Monday, June 12, 2017

The Whys Have It by Amy Matayo {Review}

The Whys Have It by Amy Matayo
Expected publication: June 20th 2017 by SYG Productions
"His music holds the heart of America...but his soul holds a terrible secret."

Chart topping pop musician Cory Minor has it all—fame, money, more women at his disposal than time to spend on them. He’s living the life most American men only dream of. Until an ordinary concert in Springfield threatens to destroy everything he’s worked for. 

As he and his band leave the arena for his next show, Cory’s tour bus crashes into two teenage girls, killing one girl instantly and leaving the other barely clinging to life. Lawsuits are threatened, tabloids are talking, and Cory’s idyllic world falls apart. But what no one knows is that this scene is all too familiar. Because this isn’t the first accident Cory has caused. This isn’t the first time he’s destroyed someone else’s life to save his own.
It’s just the first time he’s had to face it head on. 

Small town girl Samantha Dalton has no one—no mother, no father, and now no sister. She’s lost everything in a world that celebrates excess. So when Cory Minor shows up at her doorstep offering money and apologies, she turns him away too. You can’t lose what you don’t have, and she can’t take another letdown, especially not from someone who has managed to rip away all she had left. Samantha has been fine on her own for years, she’ll be fine now too. 

At least that’s what she tells herself. 

But Cory won’t leave. He’s persistent in the worst possible way. 

Will Cory’s determination to make things right pay off in the end, or will Sam keep pushing him away until there’s nothing left to fight for? How can two people learn to rely on each other when life keeps hurting them both?  

My Review: 5 Stars

I know I'm weird, haha. I don't cry easily, especially in books, but this story ripped my heart out and stomped on it, before gradually restoring it. My emotions were all over the place....and I loved every single minute of this hauntingly beautiful book. 

There's something about a music star befriending a small town girl, but that's just what happens and in a most unconventional way. The story is told from two points of view--Cory's and Sam's--and it's done in a way that isn't confusing at all. In fact, I felt a very deep connection to both characters by digging deep into their issues, their lives, their feelings, and their reasons why. 

This author has a fantastic way of writing--an absolutely phenomenal skill using words to spin a web around a reader's heart and soul that isn't easy to break away from...not that I really wanted to. The words are practically poetry that speaks on deep levels and I just couldn't stop reading.

It seems that summertime is the perfect time for a heart wrenching novel and I daresay, this is the novel of Summer 2017. Break out that box of tissues and buckle in for laughs, tears, love, and forgiveness.

Content: mild romance (some innuendo, implied hookups, vague abuse/rape); mild violence (death, abuse); mild language.

*I was provided a copy of this book by the author. All opinions in this review are my own.*


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About the Author:

Amy Matayo 
Amy Matayo is an award winning author of The Wedding Game, Love Gone Wild, Sway, In Tune With Love, A Painted Summer, and The End of the World. She graduated with barely passing grades from John Brown University with a degree in Journalism. But don't feel sorry for her--she's super proud of that degree and all the ways she hasn't put it to good use.

She laughs often, cries easily, feels deeply, and loves hard. She lives in Arkansas with her husband and four kids and is working on her next novel.

Twitter: @amymatayo

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