Author: Julie Prestsater
Publication Date: February 14, 2014
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Music
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Maddy and Evan were separated from each other because of Evan’s opportunity to go on tour. He was a really talented musician, but he never thought that Maddy wouldn’t be going with him. Three years later, Evan comes back and have an open mic, singing a song for Maddy, not realising that she was also at the open mic.
It was obvious that the two of them were meant to be, but Maddy was just simply stubborn and insecure. The way Evan and Maddy’s best friends became matchmakers was really cute and awesome. It had me smiling at some point, especially when the both of them came to the point of realisation that they were both match-made. Her best friends were also amazing; they knew when to push Maddy and when not to, and it was simply obvious that they just want the best for her.
Evan was truly an admirable character, particularly when he tries really hard to fix things up. He knows when he screws up and can admit his own mistakes. He was able to learn from them, and from there, he really learned to treasure those who are very dear to him. He just does not give up in doing what he think is right because he absolutely knows what he wants. Also, the things that he’d do for Maddy were simply amazing. His song lyrics just made me swoon over him. Although he was like this, it got annoying when he just spent almost the entire half of the book thinking, “I want her back because I can’t live without her.” Yeah, I do get that from his repetitive thoughts, and it was tiring.
On the other hand, Maddy obviously loves Evan, but what the heck was she doing. She was very insecure, and that did nothing but hurt both of them. It’s really stupid. I think she’s also too proud to admit her own mistakes, and that shouldn’t be the case, because Evan was able to grow from his own mistakes. She won’t admit her mistakes, but she also won’t give chances to explain. Seriously? What the heck are you doing? She spent half of the book convincing herself she doesn’t like Evan anymore, but the other half of the book was spent kissing and making out with Evan. Ohmycrap.
There were some inconsistencies in the novel, but that’s really minor, so it doesn’t really bother me. The pacing was also bothersome, at one point, Maddy was so so so so so mad at Evan, and then a few chapters over, they’re both together again. Like, what? What happened? The two of them together was sweet and swoony, though.
Despite my lots of rants, Without You is light and easy to read, and the way music was incorporated in to the plot was beautiful. This may not have worked out for me, but other new adult, contemporary romance readers may like this. After all, it’s about learning to open up once again.