Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Published: February 17, 2012 by S/P
Length: 304 pages
“Bright, spunky Heather Robbins has escaped her small hometown and is anxiously beginning her freshman year of college. Rising above her rocky childhood, she’s found a place where good things are finally starting to happen: her own private apartment, refreshing college classes, and an intense attachment to a mysterious and rugged classmate, Nick Richards.
But when her dreamy college life turns out to be nothing more than a wonderful dream while resting in a coma, questions threaten.
Now, Heather must press forward to unlock the real past, and find the answers buried deep in her mind. What she unlocks instead is a roller coaster ride through flashbacks, embellished memories, and a whirlwind romance.
And when it’s all over and she comes face to face with the truth, will she lose everything she’s fallen in love with?”
Let’s take a moment of silence. Now, bring your hands in front of you and put them together, then apart, together, apart, together, apart. Yes, we are clapping our hands guys. THIS BOOK IS SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPIALIDOCIOUS! And yeah, I did Google that word cause I had no idea how to spell it. I really don’t know where to start. This book had me at the edge of my seat from the first page till the very end. I caught myself laughing, smiling, and even tearing just a little bit. Every single page was full of awesome-sauce and excitement! I am so happy and lucky to be part of the virtual book tour and I’m glad I decided to squeeze Reflection in my schedule as I’m fully booked for November!
Reflection is one of those books that gives you something to think about. Like it says on the summary, the protagonist – Heather – was in a coma which I didn’t even know till I was almost done with the book because I didn’t read the whole summary! Lol. I just had this feeling that I will like this book after reading the first two sentences in the summary. I predicted that it would take me a week to read it, but I ended up finishing it on the 3rd day after I have started. So it’s basically about our 18 year old protagonist thinking, rather dreaming (literally) of her college life then waking up realizing that everything that happened didn’t happen… :O . The readers will definitely ask “were the characters in her dream true or were they just made up by Heather?” It is told from the point of view of Heather, and when the book was ending, it switched to 3rd person point of view, then switched back to 1st person a couple of times, but wasn’t confusing at all. It made sense to why the author did that, and I think that’s kind of hard to pull off so I salute you, Ms. Roberts *puts two fingers on my temple*.
For the characters, wow, they were so real! Either they were jumping off the pages or I feel as I am a part of the story. I was surprised by Heather’s character because we were similar in numerous ways… O_O Haha. She was your awkward, funny, cheery protagonist, but behind her happy face, she hides a past that she has no intentions on sharing with other people. In the book, you’ll find her often telling herself to not become too close or attached with the people she became acquaintance of, but that was hard to accomplish with Nick Richards. Yep he’s the prince charming in this novel, and there’s some sort of love triangle too because of Creed (Heather’s best friend). Anyways, Nick was always reserved in school and kept to himself. Like Heather, he too has a terrible past, but he opens it up with Heather. Because of his past, he became studious, but at the same time he was very masculine and tough. Let’s just say he’s very well built, and very good looking but not perfect. I really love how from start to finish, we were still getting to know more of our characters.
This book is just perfect. It’s everything in one package. I was soaked into the story like water soaked into a sponge. It’s one of those books that I can’t believe I just finished reading because I didn’t keep track of the page. The ending was just a big O M G. So much stuff was going on and left me predicting. I super duper cherry on top recommend this book to EVERYONE. Please don’t miss out on a great book! It truly deserves a 5 star rating. I can’t wait to read Reaction!
And then all of a sudden Nick got up. While my brain was determining where he was going and if I’d gone too far, my eyes studied his physique as it strolled away from me. His t-shirt clung to the evident muscles of his upper back, hanging flawlessly in the hollow down to his waist. I’d never noticed something like that. To my eye’s dismay he hunched behind the counter. I was fascinated and confused by the draw I felt to him and the alien emotions pulling inside my stomach. Emotions I was certain I’d never processed before.
A few seconds later his eyes fastened on me. “Garbage?”
“What? Oh.” I stood, laughing sheepishly. “Yeah. I don’t have one. I mean, I need to get one.” I placed my clumsy hands on my hips and then glanced behind me because I didn’t know where else to look.
Visually I followed him as he wadded the white paper in his hand, snatched his keys off the counter, and strolled toward me. But because my eyes were nervously stiff I didn’t really see him. I twisted Creed’s ring around my finger; then my hand scratched the back of my neck; and then my foot propped behind me on its tiptoe and I almost lost my balance.
Say something! He’s leaving!
“You’re leaving already and I haven’t even finished my sandwich.” I scrunched my nose at what came out. “Not that I want you to stay or anything. I mean, it’s your choice to stay or leave but—”
His nearness cut me off. In the course of my bird-brained comments, he had been advancing toward me, finally stopping uncomfortably close to me. His lips were curved in a wicked grin and I swallowed with a bashfulness I rarely felt.
To my utter shock, a hot finger lifted my chin and our faces came even closer. Too close.
“Would you like that, if I stayed?”
My eyes dropped from his, but they only made it to his chest since he was holding my head in place.
“Actually, I have so much to do today,” I said, trying my best to sound bored. But my voice held a nervous quiver that most likely made him smile more.
Though he dropped his hand from my face, he didn’t back away and his deep voice rumbled through my head again. “Some of us attend class.”
My nose scrunched. Had I missed class this morning? Before I had time to pinpoint what day it was, he was gone.