Author: Molli Moran
Published: March 1st 2014
Source: Copy given by author for honest review
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
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Caution: May contain spoilers
When Quinnlan Reynolds left home at 18, she escaped her small, Georgia town and her suffocating upbringing. She started a new life as a ballerina, and tasted freedom for the first time. But four years later, her first visit home turns tragic. Reeling, Quinn tries to piece her life back together again. But doing so is easier said than done when sexy Jonah Walker saunters back into her life.
Quinn shattered Jonah’s heart once, so getting involved with her isn’t something he’s sure he’s ready to do again. He became someone he didn’t recognize when he left home. He’s spent the last years burying his pain by keeping everyone in his life at arm’s length. Now he needs to get to know his family again, and finally become who he wants to be.
But neither Quinn or Jonah can stay away from each other, especially when old feelings resurface. Something is pulling them back together, and they can’t deny their chemistry for long. One Georgia summer could change both their lives forever, if they can work through their past to have a future together.
* This book is considered New Adult due to age range and subject matter. *
There are a lot of books that get published out there. Some are good, some are very good, and some, well, they're amazing. As You Turn Away is amazing. I followed Molli's tweets as she was writing it and from that I knew that this one was going to go deep and it was going to bring the tears. Did it? Oh my goodness, you better believe it did.
Quinn and Jonah are both at a critical juncture in their lives. Jonah has come home after being away for years to stay with his family, and Quinn has returned to visit hers. Being home with family opens up a lot of emotions for everyone. The past tries to haunt them, but they push through it and try to rebuild for a better future.
The most amazing thing about this story, to me, is that it isn't all romance. It's there (very much so) but it goes beyond that, like the New Adult genre should. A huge part of the story revolves around family and friendships--something that is lacking in society today. Spending time with family is something that should be more common. I'm glad that Molli brought that out and showed the importance of it.
Back to the romance though... Quinn and Jonah have a history from years ago and something tore them apart right before they left for college. Now that they're both in the same place again, they're attempting to be friends. Of course, they still have feelings for each other and it starts to get very hard to hold back on them. The two of them together? Trust me, it will make you melt.
As You Turn Away is a powerful debut from Molli Moran. It is a bittersweet story, one that will have you equal parts every emotion. Reading it broke me at certain points, and I found myself just crying my eyes out. It's been awhile since a book has done that to me. And the end? Perfect, honest, realistic. I am so looking forward to the next book in this series.