Review ➳ One True Loves

27189194Title: One True Loves

Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid

Genre: contemporary / romance

Publisher: Washington Square Press

Synopsis: In her twenties, Emma Blair marries her high school sweetheart, Jesse. They build a life for themselves, far away from the expectations of their parents and the people of their hometown in Massachusetts. They travel the world together, living life to the fullest and seizing every opportunity for adventure.

On their first wedding anniversary, Jesse is on a helicopter over the Pacific when it goes missing. Just like that, Jesse is gone forever.

Emma quits her job and moves home in an effort to put her life back together. Years later, now in her thirties, Emma runs into an old friend, Sam, and finds herself falling in love again. When Emma and Sam get engaged, it feels like Emma’s second chance at happiness.

That is, until Jesse is found. He’s alive, and he’s been trying all these years to come home to her. With a husband and a fiancé, Emma has to now figure out who she is and what she wants, while trying to protect the ones she loves.

Who is her one true love? What does it mean to love truly?

Emma knows she has to listen to her heart. She’s just not sure what it’s saying.

*Thank you to Washington Square Press for providing me with an ARC of this book! (Keep in mind that this does in no way affect affect my opinion on it.)*

 

I had absolutely no idea that I would love this book so much. I had zero expectations. I expected just your average, slightly boring love story, but boy was I wrong. And I am so, so happy about that. Continue reading

Review ➳ You Know Me Well

27158835 Title: You Know Me Well

Authors: Nina Lacour and David Levithan

Genre: LGBTQ+ / contemporary

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Synopsis: Who knows you well? Your best friend? Your boyfriend or girlfriend? A stranger you meet on a crazy night? No one, really?

Mark and Kate have sat next to each other for an entire year, but have never spoken. For whatever reason, their paths outside of class have never crossed.

That is until Kate spots Mark miles away from home, out in the city for a wild, unexpected night. Kate is lost, having just run away from a chance to finally meet the girl she has been in love with from afar. Mark, meanwhile, is in love with his best friend Ryan, who may or may not feel the same way.

When Kate and Mark meet up, little do they know how important they will become to each other — and how, in a very short time, they will know each other better than any of the people who are supposed to know them more.

 

You Know Me Well was both everything I wanted it to be and nothing like I expected it to be. The two main characters, Mark and Katie, had excellent chemistry, and everything about them being together was so perfectly natural. The story takes place in little more than a week (Pride Week!!), and yet both of them, along with their friends, had these spectacular character ARCs. They had to realize what they really wanted, and they had to grow out of their comfort zones, take risks, and learn to accept that not everything will always be laid out so perfectly. You have to give yourself a little push, sometimes, to finally go the distance. Continue reading