Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Published on: August 23, 2017
POV: Dual First Point of View
Rating: 5 STARS
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Guys, I finally got the book I’ve been looking for. This kind of book is the reason I started this blog and love reading romance novels. I always look for stories like this and will always be. The kind of story that rips my heart out and heals it at the end. I loved Ghosted like crazy! If it is not enough to convince you yet, let me tell you what the story is about.
The story follows two teenagers, Jonathan and Kennedy, who were students in a prestigious private high school. Kennedy was a new student at school and was still feeling uncomfortable with her surrounding while Jonathan was a student with a bad reputation who was forced to attend the school he had never wanted. Everyone in school tolerated him merely because of his father’s reputation but it didn’t stop him from expressing his hatred.
Despite their differences, Jonathan was attracted to the new student, Kennedy, and the feeling was mutual. Soon they became inseparable. They understood and completed each other. In order to pursue Jonathan’s dream to be an actor, Kennedy gave up everything and followed him to Los Angeles, left the school and both of their families. All they had was each other and the belief that their love would be enough to conquer the world.
As his career started to take off, so the pressures of being a new star in Hollywood. The feelings of abandonment, rejection, and distrust got into their heads as the elite of the industry forced them to make choices. Being young and alone was not helping the situation either. It affected their relationship and finally forced them to part ways.
“But if there’s one thing I’ve learned from it all, it’s that we have to be our own heroes. No guy in a costume is coming to save us. We have to save ourselves.”
Their journey had put me in an emotional roller coaster. I rooted for them since the beginning, so my emotions were all over the place when their road suddenly became too painful to watch. Their love was never a question despite them being young; it felt SO real. I could feel it DEEP in my heart and BELIEVED it. I reread some parts of the dialogs because I wanted to feel it again. They were intense and rich and spoke directly to my soul. I loved the feelings they managed to bring out of me.
“Worse is loving someone who disappears and never knowing if they’ll come back. Because how do you move on if you’re not even sure they’re gone? The answer is—you don’t. When you spend most of your life chasing ghosts, eventually, you become one.”
The whole pace was perfect. It captured all the details, yet didn’t slow the story down. Every detail of their lives: their upbringings, first meeting, journey to pursue their dream, the reason they separated, their struggles to get back together, their sacrifices, fears, and worries to see the future. All together flowed smoothly, effortlessly, and flawlessly. I felt every single scene and was with them on their journey from the beginning to the end.
The alternate past and present point of views were very clever. It was unique and kept me on my toes with anticipation all the time. It was like a mystery I didn’t want to miss. I was wondering, “What went wrong?” The unique point of views combined with J.M. Darhower’s story-telling skill made the story unputdownable.
I loved seeing all the characters’ developments. There were no rushed moments that made me question their actions since each of them had their own reasons. I loved watching how they came to forgive and accepted the one who wronged them at the end and I loved how believable the whole scene was. I also loved how unique each of the characters was and it was maintained throughout the story. They were like real people we meet every day, which made them relatable and easy to connect with.
The father-daughter scenes were adorable! I LOVED each of their interactions. They were cute, adorable, spontaneous, hilarious, and emotional. I had never laughed and been that touched at the same time before watching them trying to get to know each other. Their interactions were one of my favorites of the story.
And the ending was AWESOME. It was wrapped RIGHT. It made me sad though since I didn’t want it to end. The whole story was both unputdownable and addicting; I had a hard time to close the book when I reached the ending. What an awesome story!
“But I just need to tell you… I need you to know… that even when I was completely fucked up, I never once stopped loving you.”
I highly recommend Ghosted to those interested in an emotional, famous actor, single parent, second-chance romance. It was a slightly longer book but doesn’t feel that way once you dive in. There weren’t dull, boring moments whatsoever and it is worth every penny and time you spend reading. 🙂
“I wasn’t accusing you of cheating. I just wanted to know how long it took you to move on.”
“Oh, well, that’s an easy one,” he says. “It hasn’t happened.”