*This book was send to me by the lovely author K.K. Allen as a free Kindle in exchange for an honest review, the fact that it was sent to me will not sway my opinion in any way.*
Title: Up in the Treehouse
Author: K.K. Allen
Genre: Romance, New Adult, Contemporary
Publication Date: July 19, 2016
Pages: 412 pages
Date Read: November 6th, 2016
Ratings: 4/5 stars
Summary from Goodreads
I wanted to tell him all my secrets, but he became one of them instead.
Chloe Rivers never thought she would keep secrets from her best friend. Then again, she never imagined she would fall in love with him either. When she finally reveals her feelings, rejection shatters her, rendering her vulnerable and sending her straight into the destructive arms of the wrong guy.
Gavin Rhodes never saw the betrayal coming. It crushes him. Chloe has always been his forbidden fantasy–sweet, tempting, and beautiful. But when the opportunity finally presents itself, he makes the biggest mistake of all and denies her.
Now it’s too late . . .
Four years after a devastating tragedy, Chloe and Gavin find themselves crashing back into each other’s lives. Haunted by the past, they’re forced to come to terms with all that has transpired to find the peace they deserve. Except they can’t seem to get near each other without combatting an intense emotional connection that brings them right back to where it all started . . . their childhood treehouse.
Chloe still holds her secrets close, but this time she isn’t the only one with something to hide. Can their deep-rooted connection survive the destruction of innocence?
“We’ve surpassed the point of no return. All I wanted was to follow my heart, but somehow along the way I lost my soul”
The story is about Chloe Rivers and Gavin Rhodes who has a brother named Devon Rhodes. Chloe is the one being bullied by her former best friend Stacy but after meeting the Rhodes brothers one summer at their treehouse, she learns to stand up for herself.
Now, a tragedy happens and four years later Chloe and Gavin crash back into each others lives. Reliving all the things that happened including their treehouse catching on fire and all their secrets they thought burnt with it.
The characters are kind of normal and not really people that stand out of the crowd. But their secrets is what makes you see them. Not what happened to them but the secrets that blossomed out of almost everything they did together.
“And in life, every now and then, there are conditions that throws us off balance. We’re hit by a hailstorm or snowed in on the freeway. Life isn’t always predictable. But it’s how we survive the bad weather that defines us.”
The story will make you wonder what their secrets are. You’ll get to read parts of Chloe her journal and slowly unfold all her secrets. Usually a chapter with her journal ends on a place where the story can go anywhere, this is really what makes you want to continue reading.
But then you still have Gavin and his secrets left. When you finally think there can be a happy ending and every secret is out on the table… You realize you still have another 100 or so pages to go!
Maybe a slight warning (?) The writing can become kind of…. steamy… There is nothing wrong with that though.
“It makes me wonder what makes a person choose to have people fear them rather than like them.”
Bullying is kind of a big concept in this book. While reading it it doesn’t always seem to be there. But I think it actually is. Until Chloe comes face to face with her own bully, Stacy, in an odd way. Not something you might expect.
The concept of bullying doesn’t leave the book after this though.
My thoughts somewhere at the end of the book:
Plot twist? Not really. It will be okay… Right? Yes probably… It must end good.
I also loved that the epilogue was written from Gavin his POV. (it was so CUTE)
The last sentence is the one I don’t really understand… Why?… I’m not going to give you the last sentence because that would probably be a huge spoiler. If you’ve read the book please tell me what you think about it. And if you haven’t read it? Read it!
Overall, it is a good book that you don’t want to put down. In my opinion the book could have ended way faster but really… I like big books and I cannot lie.
One last thing. I love the cover detail where there is a heart with G+C in it. (Which doesn’t have to be a spoiler)
I usually only include one quote but I marked a lot of quotes in the book so I decided to put more in this post…
I also feel like this review was kind of messy and all over the place. But I’m not complaining about the outcome.
I’m looking forward to know more about K.K. Allen her new book that she is working on Under the Bleachers! What about you?