Be My Downfall
Book 3, Whitman University - Whitman University
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Toby Wright has always prided himself on being one of the most normal guys at Whitman University. He loves his parents, has a great job lined up after graduation, and with the exception of attempting to cross the unbalanced Sebastian Blair sophomore year, has kept his nose pretty clean.
But the rich never have empty closets, and memories long stashed away come spilling free when notorious party girl Kennedy Gilbert almost dies in his dorm room.
Nobody really knows how Kennedy manages to stay in good standing at Whitman–she never goes to class, doesn’t pretend to care about her future, and as far as people can tell, is never sober. This isn’t her first meeting with a stomach pump, but it is the first time she’s woken up to Toby’s concerned brown eyes. Despite the fact that she prefers life without friends, he gets under her skin with his insistence on playing her guardian angel.
No one knows better than Toby that people can only be saved if they want to be, but the realization that she has no one else draws him back into the shadows of Kennedy’s life–and eventually into her bed. But she long ago came to terms with a truth that Toby refuses to accept: she doesn’t want to be rescued, she only wants to forget.
Unwilling to give up on her, Toby’s dragged under by this broken girl and her dark, twisted Whitman University he never guessed existed. If he struggles to the surface, he’ll abandon someone he loves for the second time in his life. If he doesn’t, it won’t be long until they both drown.
Broken and rebuilt
With each book in the Whitman series, I think that couple is my favorite . . . until I read the next. This one is no different. Toby and Kennedy have my heart. Their pasts are similar, but their lives have not taken the same paths. Where Toby strove to stay out of trouble and be the son who could make up for his brother's shortcomings, Kennedy is on self-destructive path with no one to intervene. This strawberry-haired girl captures Toby's heart leaving him unsure if he's experiencing a hero complex leftover from his brother, or if it's the girl herself that connects with him in ways he's never experienced.
I felt the emotional roller coaster Toby rode, yet I also felt Kennedy's reticence to experience happiness and allow herself to live again. The warring emotions made this Whitman novel my favorite yet.
Toby didn't save Kennedy - Toby gave Kennedy a reason to save herself. Lyla herself ended the novel best when she said, “Because we’d earned it. Because it was real life. And because this wasn’t the end of anything.”
Tear. Smile. Laugh. Tear again. Huge smile.
Can't wait for the next book! I am loving the series. Each book has a lesson on how we should treat each other and I am lovin it! If I could put in a request I am a fan of surprises like a child or baby. I just don't want the series to stop!