The Fire Between High and Lo by Brittainy C Cherry – Jenn’s Review

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WHY I READ IT

I am a huge fan of having Brittainy rip my hear out.

WHAT I RATED IT

4 stars

WHAT IT’S ABOUT

There once was a boy, and I loved him.

Logan Francis Silverstone and I were complete opposites. I danced, and he stood still. He was quiet, while I ran my mouth. He struggled to find a smile, and I refused to frown.

The night I saw the darkness that truly lived inside of him, I couldn’t look away.

We were broken together, yet somehow whole. We were wrong together, but always right. We were the stars that burned across the night sky, searching for a wish, praying for better tomorrows.

Until the day I lost him. He threw us away with one hasty decision–a decision that changed us forever.

There once was a boy, and I loved him.

And for a few breaths, a few whispers, a few moments, I think he loved me, too.

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JENN’S REVIEW

I’m fairly certain that Brittainy Cherry sits around and thinks up ways to rip our hearts out, stomp on it, then piece it back together. If you are looking for a light, boy-meets-girl and live happily ever after love story, look somewhere else. Every moment in this story is saturated with enough emotion to flood the earth. There is nothing simplistic about it. It feels odd to say that I loved a story as difficult to read as this one, but I did. I loved it.

“I fed her raspberries while she fed me her dreams.
She fed me raspberries while I fed her my fears.
We stared out at the night sky, feeling safe and free for a while.”

Logan and Alyssa are from two different worlds. Alyssa lives in a mansion on a hill, and Logan’s family barely survives on food stamps. That doesn’t stop a beautiful friendship from forming. That beautiful friendship eventually grows into a deep, unrelenting love…until it all comes crashing down.

Logan is not the typical, alpha hero we see in so many books today. He is a tired, broken man who can barely keep his head up. With repeated drug use and a family of enablers, Logan has already hit rock bottom, he just doesn’t know it yet. Watching Logan struggle was difficult. I just wanted to shake him and make him see all the good he had in his life. He didn’t have to be the statistic he was heading towards. On the outside, it might have looked like Alyssa had it all, but looks can be deceiving. Alyssa has to contend with an absentee father, and a mother who only talks to her when she is criticizing her. Together, they find what they need in each other.

“Every emotion I felt toward her throughout the years was coming back to me, stronger than ever. I was mad at myself for not calling her, I was sad, I was happy, I was confused, I was in love. I was everything that Alyssa ever made me feel.”

This book is filled with the highest highs and the lowest lows. There are passages that are difficult to read, and passages that I highlighted and read through again, just to experience their beauty a second time. Secondary characters, Erika and Kellan add to the beauty and pain of the story, and this is almost as much their tale as it is Logan and Alyssa.  This is a story that you simply must read.

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