My name is Maya, and I'm not the same girl I was a month ago.
There is an emptiness I carry around in my chest now. A broken heart caused by grief.
There are also dark nights where I have trouble breathing as I feel the heavy weight of loss rushing through my veins, painful moments where I can remember my entire being scream in agony as I held onto my father's cold, lifeless hand.
Then there is always a hero to every story, isn't there? A hero who I despised from the moment he opened his mouth.
His name is Alexander. He is my inevitable I never expected to find. The one my broken heart leads me to. His existence, his touch, everything he did to make my pain bearable will leave a mark on me forever.
Yet, I know that when I'm gone, he'll only remember me as a fading memory
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This is not only an epic love story between Maya and Alexander but, this is also about Maya losing a part of herself. When the book opens up, Maya is in New York, preparing to meet her uncle. She was worn completely out, had to change hotel rooms twice, and she was without the only person she cared about. She was losing herself in grief.
Maya had lost her only person. The one person she had, that was hers. She was an only child, her mother died during childbirth and her father never remarried. He was all that she had. The scene that Ella wrote between Maya and her father, took me right back to when I lost my grandmother 5 years ago, she was my person. That emptiness in the pit of my stomach and the tears, she brought it all back. I couldn't sleep last night and I wasn't sure I would be able to finish the book. Thankfully, Ella transitioned well and got back with the love story and I was able to get myself back together. When I think back on that now, that is a sign of a truly good book. She provoke the feeling, and the she transitioned to the next topic.
The love story was an unique one, it was lovely. I loved how Maya held herself back just a little, to not let herself get hurt. She didn't give herself fully, even when she needed him desperately to take away all the pain. This was just so beautiful.
This book was different and I would love feed back on what others think. This would be a great book for book clubs, I can see so many discussion questions. I so hope Ms. Maise will join Waking Up Indie, so we can do the author discussion with her. This book needs to be read and shared.