Reagan Landry is months away from college graduation, but instead of excitement, she’s frozen by the fear of letting go — of her ex-boyfriend, of the comfortable life she created for herself in Portland, of the years-long search for her older sister who abandoned her as a homeless teen. When she’s finally forced to decide what’s next, Reagan is met with another complication — her ex’s best friend, Noah Burke, who seems determined that she embraces what could be instead of what has been.
Drunkenly hooking up with his best friend’s ex, Reagan, is a mistake, but being secretly in love with her is so much worse when things seem one-sided. A disenchanted frat boy about to fail out of college, Noah has been living out someone else’s dream after a horrible accident five years earlier. Just when he thinks he’s lost any chance he has with Reagan, she surprises him by agreeing to spend the summer together at his family’s ranch in Montana.
And suddenly what started out as a complication between them becomes serious…until the past starts ripping apart their future.
So in order to properly organize my thoughts- and utter adoration for everything about this novel, I am going to list the top 8 things I loved about ANYTHING MORE THAN NOW (in nor particular order). Are you ready?! Well you better be, because here it comes!
1) The prologue. Looking back on the prologue after having finished AMTN I love it, and appreciate so much more, because it gives you a glimpse into the beginning of Noah and Reagan (at least I think so). Also, just look at that beginning paragraph: “She was nothing, then everything. That’s how the minutes collapsed to shape my world.” This brings us to number 2…
2) The writing. Rebecca Paula has definitely blown me away with the writing and plot of this novel. Her writing created an unhealthy obsession within me for these characters, their lives, and their story. I could not put it down.
3) REAGAN!! Reagan is probably one of my favorite characters…ever. If you’ve read Between Everything and Us (which I hope you have) then you know that Reagan has an incredibly rough or “bitchy” exterior, but this isn’t without reason. In AMTN, we discover why Reagan is the way she is and- wow. Her story is gritty and the farthest thing from perfect but I loved her just the same. She doesn’t hold anything back from start and she knows exactly what she wants. Reagan and I also happen to share the same dream occupation (publishing) and city (NYC) so that obviously made my already huge girl-crush grow.
4) Hello angst and chemistry… you are not lacking in this book. Need I say more??
5) Self-discovery. Noah and Reagan are both struggling with their own personal demons. They both have sordid pasts and throughout the novel they both grow so much and that is something that I always enjoy reading about.
6) Noah Burke. He’s got tattoo’s, piercings, a mysterious past and a seemingly shitty attitude that screams trouble, but he’s also a good friend and son, a writer, a reader, and someone who cares and loves fiercely. AKA, you will want to read this book and fall in love with him.
7) Rebecca Paula actually managed to make me cry. FYI, this is not an easy feat.
8) Noah + Reagan = the perfect, kind-of dysfunctional, that has an insane level of chemistry and witty, verbal-sparring matches.
So basically, AMTN is a must read!
Get your copy ASAP, people!