Secret of Ella and Micha by Jessica Sorenson 4 STARS
Ella and Micha have been best friends since they were kids. But one tragic night shatters their friendship and their lives forever.
Ella used to be a rule-breaker with fiery attitude who wore her heart on her sleeve. But she left everything behind when she went to college and transformed into someone that follows the rules, keeps everything together, and hides all her problems. But now it's summer break and she has nowhere else to go but home.
Ella fears everything she worked so hard to bury might resurface, especially with Micha living right next door. If Micha tries to tempt the old her back, she knows that it will be hard to resist.
Micha is sexy, smart, confident, and can get under Ella’s skin like no one else can. He knows everything about her, including her darkest secrets. And he’s determined to bring his best friend, and the girl he loves back, no matter what it takes.
Wow. What a whirlwind! I loved this book. Jessica Sorenson is an amazing writer! I truly felt like I was a fly on the wall experiencing these characters emotions and journey. I absolutely loved Ella and Micha and it was easy to relate to both of them in so many ways.
This is a story about two people who have been best friends since they can remember and touch each others lives in ways they never could have imagined. Ella and Micha is told in alternating POV's and is beautifully interwoven, not only does the story flow, but each character develops in their own personal way. I love the chemistry between Ella and Micha which is apparent from the beginning. Both Ella and Micha are damaged in their own way, trying to heal, but they also care deeply for each other and are afraid of what their past and these emotions would do to their friendship. Micha is willing to take the leap. Ella is timid, and scared.
The author did a really great job of making an amazing connection to these characters throughout the book, not only in the dual POV but also by maintaing a level of mystery and intrigue. Pulling back the pieces of this story, layer by layer, like an onion, without making me beg for it to be over was truly amazing. I loved that I was able to become completely absorbed into these characters, this story their feelings, thoughts behaviors, I was hooked from beginning to end.
I am in love with Micha. His love for Ella is overwhelming and breathtakingly beautiful. The unconditional love he has for her is brilliant. It feels raw and sincere without coming off as awkward, or unrealistic.
Ella, is so easy to relate to. Its easy to see pain, and want to pretend to be someone else, to start all over. But those who loved us before always see through that facade, which is exactly why Ella stayed away for so long. But, as usual, Micha manages to pull Ella out of her act and show her true colors.
I agree with many of the other reviewers out there, that there are other books like this out there. I can name five off the top of my head, angsty, broken people, fighting for the love of their love. But heres the thing, I DONT CARE. I love all these books because they pull at my heart strings, they remind me of the true love that can overcome the pain in life. And Im reminded that sometimes things really do work out. Ella and Micha are definitely another reminder that sometimes, we have to fight the evil in our lives to get to the beauty.