Title: The Girl and Her Ren
Author: Pepper Winters
Series: The Ribbon Duet #2
Publication: June 5th 2018
Genre: Coming of Age Romance
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“What do you do when you write down all your secrets? No…that’s not enough. What do you do when you write down all your secrets and the one person who should never read them does?
I’ll tell you what you do.
Ren didn’t know the meaning of love until he took Della for his own.
To begin with he hated her, but as the months bled into years, he learned the opposite of hate, dedicating his life to giving her everything.
Every sacrifice, every gift, he gave wholeheartedly.
But then love turned to lust and ruined everything.
I was stupid to write my secrets down, but I’d been stupid before so it was nothing new.
I couldn’t blame him, hate him, fix him.
I tried to move on without him.
But no matter what I did, I couldn’t seem to delete the secrets I’d written.
Until something happened.
Until he came back and read my stupid secrets.
And nothing was the same after that.
My emotions are all over the place right now after reading and finishing The Girl and Her Ren. I definitely loved it more than the first book, The Boy and His Ribbon. If you have read that book and loved it, the second book will absolutely transcend it all. It was so much more of all the feels. But oh it was sad. So very sad. I still can’t quite believe everything I read and the turn the story took. On the one hand I can’t exactly say I’m happy with it but on the other I feel like it was worth it to read this beautiful story.
The story continued where the previous one ended where Ren had left Della because of their feelings for one another. Luckily it didn’t take too long for Ren to get his shit together again and to realize he loves Della and return to her. After that they actually spend time together being happy. But eventually we start getting warning that this book might not have the greatest ending and if it does or not I won’t say because I’m trying my best not to spoil this book but it’s kind of hard.
I still can’t say this duology is my personal favorite of all time by Pepper Winters but this was a very special story. And I do think it’s one of her best ones. It wasn’t just a coming of age romance for me, it was so much more. Somehow the two main characters, Della and Ren found their way into my hurt, causing me to be so affected by the whole story and especially the ending. Honestly I had expected this book to go in a whole different direction so I was definitely surprised by it all, which was actually a really good thing.
Even now as I’m writing this review I kind of want to cry because I just finished reading the book and it’s all still pretty fresh in my mind. But I can’t say enough how touching, heartbreaking and utterly beautiful this story was. I hope anyone who’s planning on reading this book has tissues because you’ll definitely need them.