Before We Were Strangers was one of those books that made me believe that a second chance with your first love is not impossible. That if two people are meant to be then they will always find their way back to each other no matter what happens.
Here’s one of Matt’s quotations in the book:
“You can’t re-create the first time you promise to love someone or the first time you feel loved by another. You cannot relive the sensation of fear, admiration, self-consciousness, passion, and desire all mixed into one because it never happens twice. You chase it like the first high for the rest of your life. It doesn’t mean you can’t love another or move on; it just means that the one spontaneous moment, the split second that you took the leap, when your heart was racing and your mind was muddled with What ifs?—that moment—will never happen the same way again. It will never feel as intense as the first time. At least, that’s the way I remember it. That’s why my mother always said we memorialize our past. Everything seems better in a memory.”
Read my full review of Before We Were Strangers here.