When It Rains

When It Rains - Lisa De Jong
"When it rains, Kate. Remember me."

3.5 stars

-There may be some spoilers-

I'm having a really hard time deciding on how to rate this book. There were many times when I felt so close to the main character, Kate. Other times I was so pissed with the author, and not in a good/attached way.

I'm going to start out with the things I did NOT like about this book, things that are making the rating really hard.

Before I start to list out the no's, it's important that I clear out my point of view. I love reading, I love love stories and I don't have a big problem with weak main heroines, that generally have had a really bad lifetime experience. But I get really annoyed when every new adult that I open up has that main theme.

I don't want to be judgmental, that's not my intention because at the end I enjoyed this book... And it also made me shed a couple of tears.

Like I said I don't have a problem with abuse. They are indeed the main background in which many female heroines of new adult are immersed. But if you take the abuse and add up a dying character I can't help but getting pissed. I've said this sooooooo many times, that it probably sounds annoying... I know bad things happen. I mean real bad things... Things that you'd give anything to erase from your mind, your soul and your heart. That said I think many readers have felt at least once pissed after reading another love story with an abuse and a death... and all those expedients that sell a lot.

I just wanted to relax. I wanted a fast-paced book.

... But I found myself reading a heartbreaking book. With another abuse and another person dying. Death cause? Cancer.

I think I must start searching books Cancer free, or maybe this is not the right time. I want books that make me smile, laugh, think, dream, love and also cry. But not think of all the bad sh...t out there. I live near the center of Naples, I live in the heart of a place called "La terra dei fuochi". In the last 20 years cancer death's have risen to 200%. When I read it I was asking myself what that meant. 200%??? I mean is there a number after 100%???

I've seen a lot of people leave this world thanks to that evil... so that's probably the main reason why the cancer expedient pisses me off.

When I figured out what was going on I sighed. Couldn't help it. And I couldn't stop myself from crying. I got mad at this author because she used this expedient and crushed my heart.

But at the end I can't say that I didn't like this book. This book is about hope and never letting go. This book is about life. A real life anthem. This book is about taking all the bad memories and transforming them in good memories. Bad memories never go away. This book is about cherishing the people we love, the moments we live.

There were parts where I could really understand Kate, others where I just wanted to shake her. I firmly believe that there are some things that we aren't capable of handling alone. We must never be ashamed of asking for help. Asking for help is the most honorable thing to do... to keep living, to keep smiling.

Well I guess I kind of put down the bad points and the good ones not even pointing them out. So I guess the best rating is still 3.5 stars. I really liked the love part, the ending... even tough it hurt. There are so many things that I loved and hated so I'm just going to stop.

"How do you remember everything?"
"I don't ... I just remember everything about you"

"I want to know what it is that made you cry, but more than that, I want to know what I have to do to make you happy"