About the Book
In the span of seven days, Annabel Lee will lose her heart.
Kennedy Harrison, as reckless with life as Annabel is obsessed with order, never could commit to anything—not to a person, not to a job, not to a path. But he’s got a history with Annabel, and for once Kennedy doesn’t want to run. Determined to spend time with her before she leaves for college, Kennedy dares her to join him on a road trip to a music festival.
And neither of them could ever say no to a dare.
But Annabel’s got a plan. She’ll complete seven dares in seven days—if Kennedy applies for one writing internship per dare. Because Kennedy needs to be pushed just as much as she does.
What follows is a dizzying week of music, shady hotels, comical dares, and a passion neither one knew existed. But when it ends, Annabel and Kennedy will realize the biggest dare of all might just be falling for each other.
Seven Ways to Lose Your Heart by Tiffany Truitt, her debut in the new adult category, is definitely one that I dare you to read in one sitting. I’m always super critical of authors with books that transition genres, not that you are bound to one but it’s always interesting if the leap meets the expectations. Well, considering this is my first book reading from her, not only do I think her book was fantabulous, I see great things for in this category as well as a lot of back reading for me.
Seven Ways, introduces us to Annabel and Kennedy. Once great friends, tragedy strikes leaving space and time, separating their unbreakable bond. Just like in life, it wasn’t the right time, a chance encounter fused with fate brings them back to potentially healing old wounds. In the spirit of something they once commonly shared, the loves of dares, leads them on a road trip that dares them to leap, love, dream and forgive.
Let's just start this off by saying I loved the book. She had me at the first chapter. There was something special about the quality of her writing and storytelling that is for me is reminiscent of some of my favorites like Matthew Quick, J.A. Redmerski and Colleen Hoover, who gives us characters to love and feel and take their journey with them. She makes you fall in love with the characters and their story. I loved the dynamics of their relationships and their personalities complemented through their dual povs. It really gave depth to their back story as well at the one being told.
Some of my favorite parts of the book were the familial connection between Annabel and her grandmother. There is something special about that kind of relationship between a grandparent and a grandchild where wisdom and life experience are always so inspiring. In conjunction with her past and her current situation, the influence of that relationship on her own personal decisions really resonated with me. I love the transition of people who grow up together, lose touch and can reconnect as if life never parted. To an extent this happens but there is much more to this that you will read but it just makes you feel good because it fulfills that cliché if things are meant to be, they will. The whole concept of the dare aspect of the book was so much fun. As you get to know them, such a big part of their past and current, it brings out the adventurous side of you that allows you to ride along with them.
Overall, this was a good read. I would love for this book to be revisited because I’d love to see what happened to them because I feel like there is so much more to them that we could explore. I thought the book wrapped up nicely. Wonderful characters, great writing and a story that will woo you and be fun at the same time. I’d definitely recommend adding to you summer TBR!