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Back When You Were Easier to Love Hardcover – April 28, 2011

3.5 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

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Emily Wing Smith lives with her husband in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers (April 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525421998
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525421993
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,332,865 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have to say, this book wasn't exactly what I thought it was going to be, but I enjoyed it anyway. Joy is consumed by her relationship with Zan; it is how she defines herself. When Zan leaves unexpectedly for college with little to no explanation, Joy is convinced it's not because of her, but because of the extremely perfect, Moran town they live in. Unable to see the relationship from outside the box, Joy embarks on a journey to find Zan and get the answers she is looking for.

What I loved about this book was the ability to see myself in Joy. Everyone has a relationship in their lives that consumes them. A relationship where you lose yourself and feel as if the other person makes you who you are. No matter how good or bad the relationship actually is, you are unable to see it for what it really is.

Joy's journey is more about finding herself and how she lost herself than finding answers. This is a great read for anyone who has felt consumed in a relationship and lost it!
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Format: Hardcover
I don't know. I keep going back and forth on this one. I literally just clicked 3 stars. Started the pro list and changed it to four. Finished the con and changed it to two. Three. Two. Four. Three. Whatever. There were good things, and one big giant thing that irked me a lot personally. I'mma give you a pro-con list and let you decide.

PRO:
- Pacing was pretty good. A light, easy read. I don't know how to give my opinion about this without being SUPER spoilery... but let's just say that we peaked earlier than expected with a fake-out climactic scene and then the real climax never really came. I know this is a romance novel but that sentence was not a euphemism.
- Voice. Voice. VoiceVoiceVoice. Nailed it. To the point where if you get annoyed by teenagers you will definitely be annoyed by this. But mostly you'll just notice how conversational and real it feels.
- Adorable. Cutesy romance without being insta-love or forever love or anything other than what it is: a blossoming teen romance.

CON:
*deep breath*

The main character is Mormon, living in "Haven", Utah. "Haven" could be Provo or any other predominantly Mormon town. The main character spends most of the book complaining about how Mormon-y everything is. She is annoyed by Mormon people, Mormon traditions, Mormon trends, Mormon rules, everything. She mocks their clothes and their hair and their music and their food and their crafts and their kids and their parties and literally everything about them. She mocks their teeth, their language, their shoes, the fact that many of them play soccer and are hygienic.

I didn't know the main character was Mormon until around page 50 or so, when she explicitly says she is.
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Format: Kindle Edition
This was a book right up my alley. I definitely fit within the target audience for this book. I’ve read the mixed reviews on this book and can understand them but for me this book was a hit. I could totally relate to the main character Joy. I’m a good mormon girl who grew up in California and now lives in Utah. All the references to Mormon culture, expectations & rules made me laugh out loud more than once.

I loved the way this was written with flashbacks and short chapters full of humor. I admit this is not a book that will appeal to everyone but it is one that I really enjoyed reading. I’m adding Emily’s other book to my to read list.

Content: Clean

Rating: 4 Stars

Source: The Teen Book Scene Tour
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Format: Hardcover
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Wow. I don't really know how to explain my thoughts on this book. This is another book that is finalizing my decision to create a new rating system. Three stars doesn't seem enough and four stars seems like it's one of my favorites. I mean, yeah, at first when I started reading I was worried I wouldn't get into it. But it's one of those books that is just easy to read. Everything flows to where you read fifty pages and don't even realize it. Which makes it a fast read.

Nearly 300 pages could seem like a lot to some people, but the chapters are very short. I mean, a few chapters were only a page and only a few sentences were on those pages. Some of them were just lists.

It was fun to read, at first I thought it was kind of confusing because it was the start of the book and throughout the book it goes back in forth to when Jody was with Zan and then back to the "present" where Zan is gone.

The plot had me SO freaking curious as to what happened to Zan. I got sucked in and couldn't stop. I'm really glad that I needed to read this one next for BookDivas, because it was refreshing. The last couple of books I have read have been some type of fantasy. The last real contemporary novel I read, that didn't have some sort of supernatural, or magical element to it was Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes and that was back in August.

But anyway, on to the characters. At first I didn't really connect with any of the characters, even the protagonist/main character Jody. But after a while I started feeling bad for her. She had her heart broken, but she was also in denial. She was obsessed. So it made everything kind of 50/50 with me. I felt bad for her, but at the same time she could fix it and move on.
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