Easy Silence by Beth Rinyu


Synopsis:

They say you never forget your first love. No matter how many more come along or how much time goes by, there will always be that one person who will be forever embedded deep inside your heart and soul. For me, that was Jaxson Callahan.
We were complete opposites. I was a senator’s daughter. My parents were always too busy keeping up appearances on the political scene to show me love, so instead they bought my affection.
He was the son of a woman who allowed men to use and abuse her as well as him, just for her next fix. 
We became each other’s solace during that summer we met, creating a lifetime of memories in three short months. I provided him with a sense of hope that there was more than just the harsh reality of the life he had grown accustomed to, and he showed me a genuine love that I had been yearning for my entire life. We vowed to be together forever. I loved him and he loved me…. and nothing would keep us apart.
Nothing except the secrets that were hiding in that small seaside town.
Secrets that altered our destiny. We were never given any warning as we watched our future shake, crumble and disappear altogether, leaving us with nothing but memories of a bittersweet past.
Life can be beautiful. 
Life can be kind.
And, life can be heartless…..because nothing about our situation was fair.

Review:

Easy Silence left me a bit conflicted. Honestly for the most part the book was just okay. Not amazing, but not the worst I have read either. 

Samantha, or Sam, is the senators daughter. She seems to have everything, but in reality she would give it all up for a family that loved her. A family that was there for her. While her parents are off traveling through Europe Sam is staying with her grandmother who has Alzheimer's. She keeps thinking Sam is her dad's first girlfriend. She meets some of her dad's old friends and they obviously know some secret about her dad, but she cannot seem to figure out what it is. This was part of the not so good. It is obvious what the big secret is, it is even almost pointed out to her directly, and yet she is still like I have no idea what is going on. What is the big secret? Who was grandma talking about? I am going to be wilfully ignorant because it is not frustrating to read a character that seems to have their head stuck on the sand. That or is incredibly stupid and cannot add two and two to make four. Either way not the best. 

Jaxson, or Jax, has not had the best of lives. Everyone in town thinks he is good for nothing since his parents both are. That annoyed me a bit. I was glad that Sam would stick up for him with everyone. She would always yell at them to not judge him based on what his parents did. That was one of the good parts of the story, one of the things I liked. Jaxson needed someone on his side since almost everyone in their town seems to be against him. When Jaxson first meets Samantha he is pretty terrible to her. He thinks she has it all and she is too good for him. They slowly get together and fall in love and make plans for the future. Everything is great until secrets from the past are revealed and then it all implodes.
 

My main issue with this book is I couldn't connect with any of the characters. The storyline sounds great, something I would enjoy, but the writing just left me feeling like I didn't really know anyone. I didn't understand why they did some of the things they did, or thought the things they did. There was just a disconnect for me. In a story like this where you have someone with a terribly abusive past you should be able to at least feel for the character, but Jax was just not a full enough character for me to really relate to. It wasn't the worst ever, but again it wasn't great either. I didn't see the connection between Jax and Sam, didn't see them as really being in love. It just wasn't quite there for me. 

Then you get to the end and man it was beautiful. The last two of three chapters were perfect. I loved them. They just made me feel the feels and made the end just wonderfully beautiful. If you would have told me the ending before I got there I probably would have rolled my eyes and thought how terrible it was going to be, but it really wasn't. I am not sure exactly what changed, but it was wonderful. Then that made me really think if this could be so great, so perfect, why wasn't the rest of the story? Why couldn't I relate to the characters and feel their emotions the rest of the time? I'm not sure why I couldn't, but I didn't. The ending really made the rest of the story that much worse for me since then I saw what it could have been but wasn't. Not the worst read ever, the ending is perfect, but the rest of the story is just not as good as I would have liked. 

*Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

Rating: ★ ★1/2

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