Friday, November 11, 2016

The Color of Us by Laura Ward & Christine Manzari

- Goodreads Synopsis -
Eighteen year old Alexis Sinclair is lost in the darkness of grief. Since the death of her sister in a car accident, she can’t find the will to get out and enjoy life again. When she’s forced to face her biggest fear and take a summer Driver’s Ed course, she’s surprised to find hope in the most unlikely person. 

Liam O’Connell is trouble. He isn’t proud of his dark past, and he knows Alexis is the one girl he has no business pursuing. Doing the right thing has never been easy for him, but this time, it just might be impossible. 

The perfect girl and troubled boy are all wrong for each other, but as Liam helps Alexis cope with her grief, they realize nothing has ever felt more right.

That is, until Alexis uncovers a secret about Liam that breaks her heart. 

Liam knows he can’t allow the one good thing in his life to walk away without a fight, and he’s determined to convince Alexis they can find their way out of the darkness together. Can he prove he’s worthy of her, or is some love too tainted to be saved?

"Who knew the boy in black would be so vibrant."

After reading The Color of Us by Laura Ward & Christine Manzari, I found myself wondering why I have never read the first book in the College Bound Series. This book was incredible! How have I been living without this series in my life? 

The Color of Us is about a young girl named Alexis. Something traumatic happens in her life and leaves her afraid to get behind the wheel of a car. I guess you can automatically assume that it has something to do with an accident. Alexis is fine with never driving, but her parents force her to learn how. She meets a boy in traffic school. Alexis doesn't particularly like this boy, but something about him really intrigues her. Alexis and Liam's life will never be the same after traffic school. These two become extremely fond of one another.. until Alexis learns about Liam's family. Could Alexis date a man who hid this from her? How can Liam keep something so big from her? This is enough to end Alexis and Liam but will it? Liam is determined to prove his worth to Alexis.. can he? 

"I was meant for sin. Until I met you. Until you saved me. And with every touch and every kiss, you healed my soul."

I did not really know what I was expecting when I picked up this book! The only thing I knew was that it was a very colorful book and that one of the author posts AMAZING bookstagram photos (Christine Manzari)! As I began to read, I became more and more caught up in the characters and the story. I read this book in one sitting because there was no way I was going to be able to put this book down after I started it. Yes, this book is a very sweet, intense love story, but it is also so much more than that. This book is full of happiness, yes, but also sadness and betrayal. This book will make you feel every emotion possible. But that is how you know a book is good.. That is how you know a book can really grab a reader. 

We not only learn a lot about Alexis, but we also get a good glimpse into Liam's life. Liam does not have the best reputation in town. People don't know about the problems Liam has at home or about what he is dealing with inside. As the reader, we are shown Alexis's traumatic experience right off the bat, but not Liam's. When Ward & Manzari finally threw Liam's story at me and all the information about his brother, my heart broke. It was such a huge surprise and totally changed the whole story. I love the detail and thought she put into her characters.When they were sad, I was crying, and when they were happy, I was super excited for them! 

"He wasn't trouble, he was pure temptation. What scared me was how much I liked it."

I am completely obsessed with the two author's writing and I need more of it. No, I am not exaggerating! This book won me over and I am now a huge fan! I am definitely going to read out more books by the two of them. I know I have said this already, but every part of this book was just so well thought out. Just thinking about the characters and all the little sweet things Liam did for Alexis and her family makes me so happy. This is a book I will definitely reread and it is super hard for me to write this review because I can't really say much more without spoiling it! All I can say is that Alexis has some great friends and that Liam is TOTALLY book boyfriend material! 

I honestly just love this book and the more I think about it the more I remember little things that I forgot about. This book has it all! Friends, family, love, hope, drama, breakups, death, and so much more! This is not your average romance book and it is definitely a MUST READ! What are you waiting for? 

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