The novel consists of two POVs, both in the first person limited voice. William Butler and Anna Oshiro Morning Goodwin, a pair of American teenagers living next to each other, tell you about the big, cosmic love that binds them and their families together. Will is an orphaned son of an Irish expat whose mother died prematurely of aneurism and Anna is a diabetic with a whole bunch of health issues. Nothing has been able to keep them apart since the kindergarten. However Will’s father gets a very favourable job offer in Europe and decides to return to his homeland, Ireland, taking his son with him. Just two years but for any teenager in love a real eternity. Will their feelings remain the same?
It is a continuation of the first part, Myself in Blue, but with the next generation of characters. It can be comfortably read as a stand-alone as both Anna and William tell you everything you need to know to make the narration flow seamlessly.
It is not the first book of Ms. Barcelos I’ve read and I’ve been praising the narrative voice of that author many times – this novel wasn’t an exception. It was so readable and nice that, as soon as I started reading I couldn’t stop it and I finished it in one evening. I just liked hanging around those two precocious kids (er…sorry, teenagers of course).
Still it was sweet. Very, very sweet, more sugary than Romeo and Juliet but, fortunately, without that obnoxious love at first sight. I don’t think such sweet romances ever happen, perhaps somewhere in an alternate universe… Of course there were some darker spots: Will’s mother’s sudden death, the unpredictable illness of Anna, described very well by the way, and sad experiences of her godmother, Carolina, who was in the Twin Towers during the terrorist attack. However, they were just like small dark-gray clouds, hanging on your horizon but never bringing rain or storm that would force you to change your plans.
The relationship of two main characters was so perfect that almost improbable. They have known each other since they were five. They’ve always been good, close friends, real soul-mates. Then they decided they wanted to date, almost a natural order of things. There was never a second option, any competitor, zilch. Honestly I had hard time to believe it. Oh well.
I liked the continuation far better than I thought I would but mainly because of the parts that actually weren’t connected to the big, teary, teen romance story arc. And the compelling nice narrative voice.
I got a complimentary copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.