Top positive review
Breathtakingly beautiful story of angsty and heartbreak
Reviewed in the United States on April 30, 2021
My heart literally hurts. Oh Siobhan- what have you done to me?! Powerfully emotive, heart wrenching, and devastatingly moving- Say I’m the One is a triumphant return to Siobhan Davis’ angsty roots. No doubt this is the story of the year- and is perhaps Siobhan Davis’s best work to date.
I have been wrecked by this story- WRECKED. For the last few days, all I can do is think about this book. Rereading parts, obsessing, and yes, tearing up unexpectedly. This story has crawled so deeply inside of me, at times I worry I won’t ever breathe the same again. This is what romance is all about- truly romantic storytelling at its best. The kind of love story that forever alters your heart, a story as unforgettable as it is profound.
I can’t say much about this story- to spoil it would ruin the experience. This is a story you are meant to FEEL completely- every tear, every kiss, every aching heart beat. The Hollywood golden boy, the Irish rockstar, and the girl who finds herself somehow loving them both. This is by far the most intoxicating, soul shredding, devastatingly beautiful love triangle I’ve read. And, moment of truth- I’m not a huge fan of love triangles. But, in Siobhan Davis I trust. SO I dove in- read this into the wee hours of the morning, sobbing, swooning, melting and breaking. And weeks later I’m still obsessing, I can’t let it go. The literal worst book hangover I’ve ever had- these characters won’t unleash their grip on my heart.
While I won’t say much about the plot, I will say this: this is a tour de force display of Siobhan Davis’ unparalleled ability to write profoundly intimate and complicated character connections. This book is a masterclass in chemistry writing, a tall task considering Siobhan has to create meaningful but divergent chemistry between both of our leading men and our heroine. We have to BELIEVE that she loves both of them- in order for a triangle to truly work, we ourselves need to feel conflicted, to buy into the emotional and physical connection with both men, to find magic with each to be invested in both relationship but also see enough of a distinction to ultimately also be invested when the inevitable conclusion happens. And in that aspect- man does this book excel. I TOO love both of these men- for different reasons. I am confused, conflicted, bereft. And because Siobhan writes such a profoundly intense, vulnerable, and engrossing character in Aspen, I feel every ounce of her heart. I feel the angst of our journey down to my very MARROW.
What I love about Siobhan Davis is that she’s not scared to write stories about the harder parts of love, to lean into the parts of loving that are complicated and hard and disastrously messy. She leans into the type of love where people hurt each other, test each other, make unforgivable mistakes. How love can destroy or define an identity, how true love can be redemptive in one breath and toxic in another. How love can do more harm than good- how love HURTS. How love can be painful. She leans into the type of love where the heart can beat for more than one person, how different parts of yourself can love different people. Ultimately, Siobhan lets love be REAL...dramatic, but real- imperfect, complicated, and messy. And then she tests it- she explores just what true love can withstand. Is love enough?
My heart STILL hurts. I’m devastated and desperate. Conflicted and torn. But most of all, I feel empathy- for characters that have experienced the most beautiful aspects of loving another, and who have also experienced the most painful. I trust in the conclusion Siobhan will find a path to redemption and forgiveness, but for now all we can do is FEEL. Feel for the girl that loves two men who can’t seem to love her in the way she needs- for the girl who just wants to be someone’s ONE.
I implore you- read this story. There are not enough stars for me to give. I felt it so deeply, my eyes start watering just thinking about the ways these characters, their emotional journey touched me. Just know you’ll be drowning in longing and angst, and this story ends in a cliffhanger that left me raw. Our ending is shocking, devastating, intriguing, and unsettling- a final stab in my already pulverized heart. I’m ready for our conclusion to ease my pain, but if I know Siobhan at all, I know it’s going to hurt a lot more before we heal.