Patch-Up (Patch-Up #1) by Stephanie WitterPatch Up by Stephanie Witter
Published September 2013
Series: Patch Up #1
Genres: New Adult
Format: ARC

Note: I was granted an advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my rating or the content of my review.

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Skye followed her long time boyfriend to Seattle for their first year of college, but he dumped her after only a week. The relationship brought only pain and destruction in Skye's life, and yet, she can't bring herself to open up and live her life.

"What if I am already broken into pieces?"

She hates to be touched, hiding under her oversized shirts and behind her wild frizzy hair. Even her bubbly roommate can't reach her. And yet ...

"I'm the guy who knows how you can hurt so much that your insides feel like they're cut and bleeding."

The tall, handsome, and tattooed TA in her psychology class changes everything when he literally collides with her and confronts her. For the first time in a long time, she wants to try and open up to this guy whose dark, intense eyes can't hide his own pain despite his dazzling smile getting to her.

However, just when she's starting to live again, her ex-boyfriend comes back, breaking her time and time again, making it all the more complicated.

She wants to fight for herself and for this building thing with the TA, even when he pushes her away, but can two broken people patch each other up?

"I never thought colliding with someone could change lives, but it is possible."

There’s nothing that can bring Skye Walker, young freshman college student, out of her shell. Skye has wonderful parents and a bubbly roommate, yet she is uncomfortable around others, avoids physical contact and meeting new people, despite the numerous efforts of her roommate Kate.

Her parents believe Skye is still pining over her 3-year boyfriend Sean, who dumped her a week after college started. Yet, the situation is more complicated – in ways that leave Skye damaged and broken. Only Duke Ashdown, her psychology-class TA, seems to be able to see into the depths of her soul and pinpoint the truth.

Seeing as Skye and Duke are both broken in different ways, their souls connect instantly and they manage to patch each other up…

To sum it up, Patch Up is a story about two broken souls, two halves being able to complete each other. Duke and Skye have that instantaneous connection, but since they haven’t felt that way for another person in so long, they don’t know what to do about it and end up hurting each other more than helping each other find their way out of their gloom. But soon enough, they understand how they benefit from each other’s presence and find a way to function together despite of the threats that arise.

I found Patch Up to be a rather short story – because I was done with it on a single day. But that might as well be a positive thing. I was sucked into the story right from the start. The pace was perfect, and the book didn’t hold any boring moments. Every part of this book mattered, which is very important to me as a reader.

The author, Stephanie Witter (who by the way is a fellow French lady, so kudos to her!) has a great writing style and a perfect choice of words. And despite the whole story being kind of dark and heavy, she still managed to introduce some lightness to it with Kate – Skye’s outgoing roommate.

If you’re looking for steamy scenes, Patch Up will probably disappoint you. However, it is loaded with feelings and heavy with emotions, which are put into words in a breathtaking way. I am very rarely as emotionally affected (heart-racing and all!) as I was when I read the scene of Skye and Dukes’ first kiss!

The reason I am giving this read only 4 stars is merely because the story could have been a bit more detailed. It wouldn’t have hurt to find out more about Duke’s past, and maybe even something a little more about Sean, Skye’s abusive ex. I also would have liked to read more about Duke and Skye’s budding relationships – ie. some everyday scenes rather than only the milestone scenes – just to understand how they help each other slowly getting back to normal, and adjusting to their new situation.

Another point I didn’t appreciate (although I didn’t mind that much) was that Duke had an insta-love crush on Skye although from the author’s description, Skye was not exactly the hottest girl in town, so to speak (with her baggy clothing and all). He started to pursue her right away, and I would have found it more plausible if he would have started to pursue her after bumping into her a few more times and finding out more about her. And last but not least, it was kind of hard to believe how quickly Duke made Skye open up and realize she had to speak up to everyone about her hardship, which she almost does in a heartbeat once she pours her heart out to Duke. But once again, I didn’t mind this detail as much.

In the end, Patch Up was a very nice read, and I am definitely looking forward to the sequel (and more from Kate and Derek), hoping that Stephanie Witter will do a good job, because I am often weary when it comes to sequels. But Patch Up is in no way a cliffhanger, it has just the right ending – so much that I was actually surprised the author is planning a sequel! So don’t worry – you are safe to read the first part without necessarily suffering from withdrawal and utter need for Part 2 afterwards :)