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"So intensely personal, you can feel the honesty coming off the page." - Ana's Attic Book Blog

"Wow. Mind. Blown. This book is simply fantabulous. This book grabs your attention and keeps you reading until you are at the very last page. You start bawling your eyes out at parts and try reading through the tears blurring your view. I was at the edge with this book." - Devoured Words

"This book was such an emotional journey to read and was beautifully written touching on such a difficult subject. I was so impressed with this book and Tara Sivec's ability to tackle such a big issue." - The Boyfriend Bookmark

"Tara Sivec has really outdone herself this time. She has proven that she is a versatile writer and can be successful within multiple genres. Watch Over Me is by far her best book to date and I cannot wait to see what she will come out with next!" - Books and Motherhood --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

Book Description

Addison Snow is your typical teenager. She has a family that loves her, friends that make her laugh, and she's wrapped up in the excitement of graduating high school and going off to college to pursue her dream of becoming an author. When her mother, who also happens to be Addison's best friend, dies unexpectedly, her world comes to a crashing halt.

Death changes everyone...

To make the pain go away, Addison and her father travel down separate, dark paths. She chooses to end her grief forever, while he drowns his sorrows in the bottom of a bottle. How do you learn to live again when the most important person in your life is gone?

Addison struggles to pick up the pieces of her life. Instead of getting back to being the carefree teenager she once was, she's stuck handling all of the responsibilities that should have been her father's. She has no time to grieve, no time for emotions, and no time for happiness...until Zander Reinhardt walks in. All it takes is one little handwritten note on a napkin to kick-start her back to life and help her realize that maybe there's more to that life than pain.

But can it really be that simple? Can she really trust this man who makes her feel alive again for the first time in a year?

Addison and Zander both have secrets they aren't ready to share. When the truth finally comes out, is it enough to tear them apart or has something bigger than themselves always been watching over them, pushing them together, making sure they both get their happily ever after?

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace (June 14, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 148953993X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1489539939
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (264 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,490,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"It's life. It's the bumps and bruises, the pain and the fear; It's messy and it's real and it's not some perfect little story that can tied up in a bow."

I'm going to be honest with you. I kind of didn't want to read Watch Over Me by Tara Sivec. I love Tara Sivec. She has become a friend to me, and her hysterical Chocolate Lovers Series is still on top of my all-time favorites list. But I knew Watch Over Me was sad, not funny. I didn't want the whore to make me cry. And she warned me…. I was also scared she would put me in a funk, and I'd have to give my friend a bad rating. (And yes, I would. I would give my own mother a bad rating if it were deserved. It wouldn't be easy, but I would.) Well luckily, I worried for nothing. Though yes, this book made me cry, several times; it also had a happy, hopeful, healing thread throughout the whole story. I gobbled it up in one shot, with mascara dripping down my face.

Addison had a great life, she was a cheerleader, she had friends, was happy. Addison and her mom were best friends. I get this, because I am ultra-close with my mom, and still, when something is wrong, or something good happens, the first person I call is my Mommy.

"Most people probably wouldn't understand the bond my mother and I shared. Daughters typically hate their mothers through most of their teenage years and sometimes into early adulthood, but I never did. Maybe it was because I was her only child, or maybe it was because it was so difficult for her to get pregnant with me. Whatever the reason, we had a relationship that many envied. Our bond was forged through years of it just being the two of us.
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I found myself skimming through parts of this book. They're were a lot of flashbacks and conversations with her therapist. I use the word conversation loosely as there wasn't much dialogue in this book. It was a little boring and not much really happen in the book. I would have liked a little more conversation from the two main characters before they fell in love instead of just telling me that they hung out every day. I'm trying to come up with some good parts I liked about the book but I'm finding it hard. I guess Zander was pretty sweet. So if you can't find anything else to read and you like books about grieving with a little romance thrown in, sure, give this a try.
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I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is definitely a deviation from Tara's other books. Watch Over Me deals with serious subject matter of loss, grief, and recovering from that. Addison loses her mother her senior year of high school and her dad doesn't deal well, or at all, leaving her to take on the responsibilities of an adult. This story is about her journey with her grief and how she learns to accept what's happened to her and her family and how to move on. The love story between her and Zander is secondary to her recovering from the loss of her mother and in a way her father as well.

This story made me really sad, but like I said it was serious subject matter. This book is more reflections or flashbacks. There isn't much dialog. I think many people can relate to Addy's sense of loss and how her life was put on pause following her mother's death. Her and Zander's love story was sweet. It left me feeling melancholy even though there was an HEA.
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By Roxy Yoss on March 21, 2014
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Watch Over Me

I started reading this a couple of days ago, and yes, it did take me a couple of days to get through it. But not because I didn't enjoy it. Rather because I didn't want to give it up.

I was completely enthralled by Addison's character from the very first moment that she was introduced to us.

"Death changes everyone."

I can't even begin to imagine the pain in which she is in. All of the suffering and sorrow. And to top it off, a Father that isn't helpful in the least. She lost her mother when she was in High School. And because her dad decided to hang with Hard Liquor and give up on his life to become an Alcoholic, she had to grow up and take care of everything in her life. Mainly, her mother's business. I don't know how she was able to do it on her own.

She struggles to keep it together until Zander Reinhardt starts leaving her notes on napkins at the bakery shop that she runs. There is something about the beautiful boy that calls to her. She feels comforted by him.

I love that he didn't give up on her. He was extremely persistent. Very cute in the way in which he would approach her and "court" her. It was very beautiful. He woke her up from her slumber. Because of him, she decided to give life another shot and start living.

The characters do have their struggles when Addison finds out what truly connects them... But, she realizes that she needs him more than anything. She gives "them" a chance.

I definitely enjoyed the epilogue that we got with this book. It was beautiful. I definitely teared up on that one...
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