*ARC was provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
Sometimes the only thing standing between fear and hope is you.
Almost a year ago, nineteen-year-old Cassie Harlen had a lot to deal with. A stack of college acceptance letters waiting for answers, a proposal from the boy next door, and a mother whose most recent bipolar episode left Cassie hurt and confused. Tired of cleaning up the messes caused by her mother’s disorder, of resenting her mother for not being there, and scared of being trapped by an inevitable future—which included marrying Graham Tucker—Cassie did the only thing she could think of to keep from ending up like her mother: she left.
Graham never knew why Cassie walked away. He woke up one morning and she was gone—along with the life that he’d created around her. After eleven months, Graham has a new plan for his future. One that doesn’t involve Cassie Harlen.
When Cassie’s mom nearly burns down her house, Cassie’s forced to return home. Back to a mother she’s tried to ignore and the guy she’s been unable to forget. Graham doesn’t know how he’s going to spend the whole summer living next door to the person who broke his heart without letting those old feelings push through to the surface.
Neither does Cassie.
This book was a quick read for me. I was drawn in right from the beginning, and never found myself skimming! Days Like This is an entertaining love story about second chances. The relationship between Cassie and Graham was adorable! Cassie is complicated, stubborn and learning to deal with her emotions; while Graham is both caring and forgiving. I loved that Ellison used double perspective so we knew what both Cassie and Graham were feeling.
Ellison created a story that flows so nicely, it makes the read both entertaining and effortless. I think this story showed a good depiction of a family learning about and dealing with mental illness. I definitely felt myself wanting more at the end! I feel like the Cassie and Graham story isn’t finished yet!