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Back When You Were Easier to Love Hardcover – April 28, 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
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!
- 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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Rating: 4 Stars
Source: The Teen Book Scene Tour
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I want to give this a better rating, but really, when you don't like the heroine, who just so happens to narrate the book too, and being in her head is annoying, it's hard to like... Read morePublished on February 26, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Aahh, teenage love! Great, right?! Pretty torturous really. Especially if you're Joy. Her boyfriend, Zan abandoned her. To make matters worse, she has no idea why. Read morePublished on January 8, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Zan is gone and Joy's world has fallen through the floor. Having only moved to the town of Haven, Utah a year before she's left with few friends and most are mildly aggravated with... Read morePublished on August 7, 2011 by Danielle M. Smith
Back When You Were Easier to Love is a perfect read for the summer - its not too heavy and not too light... it is just right. The pace of the book is also just right. Read morePublished on July 26, 2011 by Patricia Leppla
Back When You Were Easier to Love by Emily Wing Smith
Dutton Books, 2011
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Like many things in life, my feelings for this book are a little complicated. I didn't love it or find myself sucked in by the amazing story, but I didn't hate it either. Read morePublished on July 15, 2011 by The Flashlight Reader
Very well written! Enjoyed this book; this one I liked better than her first book. Maybe it's because the cheesy dramatizations of teenage girls always amuses me and I think,"I was... Read morePublished on July 12, 2011 by Amazon Customer