The Boy Who Sneaks In My Bedroom Window by
Amber Walker and her older brother, Jake, have an abusive father. One night her brother's best friend, Liam, sees her crying and climbs through her bedroom window to comfort her. That one action sparks a love/hate relationship that spans over the next eight years.
Liam is now a confident, flirty player who has never had a girlfriend before. Amber is still emotionally scarred from the abuse she suffered at the hands of her father. Together they make an unlikely pair.
Their relationship has always been a rocky one, but what happens when Amber starts to view her brother's best friend a little differently? And how will her brother, who has always been a little overprotective, react when he finds out that the pair are growing closer?
Find out in The Boy Who Sneaks In My Bedroom Window.
Kelly- 4 Crowns
The Boy Who Sneaks in my Bedroom Window had all the right elements to make for the perfect high-school romance. Some aspects were truly beautiful and I felt myself falling hard for this teen drama, only then to experience slight disappointment when the direction changed quite dramatically, producing scenes that felt rushed and a little hit and miss.
This is the story of Amber, Jake and Liam. Amber and Jake are siblings who had it rough growing up. An abusive Father and a Mother scared of her own shadow; things in their household were hard. They experienced abuse at the hands of the one person who should have protected them and loved them unconditionally; unfortunately all he left in his wake was devastation in the form of a broken girl who couldn’t bare to be touched and an angry, over-protective boy.
Liam James lives in the house opposite and has been Jake’s best friend since the age of six. He secretly knew of the abuse but respected their wishes to keep quiet, but one night he makes a decision that changes the course of time… he chooses to act selflessly by comforting Amber in time of need, as he silently climbs through her window and holds her until the tears dry, both accidently falling asleep.
Eight years later and Liam still holds the girl who’s captured his heart, the girl he calls Angel. He loves her, he always has but contrary to popular belief, Amber isn’t all that keen on the high-school man-whore. The Liam who holds her at night isn’t the same Liam who bullies her during the day, and things are about to get confusing for this sixteen year old, when Liam finally confesses that from the beginning of time, she has been his everything…
Oh, the fruitful tale of the brother’s best friend always makes for a pleasurable read and yes…I loved Liam James with a passion – if only my Brother had a friend like that growing up, I would have got myself in a whole world of trouble. Unfortunately, that fantasy was short lived because Amber, and all her hormonal teen drama, drove me to distraction. I appreciate our heroine is only sixteen and still recovering from some serious abuse issues and as much as I enjoyed this book, (I devoured it in one sitting which says it all), I still felt the execution could have been better, as certain scenes just didn't sit well with me.
Abuse is never an easy subject, especially when orchestrated by a full-blooded Father figure, but in this instance it didn’t seem to be resolved in an appropriate manner and this made me angry. Other scenes seemed rushed and a little to-and-fro, possibly thrown in just for the sake of adding extra angst, so a few teeth-gritting moments were also to be had here. However, pushing that aside, this story really captured my heart because mostly it was a fulfilling journey of life. One of self-discovery, of firsts, and learning to adapt and letting go of the past in order to move forward. A tale of family bonds, supportive friends and a familiar togetherness, all set against an American high-school backdrop.
Some scenes were very funny, I particularly liked the ‘who’s nailing Liam next kitty,’ and yes, that may sound terribly immature but Liam’s apparent distaste just made me chuckle. The sexual tension between these two kids was vibrant and I awaited that pivotal moment with giddy anticipation, only for it then to be glossed over. I think one steamy love scene would have been nice but at the same time, it probably wouldn’t have added much more to the story because the adoration felt between Amber and Liam jumped right off the page.
This is a YA story that tells of one over-protective brother, one sexy and cocky best friend, and one girl who is scared to open her heart for fear of being crushed only to find her saviour has been there… all along.
The Boy Who Sneaks in my Bedroom Window is not perfect but still made for a very enjoyable read. Deeply profound, heart-warming and addictive with one character in particular who will just melt your heart.