Friday 4 May 2018

Review of The Now Or Never Moment: Omnibus by Katie Kaleski


By the time she realizes she loves him, he’s already gone.

Shelby and Tanner have been inseparable ever since freshman year when she intervened to save him from a bully’s beating. Fast forward four intense years--Shelby is leaving for college. Without Tanner. Three days before she’s set to move, he hands her a thick envelope with explicit instructions:

In no way shape or form is she to open the envelope until she is perfectly settled in at school. She is not to even think of it until then.

No one has seen Tanner since that moment.

She opens the envelope to find a letter of epic proportions inside that spans their years in high school together. When she reads it out loud to almost her entire dorm, Shelby relives the good and all of the bad, and together they learn details that Tanner held back, the things he never told her. How much he really loves her.

Sometimes, all it takes is walking in someone else’s shoes to realize what you’ve known all along. Sometimes, that realization comes too late.

*this book deals with suicidal ideation, depression, and bullying*

My review: 5 stars
This book is amazing! It starts off with Shelby, last day before she heads off to college, but she has a letter from her best friend Tanner, and he told her to only open it when she was settled in school. Of course she doesn't wait, and soon she, and a number of her fellow students, are moving back through her past, as well as Tanner's as well. It is heart breaking, heart wrenching. The bulling, the depression, the emotional abuse could be triggering to some, as the author warns in the description, but the book is beautifully told. All four years bound together and along the way you get to know Shelby and Tanner, hoping for the ending you wish for, not knowing from page to page if it will be like that. I started it one night and found myself being drawn back, pulled back almost and losing time in the pages. These are the kind of stories that need to be told and I highly recommend this book!

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