Title: Calm Like Home
Author: Kaisa Clark
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Date Read: May 16-20, 2016
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.
Reading Calm Like Home was a good break from all those fantasy and dystopian novels I’ve been reading for a long while. Nothing beats the summer heat better than falling in love during summer break, and that is exactly what Calm Like Home was about. Falling in love during the hottest time of the year.
Although a little slow paced, I enjoyed reading this book. It doesn’t have that love triangles and best friend dramas which is the common trend with contemporary books. This one was purely about the main character and her feelings toward the person she thought she had always known. The main character, Alexa, tries to get to know more about Adam’s family and past, as well as struggling on how to let him know how she truly feels.
These two main characters are the image of teenage couples’ innocence when it comes to relationships. Young couples that are guarding their relationship like it’s a fragile thing, and maybe it was for Alexa and Adam.
Another thing I liked about Calm Like Home is how friendships were portrayed in the story.
What I was slightly disappointed about it was that the ending was a little subtle. I didn’t feel much impact in the end, and I wish the story didn’t mainly focus with the two characters. Yes, it was good that there wasn’t any much drama asides for the two main characters, but I wish there was more to the supporting characters, and they’re not just there so that the main character wouldn’t be alone.
But all in all, I liked Calm Like Home and it was still worth the while to read. It is definitely recommended to everyone who wants to take a little time off from fantasy novels.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from Book Buddy Author Services in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event.
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