True Love Way by Mary Elizabeth
Published by Self-Published on April 14, 2015
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary, Fiction, New Adult, Romance, Young Adult
I received this book for free from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Some days are brighter than others, but Penelope Finnel has been taught she can be invisible behind the colored lenses of her heart-shaped sunglasses.Amazon • Barnes & Noble •
Her mind is her worst enemy, and simply waking up in the morning is risky. For a kid like her, staying in bed is easier, especially when the day has come to start school in a new town with new kids who don’t understand that the clouds are not the only reason everything is so gloomy.
Dillon Decker is a typical boy from a typical small town who radiates light and happiness. Under the hovering glare from her father, Dillon leads Penelope around on his bicycle’s handlebars, hoping he is the cure to her madness.
But when friend turns to lover, and lover turns to caretaker, how much can either of them tolerate before they’re swallowed whole?
A story about moving trucks and rollerblades, candy for smiles, and notes across lawns.
First loves and the struggle to keep it sane.
The true love way.
This is such a beautifully, tragic story about a love with no boundaries or conditions that spans the test of time. I started this book at midnight and immediately regretted that decision after 1 or 2 chapters knowing it would be an all-nighter type of read. I found the story and characters easy to connect to and love. Each character (main and secondary) had such a clear identity that was as unique as the writing style, and added so much to the story. My emotions were all over the place throughout the book. I laughed…a lot. I swooned…a lot. I cried… a lot.
We are introduced to the main characters as they become neighbors in early junior high. This love story has a slow progression, but the bond is immediate. I enjoyed the premise behind these two. Penelope is kind of the odd one out. Although she has the support of family, life is very hard for her and life is a daily struggle. Dillon is the boy next door that seems to get everything right and doors simply open for him. Everything for him is easy… except dealing with Penelope. Penelope has a secret. A secret that keeps her in bed for days, and out of Dillon’s reach. I’m not going to discuss what is going on with Penelope even though it is a huge part of the book, because there is a little bit of mystery surrounding it in the beginning, and I don’t want to ruin that part of the book for you.
I loved the reality of this book even when at times it wasn’t fun to read. We often label books as real because we can relate to them. This book takes that a step further. Mary Elizabeth opens up the reality of the world that isn’t so pretty. The world where the sun doesn’t always shine, and there are no promises of happy endings. You just have to follow the unpredictable path this book takes you on. And unpredictable it was.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book, and Mary Elizabeth solidified a spot on my auto-click authors list.
My dad stares at me like I just told him there’s a dental theories’ seminar for nerd dentists like himself he wasn’t invited to.
No, better than that.
His face reminds me of that time he realized a grown man had stolen his lucky molar spreader from his office after an extraction and was forced to buy a new, unlucky one.
“Are you sure you’re ready?” Dad clears his throat, shutting the door so that Mom doesn’t hear our conversation.
Sex is natural, it happens, and it’s a part of becoming a man. Dad told me all of this when he was naming parts on a plastic uterus, and now he wants to know if I’m ready. I wasn’t ready for hair to grow on my balls, but that happened.
I wonder how many M&M’s Coach Finnel will give me if I make Pen smile during sex.
Those should count as double.
“Considering Penelope’s condition, Dillon, committing to a physical relationship with her isn’t very wise.”
“She’s sad sometimes,” I say, swallowing my anger. “Not dying.”
Pulling the rolling chair out from behind his desk, he sits and takes his glasses off. Dad pinches the bridge of his nose before continuing. “There’s more to it than that, Dillon. Especially in children, and that’s exactly what the two of you are.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mary Elizabeth is an up and coming author who finds words in chaos, writing stories about the skeletons hanging in your closets.
Known as The Realist, Mary was born and raised in Southern California. She is a wife, mother of four beautiful children, and dog tamer to one enthusiastic Pit Bull and a prissy Chihuahua. She’s a hairstylist by day but contemporary fiction, new adult author by night. Mary can often be found finger twirling her hair and chewing on a stick of licorice while writing and rewriting a sentence over and over until it’s perfect. She discovered her talent for tale-telling accidentally, but literature is in her chokehold. And she’s not letting go until every story is told.
“The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure.”–Jeremiah 17:9