In this companion novel, we follow Cole St. Clair as he embarks on his long journey to stay sober and try and win back the affections from Isabel Culpepper. In the third book of the series, Forever, Cole and Isabel met and fell in love before Cole broke her heart and Isabel is not one to forgive.
We meet up with Cole as he is in Los Angeles working on a reality TV show about his comeback but he quick sees that the only reason why he’s on this show is so that he can fail in front of everyone, yet again. Cole is to determined to win back Isabel and get his life back that he won’t let anything stop him, even when it seems like the world is against him.
While the story on the surface looks to be about Cole and his big comeback, there is an underlying story for Isabel that we get to see. We see how broken her family was even before her brother, Jack’s death. Isabel is still angry with her father for setting up the hunt and trying to kill all the wolves in Forever. Obviously considering her history, she is not a big fan of wolves, but can’t help the pull Cole has over her.
Stiefvater has a way of writing these very complex characters that make you really feel for them and connect with them. You feel bad for Cole because he’s really trying to make a new life for himself, but the industry just won’t let him. And you feel bad for Isabel who has never had anyone she can truly count on and has made her really bitter towards the world.
Perhaps the only thing that the only thing that this book lacks is that big conflict. Yes there are a few fights between Cole and Isabel that you thought, ‘ok this could be it’, but the fight is short lived and Cole didn’t really fight back. It would have made the story a little bit more interesting if we had that big fight as we get to the bottom of what they are really afraid of and the other person hears it too.
The story is so far past entertaining and interesting that by the time you finish the epilogue you are praying and hoping that Stiefvater might surprise us again with a sequel to this companion novel. While she has stated it’s supposed to be a stand-alone, you still hold on to the sliver of hope because Cole and Isabel are a couple that you are rooting for and want to make sure get they get what they deserve.
This is an amazing and beautiful story for the series. It proves that you really can find strength to become a new person and that love can truly change a person.
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