Paperback: 316 pages
Published: October 4th 2012
Series: The Secret #1
Challenge: 2013 GR Challenge
Ella and Micha have been best friends since they were kids. But one tragic night shatters their friendship and their lives forever.
Ella used to be a rule-breaker with fiery attitude who wore her heart on her sleeve. But she left everything behind when she went to college and transformed into someone that follows the rules, keeps everything together, and hides all her problems. But now it's summer break and she has nowhere else to go but home.
Ella fears everything she worked so hard to bury might resurface, especially with Micha living right next door. If Micha tries to tempt the old her back, she knows that it will be hard to resist.
Micha is sexy, smart, confident, and can get under Ella’s skin like no one else can. He knows everything about her, including her darkest secrets. And he’s determined to bring his best friend, and the girl he loves back, no matter what it takes.
Ella and Micha have always been best friends. But one night changed everything and she left. Leaving Micha spending 8 months looking for the girl that broke his heart.
Ella couldn't take it anymore. The painful memories of her mother, the father that was killing his self one drink at a time, and the thought that it was all her fault. She wanted something new, so she left without saying goodbye to anyone. Leave it all behind. Leaving Micha.
But Ella must go back home. It's summer break so Ella and Lila (her room mate) travel to Ella's. The new Ella is ready to take it all on. She thinks she can handle it now, or so she hopes. But when she sees Micha again she's not so sure. Micha does not like the newly refined Ella. He missed his kick ass girl, and just wants her back. He will do whatever he has to do to bring out the locked up Ella that he loved.
I thought that this was a great heart wrenching story about 2 broken to pieces characters that just didn't know how to deal with the pain. For Ella the pain of her mother, and the fact that she feels everyone thinks it was her fault. The fact that Ella thinks it was as well. She has so much guilt and pain in her heart, and it completely broke mine. For Micha, all the things dealing with his father, and the fact that he loves whole heartily the girl with the broken soul. I love how Micha and Ella were when they were together. When they talked. It was like even though Ella was trying so hard to be this new girl, that Micha knew exactly what to do to bring her back. He knew how to make her feel alive. Even though Micha had things he was dealing with when it came to Ella to loved her. Truly, and he was always trying to do whatever he could to help her. He was the bad boy with a good heart. Ella was just scared. Scared to live that life, scared to love. She wanted so much to not end up like her mother that it kept her afraid to give in to really anything.
I thought the story played out beautifully. The characters were weak at times but strong in the end. When Ella comes to grips with her self, her life, and how she really feels about the boy next door it is amazing. I was glad to see her finally open up. Deal with the pain she felt and let it go.
The side characters in the story were great as well. I really liked Lila. She was truly the pretty girl who you would think would freak out at Ella's life, but she didn't she took everything in and in the end showed Ella that she could relate in some way to her pain. Although different, she had her own problems. Ethan was great as well, he was funny and I liked seeing him and Lila get closer on the side lines.
Overall this was a fast read that left me wanting more of Ella & Micha.