Come to Me Quietly, by A.L. Jackson | Book Review #146

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Aleena Moore is content with her life. She has goals and dreams and an easy smile. She also has a secret she holds locked inside.

Jared Holt believes he doesn’t deserve to love or be loved. He destroys everything he touches. Haunted by the mistake that shattered his life, he’s fled from the memory of that pain.

Jared doesn’t know why he’s compelled to return, but finds himself drawn back to the place where it all began. The exact place where it ended. When he runs into his childhood best friend, Aleena’s older brother Christopher, he agrees to share Christopher and Aleena’s apartment while he looks for a place of his own.

Aleena is no longer the little girl Jared remembers from his past and evokes feelings in him he never wanted to feel again. Terrified of destroying her, he fights to keep her away. But her touch is something he can’t resist—the touch that sealed his fate.

Their pasts are intertwined and their futures uncertain. The only truths they know are the secrets they whisper in the night.

TRIGGER WARNINGS: Alcohol, Anger, Blood, Car Accidents, Car Accidents resulting in Death, Depression, Fighting, Car Fire, Guns, Suicide Attempts

As New Adult books go, Come to Me Quietly was pretty good. It’s not my favourite, but not the worst I’ve read either. So while I didn’t fall inlove with the story, the characters, I didn’t hate it either. That’s not saying that Come to Me Quietly doesn’t have it’s problems. Because it does have a lot of problems. Most of which come to light either pretty quickly, or later in the book.

A lot seems to happen in the story, without anything actually happening. The whole book seems to just remain stagnant, with the exception that the characters are interesting enough. And the only character development is at the very end of the book. Which is incredibly infuriating after the fact.

I like that the writing of the story goes back and forth between Jared and Aly’s points of view, with almost seemingly random flashbacks to each other their pasts. I also like the fact that the flashbacks are important to the story, and not just some randomly random placed scenes. Even though the book is dual point of view, I found that the book is all about Jared. No matter the point of view the reader reads from.

Another thing that’s a kind of saving grave for this book. Jared admits his faults. Multiple times, it’s like his chant. “No one can fix me, no one can save me.” …Yet Aly tries to fix him anyway; which in my opinion is just complete bullshit, but whatever, it’s not like I can stop Aly from doing her thing. But they love each other. I guess that’s all that really matters. …I am angry at this book.

Onto Jared… You could tell right away that Jared is a character with major problems. Like, major. Jared who is scared, and doesn’t know how to work through his feelings. He runs from his problems, even makes bigger ones to not deal with the ones he already has. Jared is so utterly broken, learns to deal with his shit after having serious accidents. Jared, who is so much of an idiot, it took him away more than half of the story to realize that he  loved the love of his life. It really bothers me that Jared literally runs away when things scare him. I mean, his fight of flight responce is good, but like, seriously? Something got tough for him, and he ran. He can’t handle something, so Jared would go off and get drunk.

How I found Aly to be.. Aly is a sweet forgiving girl, who just wants to be able to love the love of her life. And all of Aly’s chapters seemed to be about Jared. There were chapters where Aly would be doing something completely unrelated to Jared, and yet, it’s like her subconscious is all about Jared. Apart from that little tidbit, Aly is a great character. She’s also realistic as well. Aly is completely vulnerable, and completely distant in one sitting. She can be completely vulnerable to those she loves. But to those who are not close to her, who she doesn’t like, she has them at a distant. Arms length.

I found that there are a ton of problems with Come to Me Quietly. And not all of them are redeemable, but they can’t be redeemable, because Come to Me Quietly is a realistic New Adult book. Sometimes people have problems. Sometimes people have made choices they can’t take back. Sometimes those choices define people in life. Most of the time, these people are left with such guilt, such a burden on themselves, that they see themselves being such a problem, that they believe they don’t get to have anything good in their life.

That’s all I have to say about Come to Me Quietly for now. Thank you so much for checking out my review!

Happy Reading!
Adele

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