everything I despise.
every part of me.
Broken Dreams has all the feels. An ansty, second chance romance between childhood friends torn apart by when one makes a choice.
Told in first person and alternating between past and present, we get a look at what happened between Leslie and Ethan in the past told in little chapter length snippets. This is not my favorite method of story-telling. I would have much preferred an prologue and then just tell the story with maybe some brief flashbacks or better yet have Leslie tell it in the narrative.
I did like the characters. Leslie is strong despite what happened and being constantly brought down by her mother. She had to give up her dream by force, but I can’t feel a little like she ran away, which in turn influenced Ethan’s decision. Since we don’t get Ethan’s side of the story from his POV, I didn’t feel like connected to him as much as I would have liked, but he was an intriguing character. His home life sucked and I get why he made the decision he did. It stuck with him, haunting him.
When Ethan and Leslie reunite things are tense. Angsty doesn’t really even begin to describe their situation. I was reaching for the tissues a time or two.
Great writing, deep characters and an interesting back story make this a definite TBR addition.