After Ethan died, Jesse excelled at basketball, partying, and girls. He used it all to turn his emotions off, but the irony was that Alex was the only person who could do that for him. She helped him forget, but she was the one person he shouldn't be with because the secrets he knows could shatter everything. They could shatter her.
I liked Alex but wanted her to stand up for herself more and actually face her issues. Her parents have basically ignored her since Ethan's death, her friends walk all over her (Marissa is ridiculous) and Jesse is horrible to her.
I did appreciate Jesse and the role he played in the story but for the most part I wanted to smack him! Yes he's suffering from grief and guilt BUT he uses Alex and makes her feel worse. In the sequel I hope that Jesse does a lot of grovelling and becomes worthy of her. I'd also like to see a fiercer and more determined Alex.
The book covers some pretty upsetting issues including grief, drink and drugs, teen sex, depression and abandonment so be prepared for the drama!