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**Spoiler Free Review**
Caly’s Piece by J.M. Miller
I think that no matter how old you are, everyone at one point or another needs to delve into a YA novel or two. In my opinion, YA authors write some of the most touching, beautiful novels out there. And while YA isn’t my favorite genre in the book world, I do enjoy reading it every now and then…and Caly’s Piece is a perfect example of why I will always give a YA book a shot.
Let me start off by saying that J.M. Miller writes very beautifully. Throughout the entire book that is one thing that stood out to me. Lines like this for example: “Because all of the effort creates beauty, something so powerful that it combines senses, all emotions, encouraging the mind and body to experience it simultaneously. Then the mind stores it all together like treasures to reopen throughout life, sometimes when you least expect it.” See, I told you. Exquisite!
Now let’s talk about the lovely and never dull, smart and witty, Caly Monroe. Caly’s just an all-out fun girl whose mouth and artistic hobby seem to be getting her in more trouble than she imagined. This time, it’s trouble with the guys in uniform with pretty light bars on top of their cars. Even though her mother doesn’t agree with her graffiti hobby, no one can deny that the girl is talented. But even with all that talent, what mother can let her daughter get away with painting a ‘borderline indecent’ image onto the side of her bakery? “Eat my muffin.” Enough said!
Caly is sent to spend the summer at the beach with her grandfather. A place she spent many summers as a child. A place where she made friends, and a place that, even at an age where adults would call it cute or sweet…a place she learned about love.
Caly soon finds out that a lot has changed in the five years that have passed since she has been to the beach. Buildings, the boardwalk, the adults, friends, and even the one person she was closest to all those summers. The person that has a nice scar on his eyebrow as a result of him kissing her when they were nine…Aden. Everything has changed and she is feeling even more alone in the one place that had always provided her with solace.
Now I am not one to write reviews with spoilers so let me just cut to the chase here. While I LOVE a good love story, this went beyond that for me. You definitely get your love story here but you get SO much more! And that was what left me with smile on my face upon finishing this book. This is an amazing story about growing up, dealing with those pain in the ass curveballs that life throws at you, and making the best of what hand you are dealt. A story about family, love, hurt, friendship and life in general. It is a beautiful story that is written equally as beautiful. You will want to give this one a shot. I’m glad I did!!