Sunday, December 9, 2012

I Know It's Over by C.K. Kelly Martin

I Know It's Over
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I Know It's Over by C.K. Kelly Martin

PURE. UNPLANNED. PERFECT. Those were Nick’s summer plans before Sasha stepped into the picture. With the collateral damage from his parents’ divorce still settling and Dani (his girl of the moment) up for nearly anything, complications are the last thing he needs. All that changes, though, when Nick runs into Sasha at the beach in July. Suddenly he’s neck-deep in a relationship and surprised to find he doesn’t mind in the least. But Nick’s world shifts again when Sasha breaks up with him. Then, weeks later, while Nick’s still reeling from the breakup, she turns up at his doorstep and tells him she’s pregnant. Nick finds himself struggling once more to understand the girl he can’t stop caring for, the girl who insists that it’s still over.

My Thoughts
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Here we have a kid who’s just a kid and doesn’t know what he’s supposed to do when faced with a big thing. The good thing: he doesn’t pretend otherwise. Whatever it is he does happen to feel, he does…no false bravado on his part. You’d think him whiny self centered kid, who’s got too much of everything.. And perhaps, he is that, but there’s no denying that with each page, you know whatever his feelings were for whatever was going on at that moment, be it anger, confusion, lust… and yes, confusion again.

There’s a lot of confusion here for him and knee jerk reactions, too.  Reactions that have him saying the most thoughtless of things. All those things could have made him grade-A asshole, but he didn’t end up thus in my mind. Instead, he’s just a kid. End of. The great thing: It’s not his story alone. The side stories of how his friends have choices to make are there too. Then all those (non) relationships with certain others that built him up to someone even more true. The events in this are so authentically daily with everything happening tinged with possibility that somewhere somehow someone else is going through the exact same thing he is. All made even more real with the fact that he’s no angel, not at all perfect…as he’d say the wrong things, apologize for the same, try to do better then screw up again… all very, very true, don’t you think?

I like how this reminds of 500 Days of Summer. Much like the, I KNOW IT’S OVER reveals all aspects of a relationship: how what you love turns into something to you can’t stand. Because here Nicholas allows us to see it all unfold, from the unexpectedly sweet start, the slow movement from next stage to next stage, then how he’s so utterly taken by surprise by decisions of others… and then the best of the best thing: the fact that things don’t end there.

There’s the after, too: where he’s an asshole and does then says some of the most awful things, and all the while those around him offer words of truth that it isn’t all on him, nor all about him.  That were it an issue of blame, plenty of that could and should go around. However, upon with a closer look, and it’s obvious: it really isn’t a matter of blame rather a matter of doing what’s right for both of them.

I love this story. Of a dad who’s trying, a mother who’s doing so as well, and a sister who’s all go with the flow. Then there’s the little bonus his friends represented; they’re all dealing with their own thing. Perhaps it’s their part in all this that I loved the most: how he and his friends call things as they are… Nathan especially, but better are those times when nothing need be said and still there’s this connection among them.

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