When it Rains by Lisa De Jong

I can safely say that there are four main ways that make me cry.

1. When I see someone else cry, so do I.

2. When someone I love hurts me or gets hurt.

3. When I laugh a lot, I can’t help crying.

4. Watching a film where a dog dies – such as Hachi, Marley and Me and I am Legend.

Never, and I mean never, have I ever cried whilst reading a book. I thought that I never would, but now that it has happened I felt that it deserved it’s own blog post.

These days when I want to buy a book, I scroll through lists on amazon: recommended for you, bestsellers etc and, as I have a Kindle and some amazon gift cards from Christmas, it’s a great way to pass time – that is, until I run out of money.

Once I have about five books which I think look good based on their blurb, I then read the reviews and if they are pretty good overall, I’ll read the sample. As I was looking, ‘When it Rains’ popped up with 70 reviews – all who gave it 5 stars. With £25 to spend, I thought ‘what the hell’ and bought it, ready for an easy-going, holiday read which would probably be like hundreds of others.

For about half of the book, that was all it was.

Then it got serious.

When It Rains

Blurb

One night changed my life forever.

Beau Bennett has been my best friend since I can remember. He was my first crush before everything came crashing down, and now he wants more, but it’s more than I can give him. Things are different now. I wish I could tell him why, but I can’t.

I haven’t told anyone.

I never knew how much I really needed him until the day he left for college, and I was completely alone.

Then one day, Asher Hunt rides into town with his dark, captivating eyes and cocky grin. He doesn’t care who I used to be, he’s simply breathing life into what’s left. People warn me to stay away from him, but he helps me forget the pain that has held me hostage for so long; something I thought was impossible before he walked into my life.

I’ve been hurt.

I’ve been saved.

And I’ve found hope.

I thought my story was written that night, but now I know it was only a new beginning. Until one secret turns my world upside down…

Again.

It sounds pretty rude, but I feel that I can now predict everything that will happen in your usual, teenage, lovey-dovey book. Either one of the characters in the love couple has been abused by parents, lost a parent, lost both parents, lost a different family member, been raped, been bullied etc etc. They then find someone who they fall in love with – the girl is either painfully shy and sweet and inexperienced or has walls up she thinks no one will break down and the guy is either fun loving guy-next-door, a brother’s best friend, a best friend’s brother or a mysterious guy who’s ‘dangerous’, unfairly handsome and who loves her fiercely. The couple get together, but then something happens like the girl gets pregnant, an ex comes back threatening everyone, one of them has a way too early mid-life crisis, one of them gets cold feet, they find out a family drama etc etc.

When I started ‘When it Rains’, this is exactly what I was expecting and hats off to Lisa De Jong for completely ruining my ‘no crying whilst reading a book’ streak. I won’t say what it is that ‘changed Kate’s life forever’ in the book, though you find out early on, but I can reveal that that isn’t what made me cry. No, it was about halfway through the book when Lisa De Jong went BAM TAKE THAT and I was practically sobbing until the end.

Not cool, Lisa, so not cool. HOW COULD YOU DO THAT TO ME?

What was entertaining was the look on my Mum’s face as she sat on the sofa next to me, oblivious to the fact that the world in my book-fantasy was ending. ‘What the hell is wrong with you?’ she asked and, when I told her that the book was sad, she rolled her eyes and muttered, ‘Hormones’.

Well, who knows? But I can assure you that myself and 70 other people were crying, rating this book an easy 5 stars.

So, if you fancy reading it, I can’t recommend it enough.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to curl up into a ball on the floor next to my dog whilst I contemplate my life.

~Eleanor

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