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Title: The Truth About Tomorrow
Author: B. Celeste
Genre: Taboo Forbidden Romance/Age Gap
Release Date: August 2, 2019
Age is just a number.
Just like he's just a boy and I'm just a girl.
Except that's not true, is it?
Because fifteen may be a number, but it's bigger than that. Bigger than us.
It's a number that separates us.
An excuse that keeps us apart.
But I'm not willing to give in until I get what I want.
After all, how many other girls can bring a grown man to his knees with one little smile?
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“Show me how to play,” I say.
Her body leans back as her brows pinch with a dubious stare. “You want me to teach you how to play piano?”
I nod. “The song you played. I like it.”
She blinks, brushing her fingers through her hair. “It’s about learning to love people’s faults and pain for what they are. Beautiful.”
My head cocks. “Why is that?”
She wets her bottom lip. “I guess when you love someone, you don’t get to choose which parts. You’re getting every single piece of their being, scarred or not.”
Her eyes trail to her hand, scarred with white and pink marks. My fingers graze over each one, causing her to suck in a breath and freeze as I caress the marred flesh. They’re rougher than the rest of her hand, but part of her nonetheless.
Meeting her eyes, we stay like that for a few long moments. Neither of us says a thing or moves an inch. We just remain touching, staring, being there in one another’s company.
Then I pull away. “What are the keys I need to learn for the song?”
She exhales then shows me the basics.
It’s a silent admission between us.
Your scars are beautiful, Charlie.
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B. Celeste is the alter ego of Barbara C. Doyle.
Her obsession with forbidden romance enabled her to pave a path into a new world of love, sex, sin, and angst.
Her debut novel is The Truth about Heartbreak.
When I first started, The Truth About Tomorrow, I really thought I had an amazing book in front of me. At first, I really enjoyed reading it, and I was so excited to see where the story would take me. Charlie intrigued me instantly, and all I wanted to do was devour the book, just so I could learn more about her.
Unfortunately, the more I read, the more I started to realize how much I didn't like Charlie. In the beginning, you're made to think of Charlie as an old soul. A person who has been through a lot in her young life, but is mature and knows from right and wrong. I did not have a problem with the taboo subject with this book. I didn't care about the age difference. My main problem with this book is how Charlie cares nothing about her actions or how damaging they could be. I really had a hard time liking her after what she did. Trust me. It was all on her honestly. I didn't like what she turned into, because I was rooting for her most of the time. I could look past a lot in this book, but Charlie changed too much for me to relate to. Yes, she got better, and that is wonderful, but the girl who I met in the beginning no longer existed. She turned into a character I found myself rolling my eyes at, because even after everything she went through, and all she put Oliver through, she never actually "grew up" to me. I get throughout most of this book she is sixteen. Maybe that was the problem. I think if she was a little older, I might have a different opinion.
Then there is Oliver. I had no idea who he even was to Charlie until I got to his POV. I would recommend reading The Truth About Heartbreak first, because I wish I had. This story isn't exactly written like a standalone, because I have questions that I'm sure I would've learned from reading the first book. Anyway, Oliver was a very unlikable character. He just really aggravated me to no end. I think most of the things he did felt forced. I didn't start liking Oliver until about eighty percent into the book. I really liked him in the epilogue, but I didn't understand half of what he did. His actions painted a totally different version than what he said, and I'm a firm believer actions are better than words. I also feel as if Oliver let too many people control him in this book. It's mentioned several times how unhappy he is, but he does nothing about it. It's not until a huge blow up happens that he finally decides to do something for himself.
I really hate I didn't love this book. I wanted to so bad, because I love taboo romances. A lot of taboo tropes don't bother me, since I'm so open minded. However, I feel like Charlie was the main reason I'm disappointed with this one. I wish things had went a little differently, but then again, the story is written the way the author wanted it to be. I will try more books by this author. Her writing style is unlike anything I've seen or read before, so that was a nice change. I'm willing to give this author another chance because I was interested enough to see it through.