To The Steadfast
by Briana Gaitan
Genre: Coming of Age Romance
Cover Artist: Romantic Book Affairs
Release Date: August 31st 2015
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Resolute. Firm. Unwavering
That was my love for him.
Steadfast for as long as I can remember.
As my best friend's brother, he ignored me before noticing me. He protected me, bought me my first beer, but eventually became my undoing.
There was a time I would have died to get him to notice me, now I'd do anything to forget him.
I'm not the one who can tame him, and he's not the guy who will change for me.
This isn't a story about falling in love, this is a story about falling out of love.
And finding the strength to move on.
Here's to the steadfast.
*This is a standalone story that crosses years from YA into NA genre, due to heavy subject matter this book is for ages 16 and up. This is not your typical love story.*
** I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!**
Everything that is stated in the synopsis is true. This is not your typical love story at all. This book, in my opinion, is more about how obsessive young love can mess with a persons head and life. It is about the destruction it can cause and the blinders it puts in place. In other words it is angst, more angst and then even some more.
Without giving away the story I do have a few things to say about the book. First of all, it did make me angry a lot. I wanted to reach in and give Cody a shake. I wanted to scream at her through the pages. She made a lot of stupid mistakes and was so blinded by Mischa that it was bordering on ridiculous. If nothing else, Gaitan was really effective in showing how misguided some young people can be when it comes to relationships and how unhealthy some relationships are. A great deal of the story was about Cody trying to break the misguided attachment she had to him.
The second thing that I have to mention is that I absolutely hated Mischa. There wasn't a single redeeming thing about him. I really wanted Cody to come to her senses because he was not worth any of the heartache that he caused her. No matter what the hand he was dealt, he was just selfish. The reader does eventually get to hear his voice at the end of the book which does give him a little more depth but it wasn't enough for me. There was more feeling and emotion in any one of Cody's rooftop adventures than any single interaction with Mischa.
As you can tell, I had some strong feelings about this book. It doesn't mean that I didn't like it, in fact it was quite the opposite. I liked that the story was about the more unpleasant side of some relationships. It showcased how obsession and infatuation can come into play and how it can mess with a persons life. It didn't necessarily play out the way that I was hoping it would but I think it is left with the possibility of another book. At least I hope it is. I'd really like to see what happens to Cody next.
About the Author
Briana Gaitan is the bestselling author of the Hollywood Timelines series (The Last Thing and The One Thing) and coauthor of the Ethereal Underground series.Briana is a southern native and self-proclaimed geek. She has never wanted anything but to create whether it be composing music, decorating her house, or giving voices to the characters inside her head.Her days are spent obsessing over a good read, raising her three kids, and watching anything on the SyFy channel. Through her writing, she hopes to inspire others to believe in the impossible.