I found this with Souvenir, by Therese Fowler.
Clue number two? I tore through the book in record time. I read at least 200 pages just today.
Souvenir has a lot of classic story-telling standards. A first love that started as childhood friendship. Secrets. Lies. Regret. Star-crossed lovers that happen to meet again years later, and old feelings that come back to haunt.
You know what? I'm not even going to try to describe the story here. Here's why: It wouldn't do the story justice, re-capping the how and why. This is an emotional book. The story is the palpable feelings at play. Souvenir is not a casual read. It's an exploration of the heart.
To call it angsty would be horribly inaccurate, but the situations contained in the pages will definitely tug at your heartstrings. This story will make you weep. No doubt about it. But Fowler has achieved a fantastic balance of sorrow and uplifting.
It's gotta be a heartbreaker if someone like me is curled up in the chair, bawling her eyes out. But it's such a warm story. I don't want to scare anybody off from the themes by raising unwarranted red-flags. Read this. Trust me. This isn't emotional blackmail, this is a genuine progression of real feelings. It's such a great book. Did I mention it's fantabulously awesome??
There are many books I finish reading and declare love for, but Souvenir is special to me now. It's a story that takes you through darkness, and remembers to lead you into the light. I adore it. I am officially emotionally connected to the characters, and I miss them already. This book is going to fall to pieces before I finish the multiple re-reads to come.