Warning!!! I would suggest with utmost certainty that you read Small Circles before reading Three-Sixty because many things that happened in Small Circles IS mentioned in this book. So if you do not want to be spoiled or completely confused then do not read this book yet, read it eventually.. after you have read Small Circles If you have read Small Circles, then yes, please read Three-Sixty. Enjoy!!!
“Their small circle was complicated, but Audrina didn’t feel the need to take time and understand it. Bad things happened to all of them in the years that had passed, but it was inevitable that things would get better. After all, that’s what everyone says, right?” pg. 2 Three-Sixty by Megan Duke
“It hurt to be so close to him, yet it hurt just a much, being so far away.” pg. 34 Three-Sixty by Megan Duke
“It wasn’t quite what she wanted, but it was enough. She didn’t know why he was so important. She didn’t know how he became the only boy she’d ever loved. But he was.” pg. 38 Three-Sixty by Megan Duke
“Lots of something was always better than lots of nothing.” pg. 44 Three-Sixty by Megan Duke
“”But here you are, right in front of me. Always trying to pull me away. Most of the time, I can fight it. But sometimes, I don’t think I’m strong enough….”” pg. 95 Three-Sixty by Megan Duke
Three Sixty is a story about a group of friends. You may recognize two of them as the younger siblings of Larson Ashby and Jade Walbridge, but that does not mean you know them. Audrina, Paxton, and Larson meet Carter after he decides to spend the summer with his older sister Jade. Set during the summer before Audrina’s freshman year of college, over the course of those four months, the friends come face to face with jealousy, regret, freedom, and the true meaning of love. As a companion to the novel Small Circles, Three Sixty promotes the notion that it’s okay to be happy, even if you have to completely turn your life around, and start over, in order to achieve that.
I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars
I am so happy and thankful that there was more than one book in this series by Megan Duke. In the past I have read books that are written from the third person’s point of view, which for me, makes it somewhat difficult to connect with the characters. However, in Megan’s case, she does such a flawless job in the way she writes. She has an impeccable ability to draw readers into the story where you feel as though you are with the characters every step of the way.
I love the way in which this series is divided up. Instead of chapters, she divides her books by years (Small Circles) and months (Three-Sixty). There are some books where the chapters feel as though they are too short or just wayyyy too long-at times where you flip through the book just to see how much is left in the chapter. I never did that once in both her books. Doing this gives a very unique perspective into what occurs in the characters lives throughout the novel. Yes, this book is small, only 125, but there is so much that occurs during their summer spent together.
I really enjoyed (or not so much-you will get that comment only if you’ve read Small Circles) that Megan incorporated events that occurred in Small Circles, as well as events that predated Small Circles.
Just like with any other book that I have rated 5 stars (yes, I know I rate mannnyyyy books with 5 stars), your emotions will be bouncing around like a ball in a pin-ball machine. There were parts where I laughed, smiled, became frustrated, and even cried…
I really liked how this book included more of Audrina Ashby, who was introduced as one of the supporting characters in Small Circles. In Three-Sixty you experience seeing Audrina in a different light, especially regarding her relationship with Paxton. There were aspects of Audrina that I enjoyed, she seemed care-free and nice-mainly to her brother and his friends, BUT when it came to what was going on between her and Paxton, I was very frustrated with what she was doing. I felt that she was being extremely selfish in her actions and could not let things go. I understand that Paxton was the first guy in her life that really meant more to her than just friends, but sometimes things don’t always work out the way we expect them to. We have to learn to just move on and let it go, because you never know when another opportunity will come by. (I’m ranting, I know, but she was really frustrating me!!).
The new characters that were introduced in this book was Carter Walbridge (Jade’s younger brother) and Silas McFuller.
First, lets begin with Carter… let’s see.. how can I put this nicely… I ABSOLUTELY HATED THIS KID! Yes, emphasis on KID! Right away I could sense that I wouldn’t be a fan of him, and lo and behold.. I was right! He was arrogant, smug, and immature. There were so many moments where I honestly wanted to hit him upside the head a few times due to how he was treating people.
Now onto Silas McFuller. I don’t want to go into too much detail about Silas because I don’t want to spoil anything. Let’s just say that Silas was a great addition to the storyline and is a breath of fresh air-especially for certain characters in the series. And his character kind of reminded me of Simon Lewis (LOOKS WISE!).
The ending of this book was what took this book on a whole new level. It was absolutely and emotional and left me completely stunned after reading it.
There are many surprises in Three-Sixty that will literally leave you having to pick up your mouth up off the floor. Reading this book has really made me anxious to get my hands on Infinite Limits, the third book in the series. And of course this book shows you that it’s “ok to be happy” Megan Duke.
Again, I can’t say it enough, you really absolutely need to read Small Circles before reading Three-Sixty!!
I hoped you enjoyed this review!