***I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review***
I was so excited to receive this book since the synopsis instantly grabbed my attention. However, for some reason I had a hard time getting into it. I kept picking it up, reading a few pages and then putting it back down; which is rare occurrence for me. Since I really wanted to love this book I pushed through. I felt so much sympathy for Wade’s character. He was living a sad, demeaning life and he desperately wanted something better. He also wanted to make Maria’s life better along the way— because of the synopsis I thought the book was going to be about Wade and Maria running away from their families and the law after Wade takes a gun to school to pick her up. However, it wasn’t that at all.
I completely agree with the other reviewer about how the reader doesn’t necessarily get to know Wade on a deeper level. It’s easy to feel sympathy for Wade, but you never get a real sense of connection.