Overall Grade: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
“This was her. This was my Clara. And I’d kiss her every day for the rest of my life.”
Do you ever read a story and want to cry, not from the story itself, but rather from the telling of it? As you read Devney Perry’s newest Runaway series book, Dotted Lines, that feeling screams at you as you journey with Karson and Clara, the last two of the six teens who lived in a junkyard. It’s Perry’s quiet style, her simplicity in the telling of the stories that feel heavy with the depth of emotion. Dotted Lines is like the other stories in this series: heartfelt, charming, and surprising in the simplicity of its telling.
I wasn’t sure how I would feel about Clara and Karson’s coupling as we first learn of Karson as Londyn’s boyfriend in Perry’s first book of the series, Runaway Road. Yet, she is so careful and thoughtful in the development of her characters and their stories that you need not worry. She takes the time to show the differences between a best friend and a soulmate in her characterizations of Londyn and Clara. There is no question that Karson and Clara are fated for each other because the abiding love she crafts as part of their story is clear.
I love the zeitgeist of emotion found in Dotted Lines, and the rest of this series reminds you of Devney Perry’s talent at writing small-town, inspired stories. When you finish Karson and Clara’s book, you feel sated by this series, already nostalgic for more of Perry’s storytelling. This series is so astonishingly lovely and perfect in its simplicity.
In love and romance,