In this 2nd installment of Ethan And Wyatt, we're picking up right about where the first book left off.
Except, the entire book is told from Wyatt's POV, and thus his glass-half-empty, this-can't-last-anyway attitude permeates the book.
And thus the tone of the book is much more pessimistic than the first one. Wyatt spends most of the book not really seeing what Ethan is offering him, and certainly not giving Ethan enough credit or believing that what they have can last. Of course, Wyatt's experiences and the shitty life he's led so far do not lend themselves to being eternally hopeful and positive like Ethan, but I got the impression that Wyatt didn't even try.
Not when Ethan shows him every damn day they're together that he's all in, not when Ethan does that special thing and uses his own money to do that special thing for Wyatt, not when Ethan tries so very hard to make Wyatt happy - Wyatt just can't see what's in front of him and he expects it all to crash and burn.
If you go through life expecting the worst, you might just get what you expect. Unless you pull your head out of your, ahem, behind, and start listening to what your boyfriend tells you and maybe, just maybe trust that he means what he says.
This book was obviously darker than the first one, very much so, and that's primarily due to spending the whole time in Wyatt's head. His pessimism is exhausting, to be honest. I wanted to holler at him to just. For. Once. Believe!!
While we do get a promising HFN at the end, mostly due to Ethan's eternal hopefulness and willingness to do whatever it takes, I do hope that the third book, announced at the very end, will show us Wyatt in a better place, a more hopeful place, where he believes that whatever crappy hand he's been dealt isn't the final word on things. That his past doesn't have to define him, and that it's okay to have hope. To live fully, to strive for better, instead of expecting the worst all the time.
I'm not happy with Ethan's mom in this book, for how she acted, and I hope that she will take the time to actually talk to Wyatt, and not let her opinion of him be defined by what she heard from others, who don't have the inclination to portray him in a positive light. I would also think that she ought to trust her own son enough to make the right choices, when he hasn't given her any kind of reason not to.
Ethan makes mistakes, sure. He did in the first book, and he makes some here too, but his mistakes are because he's young and doesn't know the best way to approach subjects yet, and even when he makes a mistake, he's quick to admit it. Everything he does is with Wyatt in mind, and it hurt my heart when Wyatt would question his loyalty, even if it was only in his mind. He's also willing to lay his heart on the line, and tell Wyatt how he feels.
I liked Wyatt's uncle and his girlfriend - I hope they'll feature in the third book as well, because I think that Wyatt needs family who stands by him, so he can learn that some people can be trusted, and that his Waardenburg is just a part of him, and not the whole. Nor should he let it define him.
Looking forward to the next one. 2017?? Gah, that's a long way off.
** I received a free copy of this book from its publisher via Netgalley. A positive review was not promised in return. **