This book made me cry and it was so worth it

Terrible ThingsTerrible Things by Beth Bolden

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I cried. Like an actual tear rolling down my face cried, that doesn’t happen often to me but this book, oh my word this book – so many feels!

It’s difficult to review it without spoiling the journey so I’ll just say it’s nothing like your usual “rock god/musicians” romance, it’s sort of just out of young adult/new adult feel in tone with characters in their mid 20s but sometimes sounding a bit younger due to the emotional hit they all took five years earlier – and don’t get me wrong, it completely works and feels utterly relatable.

Leo and Caleb, what a pair. There are a couple of what are essentially flashbacks to the first time they met and then the final couple of days five years earlier before everything imploded, and they work to bring some serious depth to the narrative.

This book was utterly absorbing to me, I was drawn deeply into it and was invested 100% in the lives of this former boy band and the journey each had to take to be able to move on into a new future.

There’s great exploration of the pressures of a life in the public gaze, the lengths those behind the scenes are willing to go to when they have a cash generator on tap as it were, and my heart broke for Leo and Caleb many times when reading.

This is a serious slow burn, but please don’t be put off by that because, believe me, the eventual payout is more than worth it.

Now, Benji and Diago next please Beth yes? (And Max and Felix right after!)

#ARC kindly provided by the author in return for an honest and unbiased review

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