Hey, guys! I am so freaking excited to discuss this fantastic book! I loved this so much. I literally could not put it down, and I read it in only a few hours. I was not expecting much from this, and I just absolutely fell in love with this book. This is probably going to be one of my favorite books of the year. However, this book does contain mature content as it is an adult novel, so if you aren’t comfortable with explicit sexual scenes, you probably should express caution when reading this novel. But enough with the gushing. Let’s get into the review!
1. A chaotic or disastrous situation.
2. An utter catastrophe or mess.
3. A devastating calamity or source of trouble.
4. Pepper O’Brien.
As the daughter of a famed film producer, Pepper O’Brien is Hollywood royalty.
Also, her life sucks.
Because, unfortunately for her, the old adage is true: money can’t buy everything—including grace, true love, or the ability to not screw up every single opportunity her life has brought her.
After her latest disaster, Pepper moves across the country to start over but, as usual, her life has other plans, namely in the form of Derek Cashette, her former teenage crush and now ridiculously handsome friend of her older brother.
Derek is determined to salvage the train wreck of her life and Pepper’s determined not to let him. Her life is her problem and, dammit, why can’t she be her own hero?
But sometimes fate has other plans. Or maybe it’s hormones. Especially when her rescuer comes with a killer smile, a chest Thor would be jealous of, and a butt that any girl just wants to—”
OH. MY. GOD. I LOVED THIS BOOK SO DAMN MUCH.
This is a book that I was really interested in, but I wasn’t sure if I would actually love it because I usually do not fall in love with books I am sent for review. They aren’t usually books I would personally pick up myself, but this book was freaking fantastic. It just really made me emotional, and I loved the story line, the characters were well-developed, and I just really loved this book. It definitely took me by surprise. I just marathoned this in a few hours, and I am so glad that I got the chance to read this!
Let’s just talk about the characters for a minute. I really loved Pepper’s character. I just appreciated how she was a natural disaster; she was definitely a train wreck. But that’s what the press and her family treated her like. They were not nice people. They pissed me off 100% of the time. But she had been searching her entire life for something that she had a passion for, something she was good at. And she just stumbled upon it by accident. And that is just really beautiful to me. Its something that I really enjoyed, and I just loved how she overcame what others had forced her to believe for her entire life. It was really amazing just to watch her grow so much as a character, and I loved that!
Now we need to talk about Derek. Immediately, I shipped them like a vengeance. And I was frustrated when Pepper kept making excuses for why they couldn’t/shouldn’t be together, but it made it all worth it when they actually got together, and it just made me all kinds of happy. But there is this section of the book towards the end where Derek does one of those annoying character things where he is trying to do something to help Pepper and to help their relationship, but he just doesn’t tell her that is why he’s doing it, so all she can see is that he is being a distant, cold asshole because she doesn’t know why she is doing that. And that really frustrated me to no end, and I really just wanted to slap him across the face multiple times. But it all worked out in the end, so its okay. But he still should have gone about that whole situation differently…
Now let’s talk about Samantha and Rylie. That little girl was so freaking cute. I absolutely loved her, and when Derek would interact with her, I definitely understood why Pepper melted into a little puddle because it is such a turn on (like, it makes me like a guy 10x more) to see a guy be so good with kids. But I also loved how we got some real insight into Samantha’s life as well as Derek’s and Pepper’s. Elise made these character real to me. Like they felt like real people, which I loved. We got to see how unhappy Samantha was, which was understandable. Her husband was a fucking asshole. But one complaint I do have is we never got resolution on Samantha. Like what went down with her and her husband? Are they working things out? Getting a divorce? How is Rylie handling everything? I NEED TO KNOW.
I am just going to briefly say that I hate every member of Pepper’s asshole family. Like whenever something even remotely goes wrong, they blame her. Derek punched Andy? Oh, that had to be Pepper’s fault when she was the LITERAL VICTIM. But that was her brother who blamed her. And the wedding dress thing. It pissed me off so much when she took it upon herself to try to fix the ruined dress that someone else ruined, and her brother immediately blames it on her. Says it had to be her. She’s the screw up of the family. The amount of verbal abuse these people unleashed on Pepper just made livid, made sick, and I wanted to just bitchslap all of them…
Okay, but Derek and Pepper are the cutest couple ever. Like I loved them so much. Derek cares about her so much, though sometimes he has a funny way of showing it, and she cares about him so much, but she will not allow herself to continue to be hurt by him when he was distancing himself from her, so she stands up for herself and tells him to stay away from her. We, of course, know that everything worked out, but their relationship was not all unicorns and rainbows. They had rough patches they had to work through, which made the relationship really realistic to me. They had to go through a lot of shit to be able to be together, and I just appreciated the realness of it.
But this book also made me super emotional. I definitely was crying during the really sad parts. And this is pretty rare for me because I am not a book crier. Nope. Not me. And I really cried when I was reading this book. And whenever Derek would distance himself from Pepper, it literally was causing me physical pain. Like this is really weird, but during super sad and upsetting parts (and when I am super connected to the main character), my left hand actually has pain shooting throughout all of it. And it was probably the most intense I’ve it in a while. I was very upset, and it hurt so damn much to have to go through the pain she was going through. And the ending just made me cry because I was so happy. This is the first time this has ever happened to me. I have never happy cried in my life, until this book. That’s a pretty powerful thing…
I think this book is just so absolutely amazing. It deals with important topics, has beautifully developed characters, and I absolutely loved the story line. This will definitely be one of my favorite books of the year, and I am so excited to read more from Elise Faber in the future!
And there you have it! That was my review of Train Wreck by Elise Faber. What is your current favorite contemporary novel? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!