ARC Review: The End of Our Story

The End of Our StoryThe End of Our Story by Meg Haston
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Bridge and Wil have been entangled in each other’s lives for years. Under the white-hot Florida sun, they went from kids daring each other to swim past the breakers to teenagers stealing kisses between classes. But when Bridge betrayed Wil during their junior year, she shattered his heart and their relationship along with it.

Then Wil’s family suffers a violent loss, and Bridge rushes back to Wil’s side. As they struggle to heal old wounds and start falling for each other all over again, Bridge and Wil discover just how much has changed in the past year. As the fierce current of tragedy threatens to pull them under, they must learn how to swim on their own—or risk drowning together.

It is odd, but this is one of the times when I finish a book and do not know what it was about? Was this about Bridget’s inability to stop herself from poking her nose into everyone’s life? About Wil coming to terms with the events of the night of his father’s death? The underlying message that no matter how much you think you know someone, people can still surprise you with their secrets? It hit on some topics like alcoholism and domestic violence, and I would like to warn readers for the trigger-some nature of these topics. Overall, it makes a point of how people are imperfect and even the best of us will have some flaws. This was a book that was solely dedicated to the intense relationship between Bridget and Wil and considering the history they have between them, I agree with the characterization of that relationship in the book. It is all-encompassing for both, since it is the only thing they have known. Even after Bridget’s mistake, and Wil’s breaking them off, it continues to be a thing they can’t let go off.

So, when after Wil’s father’s death, Bridget and he start getting close once again. But now she senses secrets in him and tries to understand where he is coming from. Her every other interaction with others was first about how she misses him, but now it was about why he won’t open up to her. Honestly, if I was Leigh, even I would have cause to get angry. Over onto Minna, though, I sensed that she was more patient about it, in light of her years of experience. But, it felt like this book was determined to not tie up any of the many plot threads and since it does not look like this has a sequel, I am dissatisfied with the ending. I did not see the point of Leigh’s art project, or Minna’s daughter even being part of this plot when Bridge was like Wil, my Wil through half the book. While it has such an intense relationship between the two leads, the secondary characters are being rendered useless. Also, not that this was written like a mystery, but it does have a ‘reveal’ of sorts towards the end, which felt a little late in the game, in a way, because it was in a way something that changed the pace of the plot.

In the end, though, I am sort of indifferent about the book overall. The writing was good, the characters were fleshed out well, but the plot felt flat. It might appeal to some, but an average one for me.

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review from Harper Teen, via Edelweiss.

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