The Smallest Part (Amy Harmon)

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“In the end, only three things matter. How much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.”
– Unknown

It was a big lie. The biggest lie she’d ever told. It reverberated through her head as she said it, ringing eerily, and the girl behind her eyes—the girl who knew the truth—screamed, and her scream echoed along with the lie.
“Are you in love with Noah, Mercedes?” Cora asked. “I mean . . . I know you love him. You’ve been friends forever. We all have. But are you in love with him?”
If it had been anyone else—anyone—Mercedes would have stuck out her chest, folded her skinny arms, and let her feelings be known. She would have claimed him. But it was Cora. Brave, beautiful, broken Cora, and Cora loved Noah too.
So Mercedes lied.
And with that lie, she lost him. With that lie, she sealed her fate.
She was the best friend, the bridesmaid, the godmother, the glue. She was there for the good times and the bad, the ups and the downs, the biggest moments and the smallest parts. And she was there when it all came crashing down.
This is the tale of the girl who didn’t get the guy.


I was really nervous going into this book, I will admit that. Seeing the cover, the three people, I was just not very excited that Amy Harmon wrote a triangle trope book. I was ready to brave it though. For Amy I would do that.

Ya’ll…it is not that. It. Is. Not. That.

It is so much more than that and I feel so foolish for even judging Amy’s cover before even experiencing what she has strategically placed for us in these pages. Stupid, stupid, stupid Talon.

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First I should say this, if you see a book that has Amy Harmon’s name on it: get it. I can guarantee that you will start feeling all sorts of things and you will have no idea on how to make it all stop. I have zero control and a very lose grip on all of my feelings every time I pick up an Amy Harmon book. I’m making that known right now.

My favorite thing in The Smallest Part (besides the obvious- past characters) was the way that the past parts of the chapter opened us up to the present parts and somehow, they all fit together. They were joined in a way that we get to experience with Cora, Mercedes, and Noah. The intricate details were so neat to me. It’s the little things like that that make me happy.

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I didn’t like how a lot of things were left unsolved and unanswered when it came to Cora. I can’t go into much detail but I really wanted to know quite a few things about her and I didn’t ever really get the closure from her presence either.

Basically- you can’t lose with an Amy Harmon book. If you are a huge fan of The Law of Moses and The Song of David you are going to love this heart filled book about these three people. I don’t think Amy has told a story quite like this one before and for that I’m thankful. I’m glad she told it with The Smallest Part. If you don’t love what she did, I just don’t know what to say to you.

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