Review: Where the Night Ends by Melissa Toppen


Note: This ARC was provided by the author via Enticing Journey Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

They say that you never forget your first love. In my case, this is true. I don't think of him with any sense of longing, but I do smile over those not-so-late night phone conversations and my dad reminding me that it was time to put the phone down. When we had to part ways because I had skipped a grade and was going from a co-ed school to an all girls's high school, it was sad but not the kind of sad that had me spending days and nights crying over. We've led separate lives since then--though we are Facebook friends--but there isn't that what-if kind of feeling involved.

In author Melissa Toppen's latest release, a young adult (YA) romance entitled Where the Night Ends, she tackles what it's like to find love in high school and how factors like graduation and going off to college are going to affect whatever relationship you have with someone. When high school junior Tessa Wilson and senior Sebastian Baxter unexpectedly find themselves connecting during a party, it's the beginning of something extraordinary. They fall in love, but when they come upon crossroads, one life-altering choice has them taking separate, heartbreaking paths.

Tess and Sebastian find the kind of love that could very well last a lifetime if given the opportunity. But these two are still teenagers when they do find that love, and sometimes, we make decisions that we believe are for the best, but in hindsight, may not have been. The story takes readers from the beginning of that love and then to the five-year long pause that occurs while Tess and Sebastian move from being high school students to college ones and a bit beyond. But all it takes is to experience heartache once to make someone gun-shy, as was the case with Tessa.

Tess and Sebastian aren't perfect, but they're far from whiny and they don't complain about every single thing that doesn't go their way. Each one has a pretty good head on their shoulders, but they do make mistakes, the kind that tempt you to want to smack your forehead because you can see how their words and actions are going to cause problems. I loved this story of love found, lost, and then found again and kept. The writing is highly commendable, although it does have its share of hiccups, but all in all, Where the Night Ends is a 4.5-starred winner of a YA read. ♥

Release Date: 18 July 2017

Date Read: 16 July 2017

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