Rivers Young is the popular guy untouchable by reality. He is like a star—bright, consuming, otherworldly. The thing about stars, though, is that they eventually fall, and he is no different.
He falls far and he falls hard.
Delilah Bana is the outcast enshrouded in all of life's ironies. Alone, in the dark, like dusk as it falls on the world. When Rivers hits the ground, she is the night that catches him. In the darkness, they meld into something beautiful that shines like the sun.
Only, the greater the star is, the shorter its lifespan.
"You could always come work at the flower shop with me. I'm sure your flower arrangements would be extraordinary."
"You're really not as funny as you think you are, you know that?"
"I'm funnier," I say, poking his stomach. A tiny light blinks above his shoulder and I grab his arms and whirl him around. "Look! It's a lightning bug." I bounce on the balls of my feet.
He looks over his shoulder at me. "You act like you've never seen one before."
"I love lightning bugs," I breathe. "I used to spend hours every summer catching and releasing them."
"Like a true fisherman of bugs."
I squint my eyes at him. "Come on—let's catch some." Without waiting for his answer, I skip forward, turning in a circle as I catch blips of glowing orbs in that magical time between partial dark and full. I spy one in the grass by my feet and reach a hand down, holding still as the bug lands on my fingers. "Go on, little buggy, go home before the storm comes." It flies away, lighting up as it goes, and I smile as I straighten.
His breath tickles the side of my neck as he says, "You are the sweetest version of quirky I have ever had the pleasure of seeing in motion."
I laugh softly. "Thank you. Glad you got to see me in action."
He wraps his arms around my midsection and rests his chin on my shoulder. "Don't ever change."
"I do what I want," I say, just to say it.
Rivers' hold tightens. "That's the exact thing I don't want to ever change about you."
Review by J. Hooligan
This is her best book, so far. I say it that way because every time I read one of Lindy's books, I love it even more than the last. Which is saying a lot, because I love all of her books. Also, Complete has platypires in it, so I'm betraying my world domination efforts by admitting this book is my favorite... so far.
I cried. I hate crying in books, because people ask you what's wrong... and you're just sitting there, wallowing in despair about a fictional character. But this book has feels in it.
I laughed. A lot. Out loud. Delilah is hilarious, quite possibly my favorite lead female from all of Lindy's books - so far. Also, Rivers... he is great and I totally call dibs.
Loved this book. Do yourself a favor and get it. You won't regret it.