NA review: Days Like This by Danielle Ellison

Title: Days Like This
Author: Danielle Ellison
Series: N/A
Acquired: Review
Genre: New Adult
Publisher: Bookish World Press
Release date: 2nd June 2015

Almost a year ago, nineteen-year-old Cassie Harlen had a lot to deal with. A stack of college acceptance letters waiting for answers, a proposal from the boy next door, and a mother whose most recent bipolar episode left Cassie hurt and confused. Tired of cleaning up the messes caused by her mother’s disorder, of resenting her mother for not being there, and scared of being trapped by an inevitable future—which included marrying Graham Tucker—Cassie did the only thing she could think of to keep from ending up like her mother: she left.

Graham never knew why Cassie walked away. He woke up one morning and she was gone—along with the life that he’d created around her. After eleven months, Graham has a new plan for his future. One that doesn’t involve Cassie Harlen.


When Cassie’s mom nearly burns down her house, Cassie’s forced to return home. Back to a mother she’s tried to ignore and the guy she’s been unable to forget. Graham doesn’t know how he’s going to spend the whole summer living next door to the person who broke his heart without letting those old feelings push through to the surface.

Review
Days Like This opens with one of protagonist Cassie’s memories. It’s beautiful and gives you the sense of freedom and happiness but then it turns into something else entirely. The opening of this book quickly gives insight into what Cassie’s life is like and why she is where she is and part of the reason for why she left home. Reading about Cassie’s life made me quite sad. It’s clear she has been through something and has family issues but you don’t get to find out exactly what’s going on to begin with, only that Cassie is pretty much alone apart from a few new friends. 

Graham is the boy from back home and the one left heartbroken when Cassie left without a word. He’s the one left to pick up the pieces and to look after things at home, including Cassie’s mother. He’s forced to call Cassie early on when he mother nearly burns down the house and it’s something he really doesn’t want to do. He’s been trying to move on since she left without a word and seeing her again would not be good but he has no choice. I could feel his heart breaking over and over again each time he was forced to see or spend time with Cassie and it was horrible. Graham is such a wonderful character and I routed for his happiness from the very beginning of the book. 

Danielle Ellison gives readers a wonderful love story between Cassie and Graham. Each character is far from perfect and has flaws. The pair have a long past and they have a lot to work through, especially Graham if he is going to forgive Cassie. Both characters have changed since they’ve been apart and there’s a lot of getting to know each other again and trying to figure out what they mean to each other, if anything. 

Days Like This also has some fantastic secondary characters in Cassie’s mum, friend June and Graham’s girlfriend Holly. June was one of my favourites as she really added something to the story and was there for Cassie in ways other people couldn’t be. She’s the straight talking best friend who doesn’t take any crap and I loved that about her. Then there’s Cassie’s mum who has a really significant part in the plot although I won’t say much about her as it would ruin the book. 

Overall, Days Like This is a really good book and I look forward to reading more from Danielle Ellison. 

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