The Minute I Saw You by Paige Toon. (2020).
**4 out of 5 stars**
When Hannah meets Sonny, she’s irresistibly drawn to him. The best thing is he’s only in town on holiday which works for Hannah as neither of them do long-term relationships. But as time goes on and their chemistry shows no sign of cooling, they start to question their reasons for shutting each other out. Are they both too broken to find love? And if they tear down the walls between them, will they still like what’s on the other side?
This one went a whole lot deeper than I was expecting to be honest. I thought it would be along the lines of a romance with a bit of drama. But Sonny and Hannah’s respective backgrounds are actually quite dark and traumatic when they are revealed, Sonny’s in particular could be triggering to some readers. I know the synopsis refers to them being “broken” which is a very accurate description; sometimes it felt too unbelievable that these traumatised people managed to find each other AND somehow be exactly what the other person needed to move forward from their trauma. I definitely enjoyed this one, it just really wasn’t what I was expecting. It also moved fairly slow in my opinion. I did really like both Sonny and Hannah and was hoping it would work out for them, and I loved their friends Matilda and Archie.
Overall: a thought-provoking and interesting contemporary love story exploring some serious issues.