Thursday, July 18, 2013

More Than This by Jay McLean

** 4 out of 5 Stars **

**WARNING:  SPOILERS AHEAD**

*Mikayla*
In one night my fairytale ended. Or it may have begun. This is my story of friendship and love, heartbreak and desire, and the strength to show weakness.

*Jake*
One night I met a girl. A sad and broken girl, but one more beautiful than any other. She laughed through her sadness, while I loved through her heartbreak.

*This is our story of a maybe ever after.*

"He was right. It made no difference whether it was 6 months or 6 years. 
couldn't undo what had been done. I couldn't change the future. I couldn't even predict it. 
It was one night.
One night when everything changed.
It was so much more than just the betrayal.
It was the tragedy. The deaths. The Murders.
But it was also that feeling.
That feeling of falling."

I'm not a huge fan of YA but this book is almost NA.  I was a really good book.  It deals with love, heartache, bone-crushing pain, devastation, rebuilding, friendship, and strength.  This book took a different direction than I normally go but it was great all the same.  I loved the writing style, done in both POV's.  Their were a few editing errors and the word "Legit" was used way too much.  I loved the heroine even though she did get on my nerves at time.  She was strong considering everything she went through.  The hero...book boyfriend material!  Life boyfriend material...the PERFECT man!

Mikayla (Kayla) (Mickey)...this poor girl's entire life changes in one night.  What should be the best night of her life turns into the absolute worst night.  She's a beautiful girl but it's understated.  She has olive skin, almond shaped eyes, is about 5'6, and is popular by association at school.  She is book smart and has been dating the captain of the basketball team for 4 years.

Jake is amazing!  He's very nice looking in a rugged sort of way.  Doesn't look at all like a normal high school senior but much older.  He has a swoon worthy Australian accent, brown hair that's a little long, deep blue eyes, and a panty dropping smile.  He is on his way to the college to play baseball and will eventually go pro.  He's also just a good guy...plain and simple.  



I feel sorry for all the girls in the world that never get to experience a Jake Andrews at least once in their lifetime.

Prom night should be one of the best night of a girl's life, but for Mikayla it turns into the worst.  She catches her boyfriend, James, of 4 years and her best friend cheating in a restaurant bathroom.  She confronts them both and then ends up on the hallway floor crying.  Jake, having witnesses the whole scene ends up beside her.  He asks her to go with him to his prom so her night won't be ruined and she agrees.  She's instantly accepted by his friends and not long after they get into the limo, "Operation Mayhem" is put into place.  This is a plan they come up with for James truck.

A bottle of food dye, hundreds of post-its, a death metal c.d, a bag of sugar, 5 garbage bags full of popcorn and one roll of serene warp later, and we’re standing, admiring our masterpiece, laughing to ourselves.

She meets these people and they automatically take her in and get revenge on her lying, cheating, douchebag of an ex.These are the kind of friends everyone should have in their corner in my opinion.  There is also an instant connection with Jake, they feel comfortable with each other within minutes.  Though this does make her feel a little better, her horrible night is far from over.  Jake takes her home only to find out that her entire family has been murdered.  She's alone in the world.  Jake being the nice guy he is never leaves her side, even punches James in the face when he won't leave the scene.  He holds her while she falls apart and takes her home when she has nowhere to go.  She's devastated and he becomes her rock.

“Jake, he makes things hurt a little less. He… he’s home for me right now. If being around him takes the pain away just a tiny bit, then it doesn't matter how or why he’s here with me. I just…you can’t understand…”

She deals with the coming days, funeral arrangements, never ending phone calls, with Jake by her side holding her hand and crying in his arms.  He never leaves her, and he doesn't want to at all.  She spends most nights in his arms and he's terrified she's gonna leave and never look back because she will associate him with that horrible night.  She can't be away from him though.  He's really into her, falling hard.  At this point in time he's her air, she depends on him to just breathe.  She decides to move on after the funeral and Jake is devastated but his dad isn't hearing it.  He tells Kayla that she will stay with them until she leaves for college and she will work in his law office to save money.  She agrees not that she really had an option.  His father has a room built in the attic above the garage for her to live in.  Jake calls her Kayla because that is what her family called her.  Everyone else calls her Mickey.  


