Note: Edited, updated version uploaded 10-12-15
Kennedy Conrad is everything he needs.
Graham Black has two rules in life. Play baseball, so he can get the hell out of Tennessee, and leave your shirt on when you drop your panties.
He’s a typical all-American pitcher with the world at his fingertips. His devilish good looks and charm help him crawl into the beds and hearts of the girls at his high school. With secrets no one knows, he has every intention of running away from his hometown the minute he graduates. Nothing can get in his way. Until poor choices collide him into Kennedy Conrad.
Graham Black is everything she wants.
Kennedy Conrad has her own set of rules. Dance with your whole heart, and make it through each day without being noticed.
She’s sweet and reserved, everything Graham’s not. After one fated night, she can’t stop him from noticing her anymore. She knows there’s a chance of heartache by letting him in. When the unthinkable happens to Kennedy, Graham realizes what he’s been fighting is what causes Kennedy to end up hurt.
Can their love survive one more thing that is meant to pull them apart?
“Do you think two people who have every reason in the world not to be together, can still find a way to make it work?"
Wow. I just don't know what other word I can say other than wow...in a way I have to much I need to say but I don't know how to put anything into words. I got contacted by this lovely author and I just had a feeling - I had a feeling that this was going to be my type of book. Of course all I had to read was that a hot baseball player, who also happens to be a pitcher, was going to be the love interest of the story.
Hook. Line. And sinker. I'm not even joking, I didn't read the blurb! I have a soft spot for anything baseball and rock stars. Chances are if you write about any of these two subjects, I'm going to love it. It's inevitable. So here I am just newly downloading the book on my kindle and I say to myself, "just read a few pages to feel the story." Well pages turned in to chapters... Chapters turned into me eventually finishing the book.
You know it's a good one when it's the premiere of the last Hunger Games movie, and you're contemplating staying in just to keep reading. I even wore a shirt that said 'Rather be Reading'.
“I never thought I’d love anyone. I never thought I deserved the love of someone like you, but God, Kennedy, I love you so damn much it hurts sometimes,” I confess as I wipe a single tear from Kennedy’s eye.
When I started the book, my first thoughts were that I wasn't going to like the min character...at all. Right away I could tell her insecurities about not belonging would annoy me. And if there's any kind of major downfall about the book, it's that. Kennedy is constantly putting herself down throughout the book. I hated that. Mainly because it's a quality about myself that I hate. I know many girls in the world have these types of thoughts about themselves as well.
It still didn't sit right with me though. At times it sounded as if it was a poor me type thing. But the more I read the more I realized it wasn't. I get it, but it's something I really hated.
But to me, that's the only thing I hated. As for everything else, well damn, let's just say I'm in love. Graham is a boy who hides - hides who he truly is, hides secrets that could potentially ruin his life, and hides the fact that he may not be the golden boy everyone makes him out to be. Everything changes the moment Kennedy comes into his life.
She isn't anything like he's used to; easy. Kennedy is smart, beautiful, and doesn't put up with Graham's shit. He brings out a side of her she never knew she had. The two come together after a night that will forever change them. The ultimate game changer. The more time these two hang together, the more they realize that the magnetic pull they feel towards one another, can't be ignored. Not by a long shot.
But what happens when love isn't enough?
When Our Worlds Collide is a deeply emotional novel that deals with real live issues in our world today. Rape - child abuse- assault -bullying - self doubt - briefly touches on suicide...These are all things in our world today that need speaking up about. I had no idea what I just read was going to be serous. It's not your typical YA/NA novel...it's so much more.
Overall, I'm so amazed at the emotions the author was able to evoke from me. It was just what I needed at exactly the right time. I can't wait to read more books by Iler and see what amazing stories she comes up with next!
"We’re only in high school, but I know, no matter what happens, she’s the grand finale, the final pitch, the last and final breath."
*Thank you so much to the author for providing a copy for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
About the Author:
When she's not writing (which should be all the time, so if she's not you have permission to yell at her), she's spending time with family and friends, listening to music, reading (obviously!), and hopefully just enjoying every moment in life. She has a twisted sense of humor, tends to speak honestly, and her mind tends to feel most comfortable in the gutter.
Lindsey writes new adult contemporary romance. She falls in love with every character that pops into her head. She's notorious for writing long chapters in her notes on her iPhone (It is sort embarrassing how many started/unfinished projects are on that thing). She finds inspiration from music and the people around her, so be nice to her or else she might pull a Taylor Swift and write you into her next book.