Title: Calm Like Home
Author: Kaisa Clark
Published: July 15th, 2015
Alexa Clausen has never fallen. She’s never soared. She’s lived her entire life floating midway between passion and despondency, never experiencing those extremes. But all it takes is one evening with Adam Westbrook to draw her out of her shell, to leave her feeling bold for the first time ever. He is fiery and magnetic. He is gravitational, that inescapable pull no one can avoid. After a few chance encounters, Alexa finally accepts that she can’t stay away, can’t deny the electricity she feels every time he comes around.
But as the intensity between them deepens, she also can’t avoid the subtle hints that Adam is hiding something. His wide smile and radiant eyes obscure some burning secret, some detail of his past that resurfaces to steal his joy. The farther Alexa falls, the more she realizes just how little she really knows about Adam and how far he is willing to go to cover up the truth.
Calm Like Home is a story about love and longing, growth and stagnation, discovering one’s counterpart but losing oneself, and ultimately finding that one person truly has the power to change everything.
*I was given this book in exchange for an honest review*
This book was all over the place, but in the most amazing way. The story centers on Alexa and Adam, and the emotional roller coaster that is their relationship. Calm Like Home was one of those books that you just couldn’t put down! My boyfriend can vouch for this as I wouldn’t listen to him the whole time I read. I absolutely adored Alexa! She was a very relatable character, which I think many girls will be able to connect with. The book starts with Alexa and Adam working together for the summer, the banter between the two was very entertaining. I enjoyed the fact that things started out as a friendship and thought that Clark did an amazing job of creating a realistic relationship between the two. After lots of playful flirting the two finally get together, but after Adam leaves for college they are both left with questions. Was it just a summer fling or is it something more?
I had a difficult time relating to the long-distance relationship portion of the book. As someone who had to go through long distance for a year I found the emotions that Alexa was feeling realistic (and very well written) but I felt like it was just taken too far sometimes. It frustrated me that when Alexa and Adam were together they didn’t really talk about anything with substance (although their time together was always amazingly adorable!!!). I was also very frustrated with how Alexa handled herself at times, she became a little too co-dependent on Adam in my opinion. Usually, I enjoy a story when it stays in just one point of view, however, in this case I think it would have been beneficial to have Adams perspective as well. I think it would have made for a more rounded story.
The pacing was really well done in this story, I felt like everything happened exactly when it should have. The only issue I had was the ending! It was a little too abrupt for me and I think things should have played out a little more.
Overall, Calm Like Home was a very enjoyable read. While I did have some issues with it I really enjoyed Kaisa Clark’s writing. She made you feel every emotion that Alexa was experiencing and really made me care about the relationship between Alexa and Adam!