Henry Jamison moved away six years earlier, just as he and Kate had begun to develop feelings for one another. He returns to find the bright, funny, outgoing girl he had known now timidly hiding in corners, barely speaking to anyone around her, suspicious of even him.
Kate can’t figure out what game Henry is playing with her - for surely it is a game. What else would the gorgeous, popular boy from her past want with her?
Kate finally decides to trust Henry’s intentions, opening her heart to him. Just when it seems he might be genuine in his friendship, tragedy strikes, threatening everything Kate has worked so hard to gain. Can Henry help her to overcome this new devastation, or will it tear them apart forever?”
Despite the foundation of the book being based around child abuse and neglect, this novel is actually a beautiful romance. The incredibly sweet moments between Henry and Kate are beautiful; they shine a light on the story making it a sad yet endearing read at the same time. Kate constantly walks around eggshells at home; just her being there could earn her a beating, it’s ridiculous how someone has to act invisible in their own home for fear of getting beaten and yet it’s also a sad reality. Obviously being cautious and wary has become second nature to Kate, so when Henry returns and seems to want to be friends she doesn’t understand what sick game he’s playing, she’s just waiting for the sneak attack to come no matter what Henry does. It’s tragic how she thinks so little of herself and believes there’s no point in fighting back because it will just make matters worse rather than better.
Now Henry *sigh*, where should I begin. It is incredibly sweet how even after all these years he hasn’t changed into some player but rather has only improved over time making him simply irresistible. When Henry not only recognizes Kate but witnesses how she is treated in school, he steps up for her and makes her feel like a person, someone who matters instead of a thing taking up time and space. You have to admire his determination, because when Henry wants something he bloody well gets it, and Henry wants Kate. He never gives up on her, even when she tells him to go away; I mean you have to admire a guy like that especially when he can see something isn’t right with Kate. Rather than pushing for information, he gives her time demonstrating how incredibly patient he can be, and that he is in this for the long haul. You really feel for Henry near the end, although it’s admirable for Kate to walk away for him, because god knows Henry cannot walk away from her, it just makes you want to give him a big cuddle and shake some sense into Kate because clearly she doesn’t understand the depth of his love.
“This is stupid, Kate. I love you. I want to be with you. Today, tomorrow, always. And I know you love me. Tell me I’m wrong about you, about why you left me. Tell me you don’t love me.”