One person has the power to change everything.
“Love has the power to draw you out, to break you down. It burrows deep inside, past all the ugly insecurities, past all the bright intentions of the soul, nesting, festering. Love annihilates fears and self-doubt just as easily as it feeds on them, breathes new light into them. Love can open your eyes and blind you heart. It can force you to feel more than you ever thought possible, sending you soaring, floating, to carefree highs.”
My Rating : *3.5 Stars*
Calm Like Home, okay before I start I want to tell you that I read this book in just one sitting. Why? Because it was short(I thought) and quiet engrossing that I was not able to put it down.
Again a romance novel but I liked the story because I could relate to it, something that I experienced last year. I found it very enjoyable.
Characters: Alexa is a math student, she loves math and is someone who is not good with words. I really adored the character of Alexa.
Adam is a med student and he have this shiny personality, the one which makes everyone like him. But he also have this secretive, and unexpected side which Alexa have no idea about.
Plot: This book follows a timeline, and the relationship between Alexa and Adam take different roads and different turns with changing seasons(that was good idea) along the way.
It starts with Spring, where a friendship between Alexa and Adam grows deeper. This part of the book was sweet and fun, all sunny, bright and mellow.
Then came Summer, Summer Romance which was cute and intense. I really loved this part(I love summer romance even though I hate summers).
But with their budding romance they only had 31 days of togetherness!
With the end of summer and the start of long distance thing, things changed, they had this undefined relationship(I don’t know if it’s called a relationship or not). What I didn’t like is the lack of communication and a mature talk.
I felt it difficult to go through the long-distance relationship portion since I found what Alexa was feeling very relatable, but she was on a very different level. She turned into a non-functional human being that was nauseating, that I never went through.
Then came Winter, the time when their relationship blew. She turned into a total wreck. But I really liked the writing, and the emotions that writer poured into this book.
However as John Keats wrote these lines in his poem Ode to Autumn:
“Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they?
Think not of them, theu hast thy music too,-
While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day,
And touch the stubble-plains with rosy hue;”
This starts with the lament of the poet due to the absence of the song of spring but soon the regret is over. The setting sun with its rosy hue indicates the end of the day and also the end of the season. So, optimism over powers the apparent gloom and these lines breeds with spirit of hope and renewal of life, that if winter comes can spring be far behind!
This story is about love and second chances… and with the end of winter they do get back together.
Only thing that I didn’t like is that this book is missing a bigger picture, I wanted to know what was Adam thinking all along, I wanted to know how he felt.
I liked the friendship between Annabelle and Alexa, her best friend was very supportive…
When Adam’s secrete was reveled, that was unexpected but when I read it I totally related it with Catcher in the Rye character Holden, Subtle.
Indeed one person has power to change everything!
Will I recommend Calm Like Home? Yes!
I liked this book and looking forward to reading more from Kaisa Clark.