Title: Who She Was
By: Stormy Smith
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Release Date: May 4th, 2017
Publisher: Perfect Storm Publishing, LLC
Summary from Goodreads: Trevor Adler loathes the music he used to love, but it’s the key to his full-ride scholarship and the ticket away from his dysfunctional parents. To kick off their freshman year, Trevor’s roommate drags him to a frat party, where he ends up face-to-face with his childhood best friend and finds himself entrenched in memories he’d rather forget.
Unable to let Charlie go again without understanding the truth of why she disappeared from his life and chose to become the type of person they always hated, Trevor is relentless in his pursuit of the girl he once knew.
Charlotte (Charlie) Logan is broken. Under her perfectly-crafted exterior are the shards of a shattered heart. A handful of angry words changed her life completely and Charlie’s never been able to forgive herself for the truth she’s hidden from everyone.
While Trevor pushes Charlie to remember the music that lit her soul and the laughter they shared, they find themselves reverting to a banter-filled rhythm that feels all too familiar, yet different now. When Trevor’s own secrets come to light, it becomes clear he and Charlie both must face their tragic pasts if they have any hope at a future together.
Review: Me and contemporary romance don't always get along, so when I find one that I can actually read from start to finish, I blog about it. Who She Was is a powerful story about two people who are struggling to figure out who they are and hat they want after tragedy strikes and they go their separate ways.
Charlie has to deal with a lot. She holds a dark secret, one that haunts her about her sisters death and she's reluctant to share it. Trevor has messed up parents who put him in a tight spot. Its either family loyalty or telling the cops the truth. Two options that would break any person down.
This story could have easily been overwhelming, but Smith has come up with a clean and clear way of telling it. There's not too much romance, but then again, just enough. A lot of the time with contemporary romance there is too much gushing monologue and I didn't get that with this book.
If you're looking for an emotion ride that will leave you feeling like love can overcome anything, then pick up Who She Was by Stormy Smith.
Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.