The End of Our Story
The End of Our Story

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Annotation: Bridge and Wil are separated by a devastating betrayal before a family tragedy compels them to reconcile a year later, a situation that puts both of them in danger.
Catalog Number: #172243
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: HarperCollins
Copyright Date: 2017
Edition Date: 2017
Pages: 280 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-06-233577-4 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-3393-9
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-06-233577-7 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-3393-9
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2016949894
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Bridge and Wil were inseparable ever since fourth grade, when Wil's dad picked them up from school and invited Bridge to be a part-time member of their family. Their best friendship blossomed into love, but Bridge shattered everything between them when she drunkenly kissed another boy at a party junior year. They haven't spoken since, until, with weeks left before graduation, Wil's dad is tragically murdered, and both Bridge and Wil are lost without each other. Haston (Paperweight, 2015) crafts an equal parts heartrending and suspenseful narrative as Bridge's and Wil's alternating perspectives gradually reveal the complete story behind Wil's volatile family dynamic and what really happened the night of the murder. Haston pours authentic awareness and intensity into her characters, who fight to be together despite heartbreak, trauma, and the heavy realization that "life is never black-and-white . . . most of us have learned to tread in the gray." By the end, facing the truth is just as important to Bridge and Wil as being together.
Horn Book
Wil and Bridge(t) were childhood friends who fell in love; their relationship ended abruptly when Bridge drunkenly broke Wil's heart. After Wil's father dies violently during their senior year, the two reconnect in their grief, though Bridge suspects that Wil is hiding something. Guilt-ridden Bridge narrates what happens after the tragedy while tortured Wil tells the backstory in this dark, emotion-packed drama.
Kirkus Reviews
Nothing, not even murder, will sway Bridget from her determination to reunite with her ex-boyfriend. Despite having loved each other since early childhood, Wil is so hurt by Bridget's drunken behavior at a party one night that they haven't spoken in a year. Their senior year of high school is drawing to a close, and Wil still won't respond to any of Bridget's apologies or attempts at reconciliation. Then Wil and his mother are witness to the murder of his father in a robbery gone awry. Drawn together again for solace and love, Bridget and Wil, both white, haltingly begin to open up to each other even as it becomes clear that Wil cannot talk about the night of the ghastly event and is, perhaps, harboring secrets. Adorned with the occasional fancy metaphor ("But my words are feathery, and they don't land"), this is a lackluster intrigue. Their story unfolds almost entirely from Bridget's first-person perspective, with a few chapters narrated by Wil. The pervasive line of inquiry here isn't that of the detectives trying to catch the killer but what elements make up the essential self: are people merely the sums of their deeds and lists of adjectives? Eventually, with unwavering love, Bridget must let Wil make his own decision about the man he wants to be. A slightly philosophical love story for readers who want a little edge to their romance. (Romance. 12-18)
Publishers Weekly
Haston (Paperweight) focuses on breakups, grief, and letting go in a story that alternates between the perspectives of Bridget -Bridge- Hawking and Wilson -Wil- Hines, childhood best friends who fell in and out of love but aren-t quite ready to move on. The novel opens after Bridge and Wil have spent a year apart from each other after she cheated on him, but the shocking murder of Wil-s father brings them back into contact. The effort to rekindle their friendship proves rocky, not only because of the breakup but because Wil had already been dealing with family problems even before his father was killed, namely domestic violence. Bridge has her own troubles, including a drinking problem and a depressed single mother, but Wil-s emotions are raw and unpredictable, and his situation takes center stage. Haston barely touches on the question of who killed Wil-s father until the very end. Instead, the source of the novel-s tension comes from Wil and Bridge-s attempts to figure out how to address their fractured relationship and whether their futures will involve each other. Ages 14-up. Agency: Alloy Entertainment. (Apr.)

Voice of Youth Advocates
Bridge and Wil were a couple for a long time, and best friends for even longer, until Bridge shares a drunken kiss with another boy. Now, completely broken, Bridge is making plans for a future without the boy she still loves. When Wil’s father is murdered by an apparent intruder, Wil’s heartbreak brings Bridge back, and their long history provides comfort, until it becomes obvious that Wil is carrying some dark secrets. Bridge, who does not know her own father and had always looked to Wil’s dad as the ideal of fatherhood, is surprised to learn that he abused his family. As more shocking revelations come to light, Bridge realizes that it is up to her to decide if she can stand by Wil, even under horrible circumstances. More problem novel than lighthearted love story, Haston’s novel addresses some heavy themes relating to families, abuse, and affection. Told from alternating points of view, the contrasts and connections between Bridge and Wil’s lives make the themes more vivid and realistic. The supporting cast of characters, including Bridge’s best friend and an elderly woman she visits, adds richness by providing insights that Bridge (especially) needs to progress through her emotional story arc. A satisfying, yet not completely resolved, ending captures more of the realities of life than a happily-ever-after fairy tale, making this a perfect choice for readers looking for a bittersweet romance.—Rachel Wadham.
Reading Level: 7.0
Interest Level: 9-12

Every love story has a breaking point... From the author of Paperweight comes the star-crossed romance of two high school friends in a tale rife with deeply buried secrets and shocking revelations.

BEFORE: Bridge and Wil have been entangled in each other’s lives for years. Under the white-hot Florida sun, they went from kids daring each other to swim past the breakers to teenagers stealing kisses between classes. But when Bridge betrayed Wil during their junior year, she shattered his heart and their relationship along with it.

AFTER: When Wil’s family suffers a violent loss, and Bridge rushes back to Wil’s side. As they struggle to heal old wounds and start falling for each other all over again, Bridge and Wil discover just how much has changed in the past year. Though they once knew each other’s every secret, they aren’t the same people they used to be. Bridge can’t imagine life without Wil, but sometimes love isn’t enough. Can they find their way back to each other, or will this be the end of their story?

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