Skye followed her long time boyfriend to Seattle for their first year of college, but he dumped her after only a week. The relationship brought only pain and destruction in Skye's life, and yet, she can't bring herself to open up and live her life.
"What if I am already broken into pieces?"
She hates to be touched, hiding under her oversized shirts and behind her wild frizzy hair. Even her bubbly roommate can't reach her. And yet ...
"I'm the guy who knows how you can hurt so much that your insides feel like they're cut and bleeding."
The tall, handsome, and tattooed TA in her psychology class changes everything when he literally collides with her and confronts her. For the first time in a long time, she wants to try and open up to this guy whose dark, intense eyes can't hide his own pain despite his dazzling smile getting to her.
However, just when she's starting to live again, her ex-boyfriend comes back, breaking her time and time again, making it all the more complicated.
She wants to fight for herself and for this building thing with the TA, even when he pushes her away, but can two broken people patch each other up?
"I never thought colliding with someone could change lives, but it is possible."
* Due to some shocking scenes, this novel is for readers of 18 and up.
Review by Brittany
Skye Walker (yeah, yeah get your laughs out now) fell in love with a boy named Sean. The first few months were perfect, but he slowly began to break her down until she believed the words he slung at her… until she believed she deserved the punches thrown at her.
Afraid to tell anyone, she follows him across the country to college in Seattle, where he shortly breaks up with her. Skye really spirals into a depression, wearing baggy, oversized clothing to hide herself and is constantly studying to take her mind off of her past relationship.
One day in her psychology class, she literally runs into one of the TAs. Duke Ashdown can instantly tell something is wrong when she cringes away from his touch. Desperate to get to know her and help her, he begins a friendship. Skye is hesitant, afraid of getting hurt again.
With the help of her roommate, Kate, Skye slowly allows herself to feel loved and to love back. Skye and Duke’s friendship turns into a romance, and Skye is terrified. She keeps pushing him away, knowing that she will inevitably get hurt. Duke pushes her away, because after losing one of the people he loved most, he’s afraid to feel that type of pain again.
This book was amazing! It ends in a way that you don’t have to read the next book, but you can if you want. I highly recommend following this with book two, Fix Up.
I know that some people might get really annoyed with how the two main characters know they have problems, but don’t try to fix them. The way they keep pushing each other away may drive people insane, but I’m writing this to tell you if you hate that, then this book isn’t for you.
But that didn’t bother me. I was so consumed in the story and the way that Duke and Skye are together, that I didn’t care about much else. All I wanted was for the two to finally realize that they’re it for each other, but something always tries to break them apart.
I really think Stephanie did an amazing job with this book! She has me totally invested in this story and after reading book two, I am even more in love with Skye and Duke. Definitely one of my top five star reads for the year.
Video Review by Brittany
About Stephanie Witter
Stephanie Witter is a French dreamer. She started learning English at three, and fell in love with the language. Always with a book, or two close by, she started reading in English when she couldn’t wait any longer for Harry Potter to be translated in French. After a while, reading wasn’t enough. She soon started writing Young Adult and New Adult Contemporary novels filled with angst, love, hope, drama and a touch of fun. PATCH UP is her first New Adult Contemporary novel.