“The life you’re meant to lead is worth fighting for. Worth crying for, even worth bleeding for. When you sing the right song, your life opens before you, and all the pain and sorrow become the bricks you build your castles with.”
This was amazing, I'm pretty sure the book itself is fabulous but I'm so in love with Iggy Toma's voice that he could read the phone book and I'd give it 5 stars.
Okay so that's probably not true but my point is that this audio is outstanding. Can't recommend it enough!!
As for the story? Giles and Aaron are adorable. Giles bothered me a bit at times, I was 100% sympathetic of what he went through and I understood why he was so negative but I found him almost childish and pouty on occasion. Nevertheless as the story progressed and he became more comfortable with himself and in his relationship with Aaron he became a firm favourite and pretty hardcore 'knight in shining armor' to be honest.
“I wish you’d stop writing people off before they have a chance to surprise you.”
Aaron absolutely broke my heart, it was painful to witness his anxiety and self doubt at times but what was amazing, was that despite his toxic upbringing, when he was in a good place, he oozed charisma and warmth. Once he became certain of himself (with the help of Walter and Giles) he lit up everything around him.
“Maybe it’s meant to be, and maybe it isn’t, but you need to try. Go in there and be fabulous, whatever the outcome.”
Even though Aaron and Giles were wonderful there were some characters who stole the show in this:
All of Salvo, that whole story line was lovely, and I really enjoyed how the Ambassadors and Salvo became so protective of each other.
Walter. Everything Walter. Walter forever!!
"I am your safe place."
And most of all Elijah. Elijah is caustic and snarky and damaged and I want to kidnap him and smother him in love, even though I'm pretty sure he would scratch my eyes out if I tried. His story not only breaks my heart it makes me absolutely livid and I could rant (and have) on the topic of his parents 'faith' but this review would be never ending and become less about the book and more about fuckwads who pick and choose the bits of 'Christianity' that suit them, so I won't do that.
From the 'I'm still praying on it' email to the constant pushing away the people trying to help him I adored Elijah. His rants and his snark never felt childish to me but necessary for his survival. I can't wait for him and Baz.
Obviously this one has all the music, AMAZING music!! And I had to do a playlist, I'm pretty sure I'm missing a few of these but I think I got like 80%:
Bend and Break - Keane
No Light - Florence and the Machine
Let's Get It Started - Black Eyed Peas
Baby One More Time - Britney Spears
Lover to Lover - Florence and the Machine
Somewhere Only We Know - Keane
Take Me Home - Phil Collins
I'm Coming After You - Owl City
Titanium - David Guetta ft Sia
Let It Go - Idina Menzel (Frozen soundtrack)