Review of The Girl and Her Ren by Pepper Winters

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The Girl and Her Ren was, honestly, nothing like I thought it’d be. The characters weaved their way into my heart and left me raw, heartbroken and downright inconsolable from the sheer power of their story. It’s truly astonishing and it will have a special in place in my heart. Always.

Pepper Winters, I have no clue how you got through this. It was hard for me and I was just a visitor. You, you breathed life into them. I just—it takes a lot of strength. I understand why you would wake up at night wondering if you were making the right decision.

So, before I begin, I’d like to mention that I did not review The Boy and His Ribbon. Not because I didn’t want to, but due to my urgent need to continue reading their story and finally have that moment of catharsis. Well, it was short-freaking-lived.

Gosh, I finished this 20 minutes ago and I can’t even find some quotes without choking up. Ren Wild. You have officially destroyed me.

Alright guys, I honestly wanted to spruce up my review with the beautiful quotes that create The Girl and Her Ren, but I can’t open that book up again (for now). So without further ado, let’s get on with this sobfest.

My Review

Ren Wild and Della Ribbon were inseparable. Even during their four separations and everything that followed, they carried a piece of each other. They were perfectly imperfect, each flaw a testament to their love. However, their story was far from easy. In fact, it was one of the hardest journeys I have ever witnessed. My eyes were filled with tears for the last 20% of the story, and what made it even more difficult was that they never saw it coming.

I just hope they find each other one day. If I could wish for one thing, it would be for Della’s fifth birthday wish to come true. They deserve that and so much more.

Ren is Della’s wild animal and Della is Ren’s little blue ribbon. An eternal love.

“I love you. Forever and ever. For always.”

Tears are streaming down my face as I type this. I feel like a complete mess. I became so attached to Ren and Della, and seeing them grow and succeed only to have it all taken away is too much to bear. It’s just so unfair. I’ve been wanting to express this since I began writing this review, but I wasn’t sure if it was worth mentioning. However, I’ve come to realize that life is never fair. We have to live it to the fullest, just like Will Traynor said. Memories are what we have in the end, and they’ll always be with us.

It’s going to take a lot of strength to get through this if you haven’t already taken the plunge, but it’s worth it. Every single cough, blue ribbon and wild-eyed look. One will break you. It’ll take a hell of a toll on you psychologically, but it’s a masterpiece that deserves your eyes. So live it, breathe it and love it. Unconditionally.

“Love can’t be confined to pages or photos or memories—it’s forever alive and wild and free. Romance comes and goes, lust flickers and smoulders, trials appear and test, life gets in the way and educates, pain can derail happiness, joy can delete sadness, togetherness is more than just a fairy-tale… it’s a choice.”