Minor spoilers ahead… I guess. To be honest, there’s not really much of a plot here at all so I’m not sure how much can be spoiled, but anyway, you’ve been warned.
So the book opens a year later and we (the readers) have missed all of the good stuff. Eden has been dating Dean for the duration of her and Tyler’s separation and Tyler has been on his tour/living in New York. We are never given any insight into how these events transpired- which sucks. Eden is just all of a sudden in love with Dean, though still trying to get over Tyler. Tyler is revealed to have all of a sudden snapped out of his teenage angst and developed a sunny disposition over the course of the year, but we’re never let in on how this happens.
Eden spends the entire book alternating between being a total asshole by cheating on Dean and overreacting to every little thing that is or could threaten her burgeoning relationship with Tyler. Tyler spends the entire book either being an asshole by sleeping with his best friend’s girl or obsessing over Eden to the point where he films himself talking about her and how great she is for 4 hours. Literally. As in that is the number of hours of tape he uses according to the book. It’s not a number I made up to exaggerate how obsessed with Eden he is. FOUR HOURS.
There’s not a lot going on here. Eden meets Tyler’s roommate, Snake, who we are never really given any backstory on except that he’s from Boston. Then, Tyler’s friend, Emily, from the tour shows up and needs a place to stay. Eden is, of course, very threatened by Emily despite Tyler and Emily both swearing up and that they’re just friends with a super strong bond. This bond is created by some event that occurred on tour that is never revealed in the book. The book does a lot of alluding and implying, but never really gets around to actually giving the reader any idea what brought the events that are transpiring to fruition. It makes everything seem thin. I never fully fell into the world because I felt excluded. There was so much I wasn’t in on- so much withheld information.
The end of this book is utterly infuriating, but not unexpected. Obviously since it’s a trilogy it was going to have a cliffhanger. And obviously since this author seems to consistently pull conflict out of thin air, the cliffhanger was going to be a fight and decision completely out of nowhere and inconsistent with the actions of the characters for the entirety of the novel.
This book sucks, but I gave it 2 stars because something about it makes me want to see it through. I guess I would say this book is like toast. It’s fine, and everyone kind of likes it. You eat a couple bites of it when it’s included with your omelet or bacon and hash browns at breakfast just because it’s on your plate, but it’s nothing to get excited about. No one gets out of bed for toast.