Book Review: A Little Unstable


"I think maybe it will be better this way. It’s better when people show their true colors early on. His colors were anger and resentment. Mine, as much as I didn’t want them to be, were detached and far too lonely. We wouldn’t blend well. We couldn't make anything beautiful. Still, the hurt squeezes and crushes me, and I wonder if it would feel like that every time I saw him from this day on."

It's been two years since Mila Lindley moved into the apartment next to Tristan Li's house. It's been a year since he moved out and they both thought they'd be able to breathe again—Tristan, because he was finally free of the hometown he felt suffocated him, and Mila, because she was finally free of Tristan.

Or so she thought. Until now.

Walking into her first college course and accidentally sitting down next to him was bad enough. Finding out they'd be lab partners for the semester was a nightmare. Managing not to kill each other over the next four months was going to be impossible.

Ultimately, the two realize what they're really fighting is their electric, but sometimes toxic, attraction. But what will happen if they finally give in? Will they live happily ever after or will the damage they've already done, the words left unsaid, and the secrets they've kept from each other eventually destroy them?

Told through dual point-of-view over two different timelines, Tristan and Mila's tumultuous story is an emotional rollercoaster showing us what can happen—both good and bad—when we bare our souls to another person and how love might look and feel differently when our pasts have left us just a little unstable.

Content/Trigger Warnings: Sexual content, profanity, suicidal ideation, bullying, toxic behavior in a relationship.

My Review

This book is my first introduction to this author. after reading this book, it will not be my last. This book definitely is a slow burn and has angst. Additionally, if you really love enemies to lovers this is the book for you. I like all of these things, so I did enjoy this book.

The dual POV from Tristan and Mila was nice. It allowed me to really get to know them both better. Plus, it allowed me to become more emotionally connected to them. While the slow burn was good, once the heat did come, the story did pick up. Reading this book is a great way to spending time laying around.


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