Saturday, July 19, 2014

The Possibility of Us

The Possibility of Us by Lisa Burnstein 3.5 STARS

The Possibility of UsSynopsisOne weekend together could change everything…
When her friend called to tell her about the funeral, Cassie wanted to say no. She had enough to handle with her own hollow existence. But she knew she should pay her respects to her old camp counselor…as long as her ex, Ben, wouldn’t be there.
Except Ben is there. Still gorgeous, still angry, and still able to penetrate her defenses with one intense stare. All the reasons they left each other in a flurry of heartache start to fall away over one long, snowy weekend.
But tough Cassie can’t truly open up to Ben when she knows confessing her secrets will leave her raw, defenseless. And the possibility of forever might not be enough to gamble on all the impossibilities of now.

*Provided by Netgalley for an honest review. 

Overall: Intense romance 
Characters: Cassie and Ben
Page Turner: At times
Series Cont.? Kind of
Book Boyfriend: Ben
Genre: New Adult Romance
Sex Scenes: Not really...

While I didnt read the original "Dear Cassie" book, I found that it was truly necessary, there was enough background within this story to be able to read it without reading Dear Cassie. This book is a novella extension of Dear Cassie While I was able to read this in one afternoon, and enjoyed the book generally, I didnt find myself loving it. Cassie and Ben are both interesting characters, with their own problems, and past, trying to figure out if a relationship with worth trying again for. A hard decision. I was drawn to this book because I feel a connection to the characters and a plot from my own experiences. Which in the end may add some bias to my take on this book. The main characters all come together due to a funeral of a common friend, pulling old flames and friends together for a weekend. While together, the main characters, told in alternating perspectives, try to figure out the relationship and feelings for one another. What I enjoyed about this book is that it really touches on the issues that most people face in life, if you have been hurt before, how do you move on, how do you trust and how do you accept forgiveness, of yourself and others? While there is a lot of cursing in this book, and chain smoking which were annoying at times,  this book really forces the characters, and readers to think about how love life and loss really affect us, and that moving on is not easy, whether thats in love, or in life. 

Cassie really struggles with this concept and her internal fears eat away at her happiness. Cassie is strong willed, determined and feisty but she has her own problems within all those qualities. She lets fear rule her mind, and holds on to the negativity of the past. Not that I or anyone blames her, but it is what it is. Her burdens weigh her down and trouble her, keeping her from love, but then there are her friends, and Ben. I liked Cassie a lot, even with her foul mouth because she speaks her mind. She doesn't hold back. Even though she gives into fear and lives a lonely life, she has a facade that many people put up in their life. Her character is general was really fun to read. I wish that she would have grown a little bit more, she had quite of depth but it did not feel like she was changing all that much overall. In the end though, I feel that she mad a great decision and began moving forward which is truly the point of the story. 

Ben- Ben was an interesting character to read about. It was nice for a change to see the roles reversed. Ben was more reserved than Cassie, and straight laced. But they both have their problems. Ben and Cassie dealt with their issues differently, and it was interesting to see the different perspectives, each person dealing with their issues and dealing with the same at times.  (their feelings for one another) Ben seems like someone who keeps things close to the vest and works hard to keep his distance from people. (or maybe not that hard ;) ) I enjoyed reading his point of view a lot, because it seemed like he was really trying to work things out and move forward with Cassie. In the end, while Im not sure that really dealt with things enough they made a decision, and I think it worked out really well. 

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