. Arguments which led to breaking up which led to physical assault. Physical assault painted as an accident. Peyton talked and told everyone that it wasn’t an accident. No one believed her. Her best friend supported her brother. The so called brother still played the perfect boyfriend who is being lied against. This assault caused Peyton surgery and months of rehabilitation. Faithful Reed followers who thought Peyton needed to be punished for almost ruining Reed’s perfect reputation started threatening her till she had to move away and change schools.
After this incident, Peyton was shattered. Her heart was broken to pieces. She vowed never to fall in love again. More like she thinks she isn’t capable of falling in love. She’s just going to focus on healing her legs so she can compete in the next season. She’s going to blend into the shadows at this new school she’s going. But as fate would have it, she couldn’t help falling for this really handsome guy. This guy,Chris happens to be a fighter too. That sparked up red x’s. Dangerous zone. But bleh,Peyton’s heart has other plans.
It’s really annoying when your head says something and your heart is saying something else.
So Chris and Peyton were just friends until it led to something more. The almost kiss moments portrayed by Kami were really annoying. I was already chanting in my head; kiss,kiss,kiss. Only for the kiss not to happen then. But it eventually happened later ☺.They were pretty cute together.Chris and Peyton had issues of their own but they worked their way through it. Reed never gave up on Peyton and kept stalking her until he stalked her to his doom. And Peyton lived happily even after she was broken to pieces.
I tried to be vague with the details of the novel 😑. I hope I was.
The messages Kami tried to pass across to the readers is something really paramount and important.
To the athletes out there, you cheating by using drugs and pumping your body with different substances isn’t helping you at all. You’re destroying yourself! Killing yourself! It’s actually against the law, if you get caught you will be thrown into prison! So please, I beg you, if you are into this, please seek professional help and stop it. If you are thinking of going into this, please, have a change of heart. This stuffs kills. It turns you into this person you are not. Do not take any form of hard substances or performance enhancing drugs. You just going to end up like Reed if not worse than that.
To the girls and ladies out there. You can be strong like Peyton. No matter what hell you’ve been through, you can still pull out stronger and better than you were. What does not kill you makes you stronger. If your heart has been broken into pieces, pick up the pieces and glue them together. Do not wish for a happy ever after. Work towards a happy even after. Always speak out! A lot of ladies are dying from not being able to speak about something that really happened to them. You are stronger than you think ladies!
And to the men or guys, do not keep stuffs from your lady 😒. It’s annoying and it hurts like hell. It sows the seed of distrust.
Well, that’s the end of my review. I hope you enjoyed it because I kind of wrote it in a rush. I will write up on the effects and consequences of taking performance enhancing drugs for athletes.
Until next time😉. You can reach out to me via my email; firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have any thing you wish to let me know. And also, do read the book and let me know what you think about it.