Review: When It Rains by Lisa De Jong

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When It Rains by Lisa De Jong

4.5 Stars

I randomly ran across When It Rains by scrolling on Goodreads and there was just something about the cover that caught my eye! After reading the book description I just knew I had to read it asap! My tbr is pretty long but I moved it to the top of my list and I’m very glad to have done so. This is a story that I needed to read. Every now and then it’s good to read a book that completely grabs you by the heart & makes you feel & When It Rains did just that.

This is a story about a 19-year-old girl, Kate, who has graduated high school but has decided to stay home and work in the town’s diner instead of going off to college like everyone else. Something horrible has happened to Kate & she has spent the last two years keeping it a secret. In doing so, she has pushed away everyone except for her mom & her best friend & first crush, Beau.

Timing has never been right for Beau & Kate; he’s now confessed his love for her, but Kate isn’t whole enough to handle a relationship with him or anyone.. or so she thinks. Beau is willing to give her space while he’s away in college & wait for Kate to be ready, but neither of them was counting on a new guy entering the picture! Asher Hunt wasn’t expecting anything more than fries & a shake when he walked into the diner, but there’s just something about the waitress with the green eyes & now, Kate isn’t the only one with a secret.

It wouldn’t be fair of me to not warn you so here goes nothing: When It Rains isn’t the kind of book that eases you into a plot. You are thrown into it as soon as you open the cover! I had to take a minute to gather my thoughts after having just read the prologue. The writing style is fantastic! We get the deep stuff thrown at us from page 1 and then, as the story develops, we are taken back in time and slowly given more details. Lisa De Jong also did an amazing job at character development and at some point, I just decided I was gonna root for both Beau AND Asher! Lol crazy, but true! In the end, I think it was a perfect ending and I felt proud of Kate for how far she had come.

My reasons for this book not having been a full 5 stars will be part of this spoiler section, but I only recommend reading them after having read the book.  I really enjoyed Kate & Beau’s friendship from the beginning! I’m a total sucker for best friends that cross over to a relationship, so I was really rooting for them. Having said that, Asher made it really hard not to root for him as well! I appreciated the way he didn’t care to push for answers but instead just wanted to get close to Kate. View Spoiler » I think the author did a great job at breaking our hearts just enough to keep us reading.  A box of tissues later, I am happy with the ending & am more emotionally prepared for the next book in the series!

I hadn’t heard any buzz for this book, but have any of you read it before? If so, what were your thoughts on it? Let me know in the comments below!

Book Info

When It Rains by Lisa De Jong
Series: Rains #1
Published by Author
Pub Date: September 25th 2013
Pages: 337
Format: eBook | Source: Purchased
Genres: ContemporaryNew AdultRomanceYoung Adult
Buy the book! | Goodreads

One night changed my life forever.

Beau Bennett has been my best friend since I can remember. He was my first crush before everything came crashing down, and now he wants more, but it’s more than I can give him. Things are different now. I wish I could tell him why, but I can’t.

I haven’t told anyone.

I never knew how much I really needed him until the day he left for college, and I was completely alone.

Then one day, Asher Hunt rides into town with his dark, captivating eyes and cocky grin. He doesn’t care who I used to be, he’s simply breathing life into what’s left. People warn me to stay away from him, but he helps me forget the pain that has held me hostage for so long; something I thought was impossible before he walked into my life.

I’ve been hurt.

I’ve been saved.

And I’ve found hope.

I thought my story was written that night, but now I know it was only a new beginning. Until one secret turns my world upside down…


Rubi @ Gone with the Words

4 Responses to “Review: When It Rains by Lisa De Jong”

    • Rubi @ Gone with the Words

      Rubi @ Gone with the Words

      So glad I’m not alone, Grace! I ugly cried several times during the prologue alone, so you can imagin how I was through the rest of it lol. As for the second book, I completely agree! Luckily, they’re just companion books and we got all of Kate’s story in this first book. ?

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    This seems like it might be similar to Speak if I’m getting the right vibes? I really liked Speak when I read it way back. It’s definitely different how you jump right into the story…but is it too weird? Like do you feel important details are skipped or they’re pushed back too far?

    • Rubi @ Gone with the Words

      Rubi @ Gone with the Words

      Unfortunately, I’ve had Speak on tbr for ages, but haven’t read it yet so I’m sure how that writing style played out there. In this particular case though, there were no details skipped and the storyline didn’t seem all over the place. The author did such a great job at giving a clear story to follow! The prologue doesn’t leave you with any questions or mysteries to solve; it only makes you want to know more of Kate’s story.

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