This story was heavier than the first one as it dealt A LOT with grief and regret. While it was well informed and sensitive, it was hard to find the love story between Demetri and Alyssa when Alyssa's previous boyfriend Brady was such a great guy. Every time Alyssa went back in time to a memory with Brady, I fell more in love with him and swooned. No, he was not perfect but neither is Demetri and sweet Alyssa deserves true love. I could definitely see why it was so hard for her to move on. Honestly, it was very depressing.
The story starts off with the rock star, Demetri, getting a lowly job at the taffy shop which required masses amount of REALLY SUSPENDING BELIEF! Demetri, crushed by a broken heart, drug addiction and reckless driving, is trying to turn his life around with the help of his therapist and closest friends. He wants the consuming love his brother has with Natalee, but feels he has used up his one chance at true love when his girlfriend died in a car accident. Natalee talks him into a common job working at the taffy shop because he has no inspiration to write songs. While there, he meets the competition in the form of Alyssa, the beautiful, sarcastic girl who was not charmed by who he is and becomes his muse.
Thus begins their love story: "What if you take the one part of me that's finally started to breathe without crying?" - Alyssa
"No. I won't leave you alone. I won't abandon you. I'm sure as hell not going to listen to you, and you can damn well know that I'm going to fight for you". - Demetri
Both Alyssa and Demetri have suffered loss and, I am not going to lie, the grief sessions at Demetri's house made me tear up. There were these flash backs of Alyssa and her boyfriend Brady that were so sweet, that the loss hurt that much more. It was hard to read. The whole book was emotionally draining and, while many will find this romantic, it is not my type of story.
Was it as good as Tear? Well, not really; it was definitely emotional, but not as romantic or filled with good drama, just sadness. At least it didn't have a stupid love triangle, I really hate those. You could really tell a female was writing Demetri's thoughts and it was a little lame sometimes because, as he confesses himself, he was really acting like a girl.
Some confusion on story integrity: Demetri claims to be both nineteen and eighteen in the book which is it? Also, how hard all these kids fell in love at such a young age (15) - it is so Romeo and Juliet. And Alec and Nat's relationship sure got boring - where'd their spice go? It's too early for the honeymoon to be over! And his reveal to Demetri that he might have got another girl in trouble was just wrong on so many levels. Apparently book 3, Shatter, will be written from Alec's POV and will strain his relationship with Nat as AD2 becomes REALITY TV.
Rachel Van Dyken is an entertaining writer who always keeps me turning the pages, and even though this one was too heavy for me, I will definitely be purchasing book 3! Her stories are definitely YA, not New Adult, but for .99, it is a STEAL.
No Swearing or sex; but there was intense kissing, drug and alcohol use and sleepovers
Would I/Did I buy it? Yes (.99)
Would I read it again? Probably
Would I recommend it to friends? Yes