Review: Recovered by Jay Crownover

Note: This ARC was provided by the author via InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review.

“What are we doing?” 
I had no idea, but I was positive it was going to be the best and worst thing that had ever happened to me. 
“Well...I'm going to ruin you, and're going to do your best to save me.”

I've had quite a few favorites when it comes to Jay Crownover's books, but I must admit, there's something extraordinary about Recovered. It isn't as if this is her first new adult (NA) title, and it isn't as if I didn't read the story while it was being released in installments via Crownover's newsletter. Still, when I read Cable McCaffrey and Affton Reed's story once again--this time in one go--the experience was different. The anticipation was still there as to what would happen to Cable in terms of his sobriety, to Affton in terms of her going to Berkley, and to them as a couple and if there was any future to be had. However, there was also more of an intensity this time around, almost as if I couldn't stop myself from flipping one page to the next, taking no breaks at all in between chapters. As weird as it may sound, I was even more invested in these two and their story. But this IS a Jay Crownover book, so I shouldn't really be all that surprised that this affects me as much as it does even though you'd think it shouldn't considering I should already know Cable and Affton's story by now. It's simply THAT good of a love story.

Cable McCaffrey and Affton Reed went to the same high school, with Cable being a year ahead of Affton. He was the untouchable junior with an addiction problem that no one seemed to like but everyone made nice with, and she was the untouched sophomore who called him out on his addiction. What she did may make her seem as if she cared, but when it comes to Cable, any positive feelings can quickly go to the wayside when he isn't all that receptive to her kind gesture, and just that quickly, Affton finds herself hating the guy. When Affton takes things one step further, the wheels are set into motion and it culminates into what's later called "the incident". More than a year and a half later, Cable and Affton see each other again, and it's clear that her empathy turned into apathy. Unfortunately, Affton is left with no other choice but to become Cable's babysitter over the summer right before she heads to California for college. But as much as she tries to maintain both her disdain and her distance, Affton can't seem to help making sure he'll be okay. The question is, will she recover from her summer with Cable?

This book was a roller coaster ride, one that had my emotions going from high to lows. You know that dip in your stomach that happens when you're at the precipice of a moment in a story? That happened here more than once, and not a lot of authors can evoke that sort of reaction out of me. Just like Affton, this is the sort of story where it would be impossible to remain apathetic or not be affected in some way, shape, or form by what Cable and Affton have experienced in their more or less two decades on the planet. These two have their struggles--Cable more so than Affton--and while many books have one main character saving the other or having them both save one another, I loved the reminder that, ultimately, the choice should be about doing it for ourselves, not for other people. From the moment that Cable and Affton have their very first interaction to that subtly swoony epilogue, Recovered is a love story that I still find myself recovering from, pun totally intended, thank you very much. But then a book hangover as major as this one is the kind I love to revel in. I highly recommend this five-plus-star read. ♥

Release Date: 27 March 2018

Date Read: 26 March 2018

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