They take a trip out to the wedding of her mom's best friend and when they get back the sexual tension is off the charts but other than a few little touches here and their, maybe a little more nothing is happening.  They haven't even kissed yet.  She gets a ride home with Jake's best friend Logan and we get to see exactly how Jake feels about her.  He's angry and ready to fight.  He scares her and his little sister.  They belong to each other and they both know it but they won't say words like "girlfriend" or "boyfriend", it's just "my Kayla" or "My Jake".  Later that night, his fight with Logan causes a huge fight with them.  She admits that he's it for her.  Talking leads to a steamy scene.  After that night things are going well for them.  They are busy getting closer and falling head over heels for each other.  Jake knows she is the love of his life but she's unwilling to admit it to herself yet.  

James, Kayla's ex, proposes to her at a bonfire and she leaves with him.  It takes everything Jake's friends have to hold him back.  It destroys him when she leaves.  She doesn't say yes but their relationship takes a nosedive after that night.  Things are awkward with them, they aren't sleep in the same bed together anymore and they are barely talking.  

The book is dragging a bit at this point and it continues to from her until the end.  With that being said I'm gonna hit on some high points and skip the rest.

Photobucket Pictures, Images and PhotosThey move off to college, living in a house off campus together that Jake bought.  There is no communication between them.  He hates college.  He wants to go pro but knows Kayla won't go with him.  He can't be without her so he'll take what he can get.  He just want's to be near her.  He wants more and he is getting tired of waiting and she's planning on moving out of the house.  She thinks she needs to find herself without him before she can ever be his.  This is the stupidest thing I have ever heard.  He doesn't want her to go but he can't stop her.

On her sister's birthday they visit her grave and take her letters.  This was a great scene.  I loved Jake's letter to her sister.

Don’t worry about her at all. I promise to take care of her always. She’s my everything. And I love her so so much. 
Love, your future Brother In Law

When they get home later that night she thinks he's gonna tell her that he can't wait on her anymore and that he wants her out.  She has a small breakdown.  He unloads on her telling her that she was the one who wanted to move out, he never wanted that.  He tells her he's crazy about her and begs her to stay, to never leave him.  They get into a fight a few weeks later and they say some things that are horrible.  This is it for them, he walks out and she is convinced he's done.

She's miserable and Logan finally talks some sense into her and she goes home after realizing that she can't be without him.  When she gets home he has packed her stuff and she sits on the bed crying while he takes the boxes out of her room.  She can't look at him, even when he pulls her to her feet and carries her out of the room.  When she finally has the courage to open her eyes, she's laying on his bed under her comforter with boxes all around them.  He moved all of her stuff into his room, not out of the house.  He finally kisses her for the first time and it leads to their first time doing something else.  She tells him she loves him.  Boyfriend/Girlfriend status officially begins.  Their future officially begins.


The only other things that happen...

They catch the guy who killed her parents

Megan (her best friend who slept with her boyfriend) sent the guy to her house to steal something and things got out of hand.

Kayla never moves out and she and Jake are living their happily ever after

And the big one I didn't see coming...Logan's POV and the fact that he loves Kayla.

I really enjoyed this book up until about 75%.  After that point it just began to drag and I felt like it could have been wrapped up sooner.  I'm giving it 4 stars because of that.  This is a great book if you're into YA and even if you're not really.  Read it, you won't be disappointed.

My Jake/Kayla

 

Favorite Quotes:

“Hey, Jake?”
“Yeah, Kayla?”
“I more than a lot like you.”
“I more than a lot like you too, so much more than a lot.”

I just want her. I just want my Kayla.

“God Jake, I so much more than a lot like you.”
“Mikayla, I passed that stage a long, long time ago.”