This love story takes place for more than a decade, there are a lot of ups and downs. Even though Lake saw Manning first, she has a sister Tiffany, that is 3 years older than her that wanted to sink her hooks into him. To me it seems like she's some sort of villan, but then again you feel for her. She's cold, calculating, and manipulative, but also caring and loving, but her bad moments weigh out her good moments. So she takes it upon herself to date Manning, he's reluctant at first, but takes her out along with Lake. Lake isn't too happy about it, but doesn't mind because there wasn't any other way to keep Manning around with her being sixteen and all. Their also from two totally different backrounds. Lake and Tiffany grew up in a great family, their rich, Manning not so much, he has a mysterious background, does construction and is barely making ends meet while attending college part time. You have to understand that Lake and Tiffany are totally different too. Tiffany is a sex pot, relies on her looks a little too much and a college drop out and seeks out attention from her father with bad behavior. Lake is the perfect student and perfect daughter, doing everything her father wishes, and this is why Tiffany loves and hates Lake, so she takes from Lake every chance she can get, whether it be attention, or a guy Lake can never have because she's under age.
Lake ends up visiting Manning almost every day while he's doing construction and invites him to be a counselor at a summer camp that she volunteers for yearly. Manning obliges and Tiffany tags along too, just because Manning is going. One night things take a turn for the worst, while Manning is going for a beer run for the adult counselors, he gets pulled over, the officer lets him go, but then he's arrested the next day, and gets convicted, and sent to jail for almost two years for being at the wrong place at the wrong time. Lake is devasted and writes him letters every week that he never reads, but Tiffany still holds on to him while he's in jail and visits him every month and offers him a place to live with her when he gets out. Lake is over the moon when Manning is finally released, but it's short lived when Manning and Tiffany end up married and Tiffany is that Something in the Way.
This would be a great movie from start to finish, from experiencing the beginning of young love that ended up becoming that sould mate, once in a lifetime, epic kind of love. There is a happy ending for Lake and Manning, although it took many years to get there. It sort of reminds me a little of This of Us in the aspect that all the choices that they made in the beginning were what made them who they are currently and that all the roads ended up back to just them. The drama was great, the 90's era the story setting was in, was awesome. I felt as though I was Lake living in that time and being a teen all over again. It was an emotional high with this story. If it was one day to become a movie, the only thing I would change is letting Manning and Lake have an epilogue. I would've liked to read about them getting married and at least having their first child, and Lake reconciling with her family and Manning getting justice for being wrongly accused, when he was sent to jail. Maybe the author will write a novella explaining the details, but if that doesn't happen there is always movie magic and this is definitely a story worth seeing.
The author has released the 4th book of Something in the Way called Lake & Manning that debuted 2/13/18.
Tiffany - Samara Weaving
Lake - Natalie Alyn Lind
Manning - Ben Barnes