“His music holds the heart of America…but his soul holds a terrible secret.”
Chart topping pop musician Cory Minor has it all—fame, money, more women at his disposal than time to spend on them. He’s living the life most American men only dream of. Until an ordinary concert in Springfield threatens to destroy everything he’s worked for.
As he and his band leave the arena for his next show, Cory’s tour bus crashes into two teenage girls, killing one girl instantly and leaving the other barely clinging to life. Lawsuits are threatened, tabloids are talking, and Cory’s idyllic world falls apart. But what no one knows is that this scene is all too familiar. Because this isn’t the first accident Cory has caused. This isn’t the first time he’s destroyed someone else’s life to save his own.
It’s just the first time he’s had to face it head on.
Small town girl Samantha Dalton has no one—no mother, no father, and now no sister. She’s lost everything in a world that celebrates excess. So when Cory Minor shows up at her doorstep offering money and apologies, she turns him away too. You can’t lose what you don’t have, and she can’t take another letdown, especially not from someone who has managed to rip away all she had left. Samantha has been fine on her own for years, she’ll be fine now too.
At least that’s what she tells herself.
But Cory won’t leave. He’s persistent in the worst possible way.
Will Cory’s determination to make things right pay off in the end, or will Sam keep pushing him away until there’s nothing left to fight for? How can two people learn to rely on each other when life keeps hurting them both?
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This book, wow. How to describe this reading experience? I read the first half with a knot of dread in my stomach, but that sounds terrible even though it wasn’t. No, fellow readers, that knot was one of shared grief and anguish with Sam, a grief that was so visceral that the constant stinging of tears threatened to obscure the page and interrupt the surprising kinship.
And then that knot in my stomach turned to butterflies. Exhilarating, breath stealing butterflies because Cory (who I was quite prejudicial towards considering his affinity for destructive behaviour and arrogant facade) dropped the veil of superiority and wealth to reveal a complex, compassionate, and conflicted young man. Torn between running from his past, atoning for his present, or stumbling towards an unfulfilling future, Cory must earn the right to be in Sam’s life.
These characters are flawed in the most relatable way. There is no easy fix for their circumstances, nor is there a way to sugar coat their realities. The Whys Have It is an unfiltered portrait of life behind the glamour of fame and the emotional destitution that comes from isolation from family either through loss, illness, or anger. The themes here are mature and Matayo grants readers unprecedented access to the uncensored psyche of her characters, seamlessly transitioning from a male point of view to a female voice.
As the book drew to a conclusion that knot of dread sank back into place, for no other reason than I had to bid these cherished characters goodbye.
*Disclosure: I was provided with a copy of this book by the author. All opinions in this review are my own.**