|Count on Me|
"For a long time I hated you, but not because of the names you called me. I hated you because when you left that day almost eight years ago and never came back, you broke my heart. You were my only friend and I wasn’t enough for you. "
Soon Kayden can't seem to stay away from the one true friend he had growing up. Even if it means loosing the popularity he has.
“The first real memory I have, is one of the first times I was old enough to remember being at your house. We must have been about three, maybe four. I came and sat down beside you while you were playing and it’s like, even then, you knew I wasn’t anything special because you just ignored the hell out of me.”
This is a powerful read. It touches 3 topics: autism, child abuse and bullying.
You will think that the hot guy's life, who is a bully, couldn't be any better. Not the case at all. I feel sorry for him and the lack of love in his life. He was surrounded by superficial relationships until he has Isabella and her family back in his life.
"Actions speak louder than words ever could, Kayden. If you’re really sorry, prove it."
It was sad to read about what Isabelle had to endure on a daily basis. In a way she was super strong. She forgave Kayden. It helped that she knew him before he became a bully.
As for Kayden, he completely redeems himself in my eyes. When Kayden loves, he loves deeply.
Very happy with the way things played out in this story.
“If Isabelle Reagan can take a guy like me and turn him into someone worthy of respect then it's mind blowing to think what she can do for the rest of the world. What we could do for it together. We might be able to change it.”