Ruin (Ruin #1) by Rachel Van Dyken

Ruin by Rachel Van Dyken
Series: Ruin #1
on August 12, 2013

I'm not your typical girl. I've been running away from the memories that haunt me for so long that depression has become my only comfort. I was content in the darkness...until Wes Michals offered to be my light.
I didn't know that time wasn't my ally -- that every second that ticked past was one step closer to the end of something that was beginning to mean the end of myself. He tried to warn me. He promised me all he was able to offer--each moment as it came--but it would never be enough.
Sometimes when you think it's the end, it's only the beginning. Wes thought he could save me, but in giving me everything, he ruined me. Because after one kiss, one touch, I couldn't--I wouldn't ever be the same.
And from that moment on, his heartbeat became my own

Also by this author: Co-Ed

“I’m ruined for you — and I won’t ever be the same. It’s the greatest gift anyone’s ever given me.” So true. 

I wish I had Wes’s wisdom to be able to convince you to read this book. If you know anyone struggling with cancer, than you most definitely have to pass this book to them. 
My person, my everything, my most loved family member died of cancer and I truly wished I’d read this book sooner.

The story is simple:
“Girl runs into boy…” I read aloud. Kiersten looked down at the card and read the next part, “Girl feels up boy.” I chuckled while Kiersten crossed her arms and scowled. “Boy chases girl.” “Girl—” Kiersten’s voice was hoarse. “—decides she wants to be chased.” The next part was hard for me to read, I wasn’t sure why. Kiersten put her hand over mine and slowly spoke for me. “Boy gets very sick.” “Girl—” I held Kiersten tight. “—sticks by his side.” “Boy and girl…” Tears streamed down Kiersten’s face, and she sniffed softly before she continued. “…fall asleep holding hands, and he tells her that even death couldn’t keep him from a lifetime of her smiles.” A tear fell from my face onto Kiersten’s head as I murmured, “Boy lives.” “Girl lives,” she whispered. “They lived,” we said in unison… The last line was a picture of us together with a giant heart drawn around it. Under the picture Gabe had written… So LIVE.” LIVE! 

But as simple as it might sound, there’s such a big life lesson in all this, I would have never thought i’d get from a twenty year old college quarterback. His wisdom is way beyond his age.

In the end, there’s this note from the author that says:
“As always, if you loved the book or hated it — still leave a review. Every little bit helps. The first TWO WEEKS’ sales of this book will be going towards my uncle’s medical bills. Later on I’ll be making donations to Make-A-Wish. Please spread the word about this book to friends and family. If you liked it, talk about it. If you didn’t like it but know it could help someone, then please pass it on.”

So, just because of that, please, go ahead, buy the book and write a better review than I did and convince your friends to read it as well.