The Day That Saved Us by Mindy Hayes follows the unforgettable story of Peyton Parker and Brodee Fisher as they spend their last summer together as best friends before going off to college. I had no idea what to expect when I started, but I highly enjoyed it.
This book had been on my TBR list for a while since a friend pointed it out a few months ago. Because I had lived most of my adult life near the beach in San Diego, I’ve recently gravitated more toward summer reads and beachy settings since I’ve moved, and I knew I’d love this book from the start. Mindy Hayes does an exceptional job capturing the essence of summer through Hatteras, a North Carolina summer destination. But that wasn’t what I loved about The Day That Saved Us—it was the beach setting that got my attention, but it was the characters that drew me in and wouldn’t let me go.
The complicated, multifaceted relationship between Peyton and Brodee will have you both smiling and yelling as Mindy takes you on a rollercoaster ride through their lives as they adjust to adulthood. I thought the way the story was split into two parts interesting, with each lead getting a narrative, and while at first I missed Peyton’s perspective, I loved Brodee’s just as much. I almost wish I had gotten both from the beginning straight through to the end.
I highly recommend this novel to those who love YA/NA contemporary, beachy books, complex characters, and books that give you all the feels.
You can find The Day That Saved Us on Amazon.
About the Author (from Amazon)
Mindy is the youngest of six children and grew up in San Diego, California. After graduating Brigham Young University-Idaho, she discovered her passion for reading and writing. Mindy and her husband have been married for nine years and live in Summerville, South Carolina.
She is the author of the YA fantasy series, The Faylinn Novels; the adult contemporary romance series, The Willowhaven Series; as well as the coming of age standalone, The Day That Saved Us. Her latest release, Paper Planes and Other Things We Lost was co-written with Michele G. Miller and released on June 6, 2016. Mindy is currently working on Glimmer, Faylinn Novel #4.