5 stars · New Adult

True Love Way by Mary Elizabeth

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Mary Elizabeth
Fiction, New Adult
April 14th 2015

Some days are brighter than others, but Penelope Finnel has been taught she can be invisible behind the colored lenses of her heart-shaped sunglasses.

Her mind is her worst enemy, and simply waking up in the morning is risky. For a kid like her, staying in bed is easier, especially when the day has come to start school in a new town with new kids who don’t understand that the clouds are not the only reason everything is so gloomy.

Dillon Decker is a typical boy from a typical small town who radiates light and happiness. Under the hovering glare from her father, Dillon leads Penelope around on his bicycle’s handlebars, hoping he is the cure to her madness.

But when friend turns to lover, and lover turns to caretaker, how much can either of them tolerate before they’re swallowed whole?

A story about moving trucks and rollerblades, candy for smiles, and notes across lawns.

First loves and the struggle to keep it sane.

The true love way.

ARIANNA’s Review

4.5 Stars

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This is my first book by this author and definitely it won’t be my last. A very touching story “True Love Way” is a book about finding your soulmate, finding ‘the one’, about true unconditional love. So…what is true love? How do you know what you feel is true love? How you recognize the signs of true love? Penelope and Dillon have been fortunate enough to find it, to find it when they were just kids.

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Dillon and Penelope met when they were 12 years old. Since the moment Dillon laid eyes on his new neighbor he knew she’s different from any other girl he met. He likes her and he likes to spend his free time with her, even if his friends tease him about it.

Penelope is different from other girls and she knows it. She suffers from manic depression and bipolar affective disorder, a genetic mental illness. There’s no cure for this illness and from time to time sadness paralyzes her. She feels like everything hurts, having also anxiety attacks. The only thing that helps her deal with her condition are her colorful sunglasses who helps her ‘being invisible’. All she wants to have friends and to be normal. At first Dillon doesn’t know what‘s wrong with Penelope, but he knows that he wants to help her, that he wants to be there for her, to gave her a little comfort.
As time passes, Penelope and Dillon become best friends and Dillon finds out more about Penelope’s mental disorder, realizing how serious this illness is. Over the years their friendship becomes more and they find out how perfect they are for each other.

“Why do you like kissing me?”
“Because you’re my favorite.”

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“Big brown eyes look up at me, and Pen circles her arms around my neck. With dirty lips beside my ear, she whispers, You make me so happy.”

As they get older, Penelope’s illness is more difficult to control, but Dillon is always there for her to help her, to give her strength.

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Despite the subject matter, “True Love Way” is a heartwarming, touching, sweet story that put a big smile on my face numerous times. First and foremost I have to say I really enjoyed the writing. It’s simplistic, yet evocative and in my opinion prefect for an YA novel and for this book.

What I loved the most about this book is the male main character, Dillon. He was simply amazing. I loved him to pieces!

“She was born for me to love.”

His love for Penelope was absolutely wonderful and moving and I felt it with all my being. He loves hard, fierce and forever. He’s sweet, caring, compassionate, attentive. He’s everything Penelope needs. The way he sacrifices himself over the years warmed and broke my heart at the same time.

“She’s all there is and everything I need.”

He skips school, he stays up with her when he can’t sleep and he’s ready to do anything for the girl he loves so much. He hurts for her and he just wants to make her smile and to take away her pain. I loved him for the fact he accepts Penelope just the way she is and for the fact he accepts her illness.

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I truly admired his strength and dedication and I loved his love for Penelope.

The author did a really great job portraying Penelope’s illness. My heart ached for her and it was really heartbreaking to read about her mental disorder. Needless to say, to ‘see’ how powerless she is, was hard. I’m so glad she has this wonderful boy who is ready to do anything for her. She is truly blessed to have him in her life and she is aware of that.

Penelope and Dillon are made for each other and I really felt it. They have insecurities, they make mistakes and they felt real to me. Their tenderness was beautiful and their love pure and genuine. I loved all their interactions as kids and as teenagers and I enjoyed all their moments with their families and friends.

To say that I loved the epilogues it would be an understatement. They are sweet, magical and just perfect. The side characters are endearing as well, especially Penelope’s father.

Overall, a wonderful read!

“He’s so handsome. So strong. So entirely forever.”

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