“I hold her. I don’t tell her it’s okay.
“Be mad,” I say. “Be hurt. Be broken. Cry.”
The very first sentence sets the tone for the entire book:
"I wasn't always in love with Colton Calloway; I was in love with his younger brother, Kyle, first."
This is Nell's story, but it is told over several years and through the alternating POVs of Nell and Colton. For Nell and Colton, survival is about learning how to live life on their own terms, and not through the dreams their parents wished for them as young children. When life crushed their spirits, and their young dreams faded away, pain became their welcomed friend. Emotionally and physically.
Nell grew up with Kyle and they did everything together. It helped that they were neighbors, their mothers were friends and they were born only two days apart. When Nell can finally date, Kyle's best friend asks her out. Unfortunately when she tells Kyle, he freaks out and that leads them both to the conclusion that they have always loved each other as more than friends.
One day when things change and Nell will never be the same. Enter Colton, Kyle's older brother, and now Nell will definitely never be the same.
Both Nell and Colton fight what they feel for each other. They both have been wounded and it takes two years before they see each other again. Nell has spiraled out of control and is barely holding on. Thankfully, Colton recognizes what she is going through and can help her, can help heal her soul.
There were a lot of emotional issues that this book deals with. It definitely pulls at your heart strings. And we get some more drama at the end. Not sure how I felt about it and if it was really necessary? What I really wanted was an epilogue.
Falling Into You is a story of grief, pain, self-loathing, healing, love and second chances.