“I lied to Hannah about the picture. I lied to her about a lot of things.”
With this warning, M. Pierce lures you into the story of Matt and Hannah. To be honest, both characters had moments, long moments, where they were very unappealing to me as a reader; Matt, at the beginning, and then Hannah, later on in the story. And, while we’re going for full disclosure, Matt’s situation at the beginning of the book (one of his many lies) will turn off a certain percentage of readers. Not every story is for every person. There are some things characters do that readers can’t overlook. Yes, I had my problems with the book. But, even with these two big caveats, the characters and the story grew on me.
This book was really a tale of two halves. The first half is a whirlwind of a romance. Matt and Hannah start off as writing collaborators, and turn quickly into a long distance email and phone flirtation. In the world of online dating, this probably won’t be an uncommon scenario to many readers. The jump from long distance to same town is so fast you’d think there was a warp drive or a tardis helping things along. Instead, it is one of those coincidences that you just have to set aside if you’re going to keep reading. If you’re used to books with a long, slow buildup, this will be quite a new experience. The first hookup is in the car, in front of her parent’s house. And, to be honest, it is hot. Very, very hot.