Name: Dear Jon (Choisie #3)
Author: Lori L. Otto
Good books? Yeah, those are not that difficult to find. I’ve read good books, awesome books and then some. But there are some books that are just so goddamn special to me. They’re heart warming books; books that make you think about anything and make you feel everything. And all of Lori’s books are just that. I don’t really know how she does it, the whole creative and writing process, how she manages to create characters that are so unbelievably wonderful. They all are something special, unique and in this book… well, you get that again.
Dear Jon is the story after the mess and the chaos we were left with after Olivia (book 2). For this summer, Jon Scott gets to be the teenage boy who’s just trying to survive his heartache and a time with his family and new people (maybe a new girl?) is just what he needs. Some time apart. Some time to think, to reevaluate everything he’s lived for the last couple of years. It ‘s just that… no matter what, he’s always coming back to that one thing or that one person he doesn’t want to go back to. Olivia Holland.
What would you do when the person you love betrays you? You try to forget. You try to move on. You try to forgive.
From the first book, Jon is presented as the adult, as the kid who had to grow up way too fast. He’s always been so mature, honest and sure of himself but now we actually see the boy, the heartbroken boy, the boy who’s feeling lost and betrayed and wants to just leave everything behind. But he can’t, he knows he can’t. His heart won’t let him and I don’t think even his mind wants to actually do it. He loves Olivia too much.
Being inside Jon’s head has been some kind of a revelation to me, because I got to understand the way he thinks, the way he feels and I specially understood that he’s put up this act in front of everyone around him, Jack, Emi and even Livvy, where he had to be a grown up, he never had the chance to be the boy he really was, so he’d always had to face every situation, problem, etc., in such a way that not every teenage boy would. Sometimes we all need to release our frustration in some way or another and I don’t think Jon ever really could, not until this book. This is his chance to think about what he wants, what he needs, and not only that, but this time apart might help him find himself again. I think he’s been kind of lost for a while, not only since everything went to hell after Livvy’s graduation. They both need to find themselves before they can be together again. But they will be, they have to.
Dear Jon is a story about what it means to grow up, to find out who you are and what you want. It’s also about loss and what it means to feel lost in the world, to feel like you’ve lost a huge part of yourself. It’s about patience and what it means to wait for the right moment to do what you need to do, to take a moment to think about everything that’s going on and learn to move on. It’s about forgiveness and everything that comes to it. With forgiveness comes peace, peace of mind and heart. Both, Jon & Livvy, go through a grieving process which teaches them how to deal with each others mistakes.
You know what I absolutely loved? How, even though Livvy wasn’t physically there, she was in her letters. I felt her struggle and I saw her growing up. That’s the beautiful thing about Livvy, she’s always learning, growing up. Yes, she’s made a lot of mistakes, but she’s just living. Can you say you haven’t done some stupid things in your life? I bet you can’t. I certainly can’t. But that’s the thing about life, you have to live it and experience it and make mistakes and learn from them. There’s no other way.
I know this is a long post, but I have a lot in my heart right now. I need to say something else. Will. Will. He now owns a bit of my heart. He is the smartest kid. He still has a lot of growing up to do but he is in such a good path. He’s just like his brother. Loyal, honest and caring. He’ll speak the truth, no matter what. I loved him so, so much.
“What is the unknown, but things we don’t yet know? Right?”
I truly believe he’s part of what helped Jon realize what he wants. He is unbelievable. I love him.
I think this is my favorite book of the series so far. I can’t say I don’t love Jon anymore. I used to like him but now I love him deeply.
There’s nothing like reading a book by your favorite author.
Dear Jon’s playlist: