on December 26, 2018
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Running away from his feelings is the one race he'll never win ...
A star athlete and Olympic prospect, Kal Carter is bound for greatness. Everyone says it, only he's not sure he entirely believes it. Because he’s lost something he can’t replace, and most days feels like he’s holding up the sky; and doing it all on his own.
To maintain focus, he never lets anyone close except in the most superficial ways and he’s become very good at it. Until a long, cold week when the solitary girl next-door who never speaks, smiles or makes eye-contact barges into his life and seems poised to upend the whole doggone thing.
“Why do you call me Snowflake?”
“Because you’re fleeting, mysterious, and impermanent. And you drifted into my life out of nowhere,” he said.
In Snowflake by Nia Forrester, we met Kal and Asha. Kal is a college senior and future Olympian athlete. Asha is the mysterious, super shy and quirky next door neighbor that keeps her head down around campus and doesn’t say much. During Thanksgiving break, these two are seemingly the only ones left in their apartment building as the other students visit their families. A series of events leads to them spending quite a bit of time together and soon they are on a winter adventure to NYC to see friends and California to visit Kal’s family, and potentially face some of the past he tries to push aside.
They became friends, at least that’s what they’d like to believe but feelings like Kal’s and Asha’s go way beyond friendship. However, with all the moving parts in their lives are they both willing to admit their feelings and try their hand at a relationship?
Both characters pull you in almost immediately. They’re both dealing with abandonment issues and a sense of loss, and used to dealing with a lot of things on their own, their first instinct is to protect themselves. They’re also both on the cusp of adulthood and trying to figure out what that means. On the outside, these two seem like polar opposites but once we get to know Kal and Asha, we realize there’s more that drives them together than what sets them apart.
In Snowflake, life knocks Asha and Kal down a few times. They stumble and become disoriented and shit happens but they find their way. I liked this novel because it was relatable, and relatability goes a very long way in my book. While Snowflake is an Afterwards novel, however, this can be read as a standalone. Pick up a copy and let me know what you think!