Title: All It Takes
Author: Sadie Munroe
Release Date: 30 June, 2015
Rating: 3.5 - 4 stars
Nineteen-year-old Star Collins never intended to return to her hometown, Avenue. That part of her life ended when she was nine years old, and child services took her away from her hoarder mother. Her mother chose her stuff over her daughter. That part of her life was supposed to be in the past.
But her mother has just passed away and Star finds herself giving up her summer to quietly clean out her old home. She just wants to sell it and move on with her life. However, things aren't going the way she planned. With her dyed-black hair and tattoos, she's attracting almost as much attention from the small town residents as Ash Winthrope, the guy who was just released from prison.
All Ash wants is a chance to start over. He screwed up and he knows it, he's going to have to live with the guilt for the rest of his life. But he's stuck in Avenue until his parole ends, and no one, not even his own parents, wants anything to do with him. Nearly out of money and completely out of options, Ash takes the only job he can, helping Star haul stuff out of her mother's house.
Neither of them expects anything to happen between them, or for their lives to change. But sometimes meeting the right person is all it takes.
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The story follows Star, a nineteen year old college student, who inherited her mother’s house after she passed away. After years of living in foster care and not seeing her biological parent, Star goes to the town she was born it to deal with the house. To her surprise the house is in worse shape than she thought was possible. Before seeing it, Star knew about her mother’s hoarding problem but she didn’t realize the size of it… The size suggesting her mother could have her own episode of The Hoarders: Buried Alive. She has only summer to clean it up and sell it, before going back to college, and she desperately needs help.
That’s why Star decides to offer a job to Ash – the guy everyone in town seems to hate, because of the mistake he made five years ago, that send him to prison.
All It Takes is very intriguing story. It is different and unique in its own way, however it also reminds me of something Jessica Sorensen could write. Star and Ash are both complex and realistic characters, which is the main reason why Sadie Munroe’s debut novel is good. You cannot help but fall in love with them and root for them. The story develops slowly, but in engaging way, so it’s hard to be bored. I liked how this book was not only a romance but also dealt with forgiveness, acceptance and other important issues.
My only concern was the ending. It left me unsatisfied. Some of the questions were left unanswered.
Overall, I can without a doubt recommend this New Adult novel. It’s sweet and charming.
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