Monday, June 8, 2015

Days Like This - Danielle Ellison

Summary from Goodreads:

Sometimes the only thing standing between fear and hope is you.

Almost a year ago, nineteen-year-old Cassie Harlen had a lot to deal with. A stack of college acceptance letters waiting for answers, a proposal from the boy next door, and a mother whose most recent bipolar episode left Cassie hurt and confused. Tired of cleaning up the messes caused by her mother's disorder, of resenting her mother for not being there, and scared of being trapped by an inevitable future—which included marrying Graham Tucker—Cassie did the only thing she could think of to keep from ending up like her mother: she left.

Graham never knew why Cassie walked away. He woke up one morning and she was gone—along with the life that he’d created around her. After eleven months, Graham has a new plan for his future. One that doesn't involve Cassie Harlen.

When Cassie's mom nearly burns down her house, Cassie’s forced to return home. Back to a mother she’s tried to ignore and the guy she’s been unable to forget. Graham doesn't know how he's going to spend the whole summer living next door to the person who broke his heart without letting those old feelings push through to the surface.

Neither does Cassie.
I became a fan of Danielle Ellison when I read Salt and while I DNF'd one of her other books, I was excited to get approved to read Days Like This! I thought this book was going to be more of a fluff read but I found it to actually be an emotional read for me that brought up thoughts of my own family and things I've said to them and of how I've always wanted to live my life and I just found certain parts of Cassie and her story to be very relatable for me! I felt like there was a dark undertone to this story and then there was the light at the end of the tunnel. I liked that there was more depth and that the story dealt with a mental illness (although it wasn't the main storyline). I enjoyed seeing Cassie come to terms with why she leaves people and I just keep thinking about myself a lot. I say give Days Like This a read - I think it's a good one for Danielle Ellison and I can't wait to see what else she comes up with next! I hope she continues in this direction!

Rating: 3.5/5

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