Nothing Less by Anna Todd
Series: Landon Gibson #2
Published by: Gallery Books
Publication date: December 6, 2016
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
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The hectic pace and noise of New York City don’t stay on the surface: they get into you, affect you. Landon Gibson has always been the nice guy, the one who would do anything for anyone — selfless to a fault. And while he’s not on some mission to lose his innate kindness, he’s realizing he needs to stick up for himself more, to figure out what he wants and not be shy about it.
Especially when dealing with an ex-girlfriend who runs hot and cold — treating him badly one day, then proclaiming her need for him the next. And maybe even more especially when faced with the mysterious Nora — a girl with at least two names and a thousand sides to her, some of which really want to jump him, some of which keep pulling her away.
If there’s a mystery at the core of these relationships, Landon also knows it’s the mystery of finding a great life. He just wants someone to call his own. So here’s to hoping that the battleground that is dating in New York isn’t just a little too advanced to him.
You’ve taken it all from me. There’s nothing left to give her. You have it all.
Featuring this two part story of Landon Gibson in my Marathon Series Review, Nothing Less continue the “I will unlock a top secret profile type of intrigued” that I talked about on my previous blog post.
Here, the story was introduce with a prologue of him having a daughter who couldn’t sleep by counting ponies — “a blue one, a red one and a grumpy yellow one” and talked him out for a cookie before going to bed (adorable, I know!). Obviously, Landon finally got his own happy ending but before he got where he was, he have to endure some serious ex trouble and a mysterious girl problem.
After Landon found Nora with a trash bag full of clothes, it was clear that the relationship between them changed. Landon knew that there was something going on and he felt a compelling need to take care of her. But Nora carried too much baggage. She did not want to be fix neither need a knight shining armor to save her from her sh*t. With Nora keeping secrets, could she promise Landon not to tell lies?
Nothing Less was written on both Nora and Landon’s POV. See a pattern there? By now, you could have guess who was the woman he got a happy ending with that I mentioned awhile ago. The story focused mainly on how Landon unlock the mystery behind Nora and what was the history behind him and Dakota.
The back story that I wanted to know in Nothing More was mostly given here in this book. The mention of Dakota’s past shone a light on why she acted self-absorbed or angered and what made her and Landon stuck on each other. I know that her horrible past would never be an excuse to treat Landon the way she did but I rooted for her and realized that her character was complex, flawed and human. She might started as an unlikeable but for me she, somehow, was able to redeem her character at the end of the story.
I also learned that Nora, even before they’ve all moved to New York, have her eyes on Landon. She have said several times that she was not looking for another relationship or her and Landon could never be together in a real way but she never kept her distance with him. She even pushed Landon towards her. If Landon was frustrated and confused? So did I!
Being able to read Nora’s voice with the constant truth game she had with Landon, it was never been enough. I didn’t knew her until all the secrets came out seven pages (yeah! I literally count the pages) before the story ended.
For Landon’s character, I couldn’t say that he morphed into a butterfly. He changed a bit but at least, he was able to man up and have the choices on his own. He might have hurt Dakota for choosing Nora over her but he was still the Mr. Nice Guy I knew he was who once let himself tangled in a web.
I admit that this was much better than Nothing More. The story got some depth of clarity with an underlying issues on suicide and bullying. I couldn’t say that I loved it but it was definitely more engaging and I’m happy with the way things turned out for Landon and Nora.
Wrapping this series up, Nothing More and Nothing Less is a story that tells us that we cannot always put everyone else on top when we have nothing more to give and we cannot give what was already taken from us. It was learning that believing we are supposed to live our happily ever after with our first love is a tragedy. Our choices will always let us find that spark of fire that will lead us to forever.
Again, here I leave you an unofficial playlist of Nothing Less that I made which was also listed by Anna Todd in her book. Let me know what you think with this Marathon Series Review and leave your comments below.