Misunderstandings by Tiffany King
(Woodfalls Girls #2)
May 6, 2014
Berkley Trade publishing
Genre: Young Adult Romance
(Contains: strong language, sex)
Source: Personal purchase
Just when she thought things were going up…
Two years after a devastating breakup, Brittni Mitchell has moved on from Justin Avery—or so she tells herself. But when she returns to Seattle for her best friend’s engagement party, Brittni finds herself the victim of a disastrously timed elevator breakdown. She’s trapped with the last person she wants to face, and forced to recount the past she desperately wants to forget.
She’s going to have to look back…
When Brittni left her podunk hometown for a big city college experience at the University of Washington, hooking up with a guy like Justin Avery was not part of her plan. Between Justin’s attention-grabbing tattoos, cigarette smoking, and bad boy attitude Brittni quickly chalked him up as Mr. Wrong.” But his charm was unrelenting, and Brittni’s decision to give Justin a chance quickly turned into the worst choice she ever made.
So that she might be able to move forward.
Now she’s stuck with Justin—literally—and the complicated web of misunderstandings that tied up the truth for two years is about to unravel.
Misunderstandings is exactly what it is - a story about misunderstandings. Brittni and Justin broke up two years ago under circumstances that are unclear to the reader, but our main characters also lack the clarity of the complete picture. Hence why when they are trapped in an elevator for hours together, there are layers upon layers peeled back to reveal the truth to all parties involved. Slowly the beauty and the breakdown of their relationship from two years ago is unveiled.
I was completely sucked into this story and finished it within a day. Alternating past and present is hit-or-miss and in this instance I thought it was well done. I liked the build up between the characters, the suspense of trying to discern what actually happened, what the misunderstandings were, why it's taken us two years to get to this point, and wondering what might come next.
There is such beauty and tenderness to Brittni and Justin's past relationship but also such a sad level of insecurity, dishonesty, and immaturity. Finding out what happens between them was heartbreaking and frustrating. I think their issues, but also their hearts, were well displayed. I grew to like Brittni and Justin, and when hope seemed lost, I found myself rooting for them.
I would have liked a little more in the last few chapters of the present. But overall, I truly enjoyed this read, was completely engaged, and was happy with the ending. It should also be noted that though this is part of a series, Misunderstandings can easily be read as a standalone.