Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Review of If Only We by Jessica Sankiewicz


Synopsis: "They say all it takes is one wrong move and you lose the game. One false step and you’re trapped. One slip-up in your choice of words and you ruin a friendship forever. That is what they say. They say I lost.

I do not believe them.

At the end of the summer after graduation, Adrienne wonders what happened to cause her life to be in ruins. She isn’t getting along with her mom, her stepsister isn’t talking to her, and, to top it off, the boy she’s been in love with doesn’t want anything to do with her. She believes the turning point was a choice she made at graduation. When she wakes up the next day, she has been transported back three months to that moment, the one where everything started to fall apart.

Adrienne realizes she has been given a second chance—and this time she doesn’t want to mess anything up. Reliving the entire summer, though, turns out to be a lot harder than she thought. As the same days and weeks go by, she starts to see how simple decisions can make a huge impact on the world around her. Despite knowing some of what lies ahead, there are some things she didn’t anticipate. She thought she knew what mistake led her to where she ended up the first time. She was wrong.

And by the time summer is over, she discovers what was really at stake."

My Review: A wonderful Debut novel! Full of well developed characters and a very thought out storyline. It is a real page turner, once you start reading it is hard to put down. I loved watching Adrienne develop and grow through out the book, how she slowed down and starting thinking about how her actions and words would affect those around her. Jessica did a great job of not letting the romance overshadow the other important elements of the story, at the end you feel very fulfilled even though not everything turns out the way you expect.
  My favorite quote from the book: "He chuckles. “Where did you go just now?”
I shake my head. “Just somewhere in my head.”
“Where in your head?”

“The part that is extremely grateful to have you in my life.” "
My Rating: I really enjoyed the way this story progressed, some romance but not the instant make believe kind and it didn't take over the story where there were so many bigger issues to work through for the characters. A great debut novel!! I give it a rating of Four Paws and a Stump Wag!
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