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It was with great trepidation that I read this book and I truly took my sweet time getting around to it. As the follow up to Findng Laila, which I loved, I was worried about how things would turn out for this group of friends I had become invested in.
I knew I would be wrecked as the book addressed a serious loss and how each of the friends dealt with it. What I didn't expect was the polarizing ways each person viewed their experience and how hard it was for them to initially understand each other's behaviors.
The growth each character showed and how they were not only able to gain empathy for each other but also newly affected characters helped me cope with the devastating event and how quickly things can change.
I recommend reading Finding Laila first to get the full understanding of the relationships of the characters. If I had one suggestion for this book, it would have been to have the characters be a couple of years older and land in a less conspicuous city. Those were the things that I struggled with as a reader. Otherwise, this was solidly written with great character development and a climactic plot twist I didn't see coming.
While I really loved this book and thought it was a five star read all the way through it. I really needed more at the end. It almost felt like a cliffhanger though it wasn’t. I love these characters. I feel like I’m in their barmy!
I loved Cole and the man he’s becoming. He isn’t a high schooler anymore. He’s trying to make it in the real world! He needs to find himself. But what happens when a big part of you is no longer around? Can Cole and the others overcome a tragic event?
I really LOVED Finding Laila and I think everyone should read that book! It is a MUST read before this book. While Finding Laila was YA and I let me twelve year old read it I don’t know if I want my twelve year old reading this one.
Reviewed in the United States on November 10, 2018
Forgiving Cole is book 2 of Finding Laila and is recommended to read in order.
This book was such a beautiful and devastating read. Friendships are put to the test with arguments, heartache, and death. Dealing with loss but also learning to come out and accept what they cannot change. Forgiving Cole is is such a heartfelt story and you can’t help but recommend it to all your friends. Author TK Rapp’s writing is real life, heart felt and truthfulness. Definitely a must read!