If There's No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I received this free eARC novel from Edelweiss and from the author in exchange for my honest review.
Lena has everything all planned out for her senior year in high school. She is applying early for college, she is going to see her best friends, Abbi, Dary and Megan, all of the time, and she is going to try to tell Sebastian that she has been in love with him since she saw him at age 8 when she moved in next door.
And all was starting to go on the right track...well mostly. But it's not going the way Lena wants it to. Especially when she kissed Sebastian and instead of kissing her back, he ran away and avoided her.
But all of these things became pretty insignificant to Lena after the car accident. After 4 people died and Lena was the only one to survive. When Lena knew she could have stopped it, but didn't and now she is paying the consequences.
I was so excited to get this ARC! I love JLA and was really looking forward to this book! And I wasn't disappointed in the slightest. It even made me cry a little bit...
This is a very emotional novel and I could not even imagine how Lena dealt with the situation at hand. I can completely understand why she thought the way that she did and why she acted the way she acted, even though I wanted to just slap her and make her see reason after a period of time.
All of JLA's guy characters make me swoon, and Sebastian was no exception. Seriously, I was flushed reading some of the scenes with him in it and I always get a kick out of how jealous I get when a character gets the hot guy and I'm at home realizing that he's not real and I'll never have him in my life. Guess that just means I'll have to re-read the book over and over, right? HA!
Lena not only had the issue with her classmates and best friends, but also home problems with her father, who she hasn't talked to or seen in 4 years. So when he shows up, Lena doesn't want to deal with that drama as well.
I laughed through this book. I cried through this book. It is very emotional and heartbreaking to read about Lena's story, but it makes the reader - or at least me - realize what is important in life and to not waste even a single second of your life. Because you never know what will happen tomorrow - or even today - and you don't want to have regrets of something you didn't do or didn't say.
Another thing I love about JLA is how almost all of her characters love to read. And when they love to read, I mean they LOVE to read and gush about the books they are reading, which is something I do every day. So now that Lena was reading to specific books, I'm going to go hunt down the one I haven't read yet: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. The other series I recognized right away and have already read: Paper Princess by Erin Watt.
When JLA does these little hints in her books, that means she loves them and is recommending them to the world. So I'm listening, JLA. I'm gonna go get Maas' series now and devour them, because if you love them, I know I certainly will :)
This book is very emotional and for some it might be very hard to read, depending on what you've been through in life. But there is a great message in this book that I think everyone will relate to and I am going to try my hardest to listen to and act upon.
I'm so glad that I got a chance to read this early and I can't wait for the physical copy to be released September 5th so I can add it to my ever growing collection of JLA books :)
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