“I hated that what I wanted most was to take her hand and see if her fingers still fit between mine like they had when we were younger.” —Devney Perry, Dotted Lines
In this last installment of the Runaway series, Devney Perry has truly saved the one that plucked at my heart strings the most with Dotted Lines. Clara and Karson’s story is one about unrequited yearning that doesn’t happen over days or weeks, but months and years.
There is something truly sweet about a love that happens after insurmountable odds, or one that happens in the amidst of hardship. A love that grows between friends is even sweeter, and even if Clara and Karson both agree that they had to grow up quicker than what their ages allowed, they saw the truth in their feelings. The way the story weaves the past and the present is so beautiful, and I think for me helps to create that poignancy of the love that never leaves either of them.
“Clara had been as real as the stars in the sky and the dirt below my feet.”
For the entire four books prior to Dotted Lines, we fans have been anticipating the time where Karson finally gets to tell his story, and we get to find out what has happened to him. Getting more insight aboutClara too, while she brings her son Gus to deliver the Cadillac to Karson in California. Both Karson and Clara confront the past and put any unresolved and unspoken issues to bed at the old junkyard. I loved that even though they had unresolved issues in the past, they still needed to work through issues in the present too. Devney knows exactly how much angsts to sprinkle in her books!
If I’m being perfectly honest, Devney Perry could write a love story about a paper cup and a frog and I would be riveted. The emotions are so well-crafted on the page between Karson and Clara. The scenes they have together are just gorgeously evocative. This is your warning that once you start reading Dotted Lines, you won’t want to put it down. Dotted Lines is perfectly bingeable.