Something in the Way Book Three; Not a standalone
It was a hot summer day when I met him on the construction site next to my parents’ house. If I’d known then what I do now, would I have kept on walking? Manning was older, darker, experienced—and I’d trusted him when he said the story would only ever be about us. I’d held those words close and challenged fate, but I had lost.
A part of me is still that sixteen-year-old girl squinting up at Manning, but no matter how far I fall or high I soar, I’ll always be a bird without her bear and nothing without him.
When I close my eyes, I can no longer see her. The decisions I made were to push Lake in the right direction—away from me. But now that she’s gone, would I have made those same choices?
I’d walked away like I was supposed to. I’d kept my distance. I’d bent over backward to keep Lake pure, but she’s no longer that girl, and I don’t know if I can stay away anymore. I only know I don’t want to. She’s still everything I want and nothing I should ever have, but if anyone can move the stars, it’s her great bear in the sky.
Both satisfying and fulfilling, Move the Stars was a just and beautiful ending to an angst-filled trilogy. What has always been great about this series is that Hawkins doesn’t make their path at all easy; instead vividly portraying how heartbreaking and debilitating a love between two people can be. Because I refuse to spoil any part of the final piece of their story, I won’t be commenting on much other than it as a whole.
Throughout this journey, both Manning and Lake have been tormented by choices and consequences. Choices that forced distance and separation and unfulfilled desires. I was curious to how Hawkins would rightly bring it all together and I’m satisfied by how she carried it out. It still held all of the elements of angst that this story has always brought, but it leaned more on the helplessly heartbreaking side of it thus eliciting a different kind of reaction than the prior two books. The emotions were strong and hard and brutal, but very necessary. The gut punches and twisted heart responses were all too real.
The true beauty of Move the Stars was in how tough of a journey it was to get to this point, and how wonderfully it all came together to meet my expectations. Other than some slower moments in the first half, I honestly cannot complain about anything else. The poignancy of this book was spot-on–it easily written on the page and into these two characters. I’m sad to see these two go, but very happy to finally see what beauty Hawkins squeezed from their final stand.
Something in the Way Book One; Not a standalone | My Review
Something in the Way Book Two; Not a standalone | My Review
♦ABOUT THE AUTHOR♦
Jessica Hawkins grew up between the purple mountains and under the endless sun of Palm Springs, California. She studied international business at Arizona State University and has also lived in Costa Rica and New York City. To her, the most intriguing fiction is forbidden, and that’s what you’ll find in her stories. Currently, she resides wherever her head lands, which is often the unexpected (but warm) keyboard of her trusty MacBook.