Title – Black Box
Author – Cassia Leo
Publication Date – March 10, 2014
Mikki and Crush have crossed paths twice before, but they’ve never met. Their first encounter changed Mikki’s life forever, but their second meeting left them both scarred from a violent attack.
Three years after the attack, Mikki and Crush both book a flight to Los Angeles to escape the memories of the past and expectations of their families. Crush plans to record a song he wrote for a girl he doesn’t even know: Black Box. He’s never felt his life had any purpose, until he meets Mikki in Terminal B.
When Mikki and Crush cross paths for the third time in Terminal B, neither has any idea who the other person is; until they slowly piece together their history and realize fate has more in store for them than just another love story.
Black Box was one of the most emotionally taxing, gut-wrenching stories I have ever read. As heavy as the material was, the book was beautifully written and incredibly gripping. It left me questioning fate and luck and how much control we have. Furthermore, it had such a compelling connection with music – which is something I totally relate to. Black Box ultimately touched me in ways that I didn’t think a book could!
“Fate is for fairy tales. It’s a romantic notion. Luck is what happens when you’re in the right place at the right time…with the right person.”
Black Box is the journey of Crush and Mikki – and boy is it a rocky one. These two have been inexplicably intertwined even before they knew it. They’ve helped save each other from numerous pit-bottom times in their lives. Black Box allows them to reaffirm a bond and leads them on a continuation of their paths – but now they walk it together. There were times where it was a story within a story – but it just worked so well for the overall tone of the book. Crush and Mikki each learn to enjoy and appreciate life again, but only with the help of each other. It was a heartbreaking, poignant tale that tugged on every single heart string I have.
“Fate can save you and it can kill you. Either way, fate binds us through an invisible web of circumstances. Change one undesirable fate and another desirable fate is cancelled out.”
I also loved the incorporation of music because it helped to carry a tone for each chapter. I’m a person who lives through music so having that extra component made the book that much more special for me. Learning the story of the Black Box and then seeing how it was relevant to their own story was one of my favorite parts. Something about this book just resonated deep within my bones and I have a feeling it will be a while before I am able to let it go. I highly recommend this book, but be warned that there are some pretty big triggers present. If you can get past that though, it’s a powerful read with a strong message – one of hope and faith and luck. It’s a journey of perseverance and love – and a lesson that sometimes, we just need a friend.
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