It was a hot summer day when I met him on the construction site next to my parents’ house. If I’d known then what I do now, would I have kept on walking? Manning was older, darker, experienced—and I’d trusted him when he said the story would only ever be about us. I’d held those words close and challenged fate, but I had lost.
A part of me is still that sixteen-year-old girl squinting up at Manning, but no matter how far I fall or high I soar, I’ll always be a bird without her bear and nothing without him.
When I close my eyes, I can no longer see her. The decisions I made were to push Lake in the right direction—away from me. But now that she’s gone, would I have made those same choices?
I’d walked away like I was supposed to. I’d kept my distance. I’d bent over backward to keep Lake pure, but she’s no longer that girl, and I don’t know if I can stay away anymore. I only know I don’t want to. She’s still everything I want and nothing I should ever have, but if anyone can move the stars, it’s her great bear in the sky.
“Those early days I met you…it was more like you were the light of my life. Maybe you knew right away that you loved me, but I had to resist it, or I would’ve caused us a lot of problems. The trouble with that, though, is that I fell in love with you anyway…And because I fought it so hard, that love is deep and unshakable. That’s how I know you’re the love of my life. That love is a part of me.”
“Wherever Manning went, I’d follow. If he wanted to live amongst the constellations, I’d move with him around an immovable universe, guided by starlight, and when we got separated, fate would light the path back to each other. Because you couldn’t move the stars–Manning and I were inevitable…”
“I’d trade all the letters I’d longed for from him and never received for the love story he now recited through smoke and snowfall.”
All I can say is finally. This book is the third and technically final book in the Something in the Way series and it tied together the other two books. I was very happy to see Lake finally get some guts and learn that she wasn’t anyone’s puppet. She moves out and makes it on her own without help from her family or Manning. It really resonated with me because I’ve been very independent for a very long time and I have always worked towards having the mindset that you can do anything you want to do as long as you set your mind to it and no obstacle is too big to overcome. Lake finally realized she is an individual and nothing, not even her family, could stop her from growing into who she was meant to become. That being said, it sucked that she had to experience this personal growth through all the heartache she endured but in the end I felt that it made her that much stronger of a person. Sometimes life changing events need to take place in order to push us in the right direction.
I will admit that I was not satisfied with some of the loose ends left open from this book. What happens to Corbin? What about Tiffany? Does Lake ever meet up with her parents again? What happens with Lake and Manning? While there are assumptions to be drawn, nothing was set in stone and it was supposed to be up to our imaginations how it all turns out in the future. I also was not a fan that Manning could just pop back in over and over and all was forgiven so easily. I’m happy for the couple but at the same time I was angry with him and I wanted Lake to have more respect for herself, soulmate or not. I would have loved a flash-forward to years down the road and where Lake and Manning end up. On a side-note, Corbin was way too sweet of a soul and deserved so much more than Lake ever gave him. I don’t blame her, but he was too good to her. There is another book planned for the series; fingers crossed it’s that flash-forward I had mentioned.
Move the Stars showed us readers what happens when you are forced to push yourself out of your comfort zone, either for the right reasons or the wrong reasons. Lake grew into a strong female-lead in the sense that she stopped taking other people’s crap and living for other people and she started living for herself. In real life, I have had a lot of decisions I have had to make that came down to was I doing something for myself or for someone else. At the end of the day, you can be surrounded by people who will support you and make you happy and they will support any decision you make. The right decision is always going to be the one that makes you happy (as long as you aren’t doing something crazy like robbing banks). Although the road to their relationship was bumpy and frustrating, Lake and Manning ultimately made the right decisions and found happiness in each other and that’s all that really matters.