Nom de Plume Rating: ★★★★★
Reading Time: 4 minutes
*FTC Disclaimer: I received a copy of Melody of Us from AL Wood in exchange for an honest review. I have in no way been influenced by the author and/or publisher's generosity. You can't fake these stars, baby!
To Whom It May Concern,
This book was written for you.
It’s our story. Anson’s and mine.
You see, we met when we were five.
I moved in next door. He wrote me a letter…
Asking me to leave.
Through notes on a page, Anson became my best friend.
We’ve spent almost our entire lives loving each other.
We never said the words.
But now… Now he’s said it.
No more secrets.
No more lies.
Can forgiveness be given?
I need your help, I need your advice.
Read our story.
First Line: "The cold winter chill slammed into my body, all the way into my bones... I could've left, but I couldn't leave behind the memories... not yet."
AL Wood. Staaahp.
How do I even explain the emotional turmoil in this book? Melody of Us is a window into our surrounding world. It’s so… personal. So real. I have been plucked from my fields of green and submerged into acid; the ache in my heart still hangs there like an unbreathable fog.
Now, we pose the question: Would you take this man back?
Ha! She really thinks you want to eat lunch with her Anson. Too bad she doesn't know that you choose one person a month to have a pity lunch with."
Lyrik and Anson are not meant to be friends.
Lyrik is a good girl from a bad family. Of course, she would never admit this truth out loud. Absolutely not. Speaking the words makes it real. Having just moved to a new neighborhood, she doesn't want to meet new people. Her neighbor, Anson, is the only other 5-year-old she seems to tolerate, but he lives in the most affluent home on the street... he’s popular. There’s no way Anson could be seen with a person like Lyrik.
So the two do what young people do: they avoid each other. (#BackOffPEASANT!) Well, they try. Ooo but that gravitational pull is irresistible! The two soon become best friends, but it's a secret.
1. No talking in school. Ever.
2. No holding hands.
3. No hugs.
4. No kisses.
5. No talking about each other.
6. No sharing secrets.
7. No stealing Lyrik’s Reese’s Pieces
8. No stealing Anson’s Snickers.
9. No talking in school. Ever.
10. Never tell anyone that we’re friends.
Let’s see how long these “rules” last. ?
We follow Lyrik and Anson’s love from childhood to adulthood. Their main form of communication: letters.
WhooEEE! Holy hotness! Where did the oxygen go?... Oh wait, I must have just stopped breathing. Ok. If a man writes you letters, you marry him then and there. NO QUESTIONS ASKED. A man who is patient enough to continually write to a woman is the epitome of dreaminess. Anson is this man. Say yes, and never look back!
In their college years, Anson leaves town to pursue his music career; something Lyrik has always supported. The continuous stream of letters soon become weekly letters. Then monthly letters. Eventually they stop. Ummm can I take back my previous statement? Ok, do NOT let this man pursue you! NO QUESTIONS ASKED. Run for the hills before he drowns you in the river, girl! ?
… and drown she does. Lyrik is continually betrayed by Anson. The distance, the doubts, the fears. And who is this Alyssa girl who comes in when all hell breaks loose? Oh yes, AL Wood does not hold back when it comes to curb-stomping your heart.
This is the second time I'll pick up the pieces of my shattered heart all around. His leaving breaks me.
It won’t be the last...
Talk about fate stabbing you in the back. Lyrik and Anson aren’t meant to be friends, nor lovers, nor have anything to do with each other. Lyrik is from an abusive family, latching onto her loneliness to protect herself. Anson, her only friend and the man who has the power to transform both of their destinies, decides to trample on her heart some more. How considerate, Anson. ?
Anson should abandon his dreams of being a musician and become a sous-chef of love; cheese grating hearts to a slushy pulp.
Of course, Anson comes back with a final letter in hand. Now Lyrik must make a choice.
Melody of Us is enchanting, haunting, and so real. It’s about forgiveness, and a love that refuses to die. Lyrik and Anson are ill-fated from the start; both making mistakes, both at fault. AL Wood played her sweet song on my accordion of a heart.
Should Lyrik read the letter, or not?
The good thing is: it's never real until you say it out loud.