Dark and angst-filled characters struggling to face their demons are like my kryptonite (well, that and rakish men). Something about the act of redemption and making it against all odds just gives me the warm and fuzzies. With that being said it’s not a surprise that Jessica Sorensen is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. I loved loved loved loved loved her book The Secret of Ella and Micha when I read it last month, and couldn’t wait to jump into book two in the series, The Forever of Ella and Micha.
Now that they have survived the events of the first book in the series, both Ella and Micha have settled into a long distance relationship. Ella has gone back to college, and is attempting to get away from her family problems, as her father is battling with alcohol addiction and has been in and out of rehab for the past few months. Micha, on the other hand, is traveling across the country performing with his band. He is finding it much more difficult than he originally thought to be away from Ella, and Ella is missing the safety and security that she feels with Micha. Nonetheless, she knows that Micha is perusing his dreams, and she refuses to stand in the way of his accomplishments, no matter how much she misses him. Fortunately they do get to spend brief interludes together, but these moments only serve to highlight how hard it is to let each other go. Will they be able to keep up their relationship with the distance mounting between them?
Gahhhhh I am in so love with this book and with Sorensen’s writing and with this series in general. After all the hell that Ella and Micha went through in the last book you’d expect a bit of a reprieve, right? Wrong! I’m actually glad that Sorensen didn’t just take the easy way out and write them a completely normal happy ever after. It’s unrealistic to imagine that suddenly all the problems they have with themselves, their families, and each other would magically disappear the minute they admitted to loving each other. That sugar-coating you find in a lot of romance novels doesn’t exist here. Ella and Micha are raw, emotional, passionate people. In other words, they’re real. At one point in the book Micha tells Ella that since they know all of each other’s flaws, their relationship is stronger than most.
“It will, and you want to know why?” I ask and she nods. “Because most people go into this blind. They don’t know the bad side of the person they’re with. But we know each other’s flaws and cracks- we know what we’re getting into and that makes us stronger.”
SO TRUE. How many people dream of a fantastical relationship where everything is gumdrops and roses? A perfect partner who knows your every thought, dream, wish, etc. A person who will never disagree with you and will never have any problems dealing with anything life throws at them. Unfortunately, life doesn’t happen that way. Nervous breakdowns happen. People lose their jobs, money, homes, family members, etc. Grief happens. So does depression. All of these problems can change a person. Going in to a relationship with your eyes open, knowing the emotional susceptibility your partner could have because of any of these things is the best possible “relationship strengthener” there is. There will be times when you need to be the strong one while your partner is weak. This is exactly what happens in The Forever of Ella and Micha, and it’s because of this that I love this book so much. It’s an incredibly realistic love story that has tons of parallels to real life. It doesn’t make any false promises, but at the same time is spontaneous and fun. In short, it is as varied and unpredictable as life is, and because of that it makes a great read.
5 out of 5 Stars
The Forever of Ella and Micha by Jessica Sorensen
Grand Central Publishing (2013)
eBook: 336 pages
Special thanks to Grand Central Publishing for my review copy via Netgalley!