Author: Lori L. Otto
I feel lucky. I truly do.
I got the chance to read an early copy of Crossroads and I was beyond excited to do so. This novella was everything I thought it would be and more. I mean, with Lori you ALWAYS get more than you hope for. She’s good like that!
I have to say I adoreeeed this book, even if it was way too short, I loved every single page. I fell in love with Will when I got to know him in Dear Jon. He was a kid, yes, but he was like no other. Well, maybe a bit like Jon, and you know how much I love Jon. Ok, back to Will. While I was reading Dear Jon, I kept thinking, this kid knows, and what he doesn’t know, he does everything to figure it out. He’s a science boy. Everything has to have an explanation. He was a little boy then, but he’s a sixteen year old boy now. I’ve always wanted a book for Will. He may be one of my favorite characters so I was well beyond excited when Lori announced this novella.
So, Crossroads tells the story of Will, who’s now a teenager, a teenager whose heart has been wronged way too many times to count, and now those things are shaping him to be skeptical towards the world. When he left Utah to go back to NY with his mom and brothers, he was leaving behind a big part of his life, and his heart. He’d met Laila, a sweet and good girl, with whom he had been going out for a year. He loved her. She loved him. They needed to say goodbye to her the proper way, so he went back to Utah for a weekend. Everything he’d hope to happened did, and then, everything went down the hole.
There are some things I love about a character and a story, and Lori seems to know them all by heart. I loved that I had a glimpse of a different side of Will, a vulnerable side. It was short, but I saw it, and confirmed what I’ve always known. His feelings run deep. Too deep for a sixteen year old boy. But again, too many people have let them down. And I wish I could fix that for him. He’s such a good guy, and he has the potential of being big, of getting far. And I know he will. I just can’t wait for him to share all that with someone who appreciates him. He reminds me now of Nate. (Yes, I always come back to Nate).
The story was perfect, even though it was short. It left me wanting, needing, hoping for more, and I just can’t wait. Lori exceeds at writing. She describes situations and feelings in a way that gets you thinking and feeling and living everything. If that’s not an AMAZING author, I don’t know what is. I read somewhere today that she doesn’t write words, she writes emotions, and I couldn’t agree more.
Make sure to add Crossroads to your TBR and get it AS SOON AS IT COMES OUT. Okay? Perfect.
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