Him by Carey Heywood
on July 2, 2013
Genres: Adult Fiction, Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romance
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Sarah Miller hasn’t been home in seven years. She thought she could stay away forever. If it wasn’t for her big brother's wedding, that is. Part of her even feels silly for staying away this long. It's not like anyone even knew what happened. Well, except for him.
That guy. The one she compared all others to. The one who set the bar so high no other guy after him could even compete. The one who made her feel like anything was possible. The one she thought she would never be good enough for. The one she spent the last seven years trying to forget.
All she needs to do is make it through the next week without running into him.
Our heroine, Sarah has loved Will Price since the first day she met him in middle school. Will is everything you could imagine and more. Uber popular, outgoing, gorgeous and taken. Sarah has been friends with Will and only friends. Not that she doesn’t want more because obviously she does. I absolutely loved the glimpses of them in high school. I loved the way they interacted. It was innocent and carefree and fun. Will apparently has feelings for Sarah but never said anything until their Senior year when he finally makes it known to her. Everything is perfect for them and they’re making plans for the future until something happens.
This “something” drives Sarah away and the story actually opens seven years later as she’s packing to fly home for her brothers wedding. She’s torn between wanting to see her family and being there for brothers wedding and NOT wanting to run into “him“.
“Part of me wishes I was interested in him. He seems like a nice guy, and he’s hot. Life sucks that way. You don’t get to choose who you fall for.”
There were things I liked and didn’t like about this story. I always enjoy stories about young love. I married my best friend from high school. It took us 9 years to get our acts together and get married. We spent several years apart and many people tell us our story rivals some of these romance novels. So I’m all for falling for your best friend. I really enjoyed the characters including her brother and his fiancee. I found Will to so sweet and tender. I actually thought he was much older than Sarah. He seemed to have his head on straight and knew what he wanted and where he was going. Sarah on the other hand I struggled with. She seemed extremely naive, innocent and for coming from such a loving family she had terrible self-esteem. She didn’t think she was worthy of Will. The bitches in school made her feel small and ALL of this carried over in adulthood.
At 25 she owned her own business. That doesn’t sound like a girl who has low self-esteem. She was definitely a contradiction and it was confusing to me. She doesn’t date seriously because of course there’s no replacement for Will. I’m actually okay with that. I could sympathize with no one being able to compare. What I couldn’t understand was why she stayed away from her parents and her brother for 7 years. The parents visited her and she spoke to her brother on the phone but they NEVER discussed Will.
So now she’s back home for the first time in 7 years. She finds out that Will has never left. He’s fully involved with her family and she finds herself jealous. Why they didn’t tell her I have no idea. But she’s jealous of his relationship with them. I think my biggest problem with the story was that everyone allowed Sarah to be a brat and she used that to her fullest extent. She didn’t talk to anyone. She didn’t explain herself or her actions. When it was brought up she would stomp her feet and cross her arms and run away. I half expected her to put her hands over her ears and yell,
LA LA LA LA LA
over and over again.
But there was some light in this book and her name was Sawyer. She was the one and only friend Sarah had and she was loud and commanding and made her presence known. She tried to be the voice of reason. She really cares for Sarah and she does it hardcore. She was fascinating and mysterious. We don’t know much about her but the author gives you enough to make you want more from her. I see a future book in the making and it has her name written all over it.
Then there is another side character that I’m hoping we get more from, Jared. I’m not sure what to make of him but I saw lots of potential. I’m definitely hoping he gets his story told because I would love to know more about him.
All in all I thought this was a good start. There is definitely potential for growth and I’m very much looking forward to reading Her. I’m a sucker for the male POV. I crave getting inside the guy’s head and hearing his side of things. Will’s heart was broken when Sarah ran and I can’t wait get a glimpse of his thoughts on the subject.
While there isn’t a cliffhanger per se, it definitely ends with and option for more.