Underneath the Sycamore Tree
Books | Fiction / Coming of Age
From fan-favorite author B. Celeste comes an raw, real, and unforgettable story of love and loss between two young people grappling with the harsh reality of invisible disease. Emery Matterson's life has been broken for a while. First, she lost her twin sister to an incurable autoimmune disease, then her father left, then her mother fell apart when Emery herself was diagnosed with the same disease that killed her sister. The only option for Emery seems to be to move in with the father she hasn't seen in ten years, and start over. Enter Kaiden Monroe, the brooding athlete who has baggage of his own. Kaiden makes Emery feel normal. Hated. Cared for. Loathed. And...loved. Somewhere along the way, Emery finds solace in the guy with the sad eyes. But everything happens in stages. And nothing good ever lasts.
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"*WARNING THIS REVIEW WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS* I'm not an emotional mess, you're an emotional mess...😭😭😭😭😭😭. Like I said in one if my updates, B. Celeste really enjoys hurting her readers. I knew when I picked this book up, that it had made people cry and it was supposed to be sad, but I wasn't expecting this to be about Emery and her struggles with lupus. I think the only thing I didn't like about this is that Kaiden basically loved her from the first moment he saw her, and I was like okay that's a bit weird along with the fact that they're step-siblings but hey whatever lol. I understand her not telling him at first because he didn't ask or she didn't feel comfortable yet, but what if something had happened to her and he didn't know, you know? I felt like that was bad on her, her dad and his mom. I did like how much he cared for her, in his own ways of course. And I loved how they were able to connect over their loved ones who passed, it's hard to move forward without them by your side. Her mom is a very selfish person, especially when she made her dad not talk to them for 10 years, that hurts a child and it brings on this resentment, but I'm glad she was able to reconnect with her dad even if it was for a short amount of time. I still don't understand why her dad was "sooo" busy at work when Logan got sick, like what kind of father can't be there for his child when they're needed the most?. I was kind of mad at Emery for not saying anything when she knew something was wrong months before she died. When she was in the hospital and she felt that this was it, I started getting emotional and then my tears were coming when her dad started crying and then more came when her mom finally sang the song! And even more came when Kaiden's pov came after that😭😭. This book finally made me cry after months and months of not being emotional when reading a sad book lol. Heartbreaking read, highly recommend!"
"Not a big fan of the relationship type in this story ifkyk BUT the whole story in itself was ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. I cried so hard!!!"
"There were so many raw emotions I felt in this book. It was like a roller coaster, and I would definitely re-read it."