*I received a free ebook copy of this from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.
Title: Something Like This
Author: Eileen Cruz Coleman
Series: (Secrets Series, #1)
Publication date: April 24th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
Twenty-three-year old Jadie Santiago has a secret.
One morning on her way to work she stops to offer a homeless man a bottle of water. As she meets the man’s eyes, Jadie instantly recognizes they belong to her father, whom she hasn’t seen since she was sixteen. Unable to accept the truth of her encounter, Jadie flees, hoping eventually to forget the experience and continue leading a normal life.
But then she meets Reece, an aspiring writer with a mysterious past who is set on capturing Jadie’s affection. Jadie wants nothing more than to give her heart to Reece, but her broken past and crippling secret keep her from surrendering it to him fully.
Things won’t come easy to Jadie as she fights for her place in the world, but there is strength in her, and she is determined never to stop struggling for what so many others have: love, happiness, and a sense of belonging.
Something Like This is full of finding love, forgiveness, a place to belong, and family. It’s about facing your fears, your past, and not giving up even though things may be hard. It’s about a young adult trying to make her way through life with an emptiness she wishes could go away. It’s about her hopes and dreams she once had, but gave up on because she doesn’t think she’s good enough. Her own father couldn’t love her, he left her, so why would she ever amount to anything? Despite that though, she tries. She works hard to be where she is and she’s grateful. It’s about conquering her fears and realizing she is a person, someone who deserves to be loved. It;s about learning to love and be loved. It’s about opening up and being happy again. It’s something we all can relate to in one way or another.
Which is probably why I enjoyed this book so much. The main character, Jadie, is someone we can all relate to, because at one point or another we felt insecure or like we weren’t good enough. And while at times she tends to be a tad dramatic, you can’t really blame her because from the way she thinks, she’s not good enough for Reece. He deserves someone better, someone with less baggage. What she didn’t realize -what we don’t realize- though, because she was so lost in her own pain, was that everyone has a bit of baggage; everyone’s hurting. We tend to forget, just as Jadie did, that we’re all human and we all hurt despite the smiles we plaster on our faces; no matter how real one might look. And so that made her a character easy to relate to and connect with, which made for a better read.
While I really love the characters, the relationship between Reece and Jadie came on too fast for my liking. As Jadie herself said, they were already telling each other they loved the other only days after they met. It was too fast for my liking. Despite that though, the relationship was well written and real enough that it didn’t feel like they fell in love days after meeting. Sure, they still needed to keep getting to know one another, but they fit together so well and it felt real, especially because they got into fights like all couples do.
Overall (sorry, I don’t have all that much to add), the characters were great, the feelings too, but the pacing too fast. I do recommend reading Something Like This if you like contemporary reads with great characters.