“We both exhale, and I don’t know who needs this more. The angel caught up in chaos, or the demon searching for peace.”
What’s Left of Me by Kristen Granata is chock full of the spectrum of feelings. What’s Left of Me is a story about friendship, a story of love, a story of redemption, and above all a story about finding strength and truth within yourself amidst turmoil and heartache.
If you didn’t know, the bookstagram community on Instagram is a truly magical place. Full of book recommendations, gorgeous photos, and readers that will not steer you wrong, which is how I found this delightful standalone. What’s Left of Me is the very first book that I’ve read by Kristen Granata and it will for sure not be the last.
Callie has arrived at this point in her life with some baggage. She’s got anxiety, panic attacks, a husband who likes to keep up appearances but is too rough with her when he drinks. On the plus side, Callie also has a loving Golden Retriever named Maverick, and a houseful of friends across the street who have become like a second family to her…including a surly new addition to that household. Callie’s best friend Josie has a brother who moved in and he and Callie didn’t get off on the right foot.
Cole traded his demons in New York for the hot California sun, and yet he quickly learns that his escape wasn’t quite what he expected. When meeting Callie gives Cole a hot dose of reality and perspective he’s left grappling with her words and how she makes him feel…which is alive for the first time in years.
Callie and Cole need each other for different reasons, but ultimately they revolve around each other like celestial bodies unable to resist that pull. What’s Left of Me is a story I devoured in the span of a few hours because I simply could not put this book down. Not only were the emotions beautiful, but themes that were heavy and full of triggers were written with a delicate touch. This is not a story to miss!
What’s Left of Me is achingly beautiful, and honestly one of the best books that I’ve read this year. There aren’t many books that I will willingly stay up to read until the wee hours of the morning, but Kristen Granata wrote such a wonderful book that the lack of sleep was worth it.