From Amazon: Alex thought she’d be spending the summer focused on her family’s rafting business, burying the memories of her father’s death last year, and leaving behind all the messes she made in its wake. But when Sean returns to town, she is forced to reckon with her mixed-up crushy feelings for him—more powerful than ever before. It takes another tragedy to make Alex realize Sean has loved her, and forgiven her, all along.
Its been a couple of days since I finished this book, and I still have mixed feelings about it. I really liked the story and the writing, but I had a problem with the characters.
I never felt like I really got to know Alex, which made it difficult for me to identify with her. I understood that she had these deep feelings for Sean, but I never found out why. Why did she love him so much? How had their feelings reached this level? It felt like something was missing, and I think it was the lack of relationship development.
On saying that, I liked all the secondary characters, especially Tommy. He had his flaws, but he was a fun, British guy just flirting his way through life. Mala was also interesting to read, though I didn't understand why Alex regarded her so highly. They seemed polar opposites: the kind that are too different to be friends.
One aspect of the book that I really did love was the inclusion and descriptions of Grayton River. It became almost like a character in itself, and was a huge part of the story. I never fully understood how one place or landmark could have such an impact on someone's life, but I do now.
Heartbreak River is a satisfying read, with an unexpected ending that hits you head on. It's about loss, longing and forgiveness, and shows us that all relationships are possible to rebuild. It's a nice addition to the YA romance genre, and I look forward to whatever Tricia comes up with next.