For a girl who dared to tempt death, living is the only promise that matters now.
Jay’s life almost came to a forced end when her darkest secrets were revealed and the one who she chose to give her future to was ripped away. Now, everything she kept hidden is the topic of everyone’s conversation, and not all are sympathetic. Someone wants her horrific past to dictate her future, and another is determined to help her choose a different path.
In conclusion to Ruining Me, Kane and Rhye know that Jay is worth the fight, but waiting for her to find herself may ruin them all.
Recommended for readers 17+ due to sexual situations, violence, and language.
Chelly’s Review <3<3<3<3<3
The first book ruined me…and I couldn’t wait for this one. If you haven’t read Ruining Me, please do before reading this review…it’s almost impossible to write this without giving something away.
“Don’t lose out on something that could be forever because you think the timing isn’t right. Don’t let fate decide.”
It’s been 64 days since Jay’s world was torn apart. She goes to therapy now in a voluntary inpatient facility to help deal with her feelings and what she’s been through, and technically she can leave whenever she wants, but the guilt she still feels for ruining everyone’s lives makes it impossible for her to face everyone at home. She spends her time alone, reading letters from Kane, Molly, and her parents time and again. Kane’s are the hardest, especially since the last one says he’s moving on. She can’t blame him really, that’s what she wants for him, he deserves so much more than what she can give him.
Eli is the new guy in the therapy center and at first Jay refuses to let him in, but soon they become the best of friends. He’s a straight shooter and doesn’t hold anything back, and he proves to be exactly what she needs to start working through her issues and healing. When he finally convinces her it’s time to face the music, she’s terrified but packs up to head home.
She thought she knew how her death would have affected everyone, but she never thought about how living through the attempt would affect them. Everyone’s life has changed because of her. She has promised herself that she will live now, but the people around her don’t know that; they only know that she tried to kill herself and could easily do it again. And she’s missed so much in the last 3 months. She never really thought about what happened to everyone else after the accident, especially Cal (that part broke my heart). Kane still cares for her, but he says he’s moving on, which is what she thought she wanted, but can she really let him go and let him be happy? Rhye hasn’t given up on her either, but before she can make a decision about either of them, she must take time for herself and figure out what she wants.
On top of everything else, the detectives are on her case about testifying against Coach Branch. Without her testimony, Coach will likely walk away a free man, but Jay can’t talk about what happened in front of her friends and family…it will kill her. Can she work up the courage to testify and put him away for good? Can she move on with her life and stop blaming herself for the accident and ruining everyone’s lives? Will she finally be able to love again?
“One makes me laugh…One makes me cry…One touches my heart…One owns it.”
Nicole Reed has done it again. This story took my already broken heart, crumbled it up a little more, and then slowly started piecing it back together. I already loved every character in this book from before, but this one took that love even deeper. I love a book that can rip me apart and make me feel absolutely every emotion possible, and Ruining You did exactly that. Do yourself a favor, read anything from Nicole Reed…you won’t be disappointed!