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If Only We Paperback – September 4, 2013
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Jessica is the 28-year-old author of IF ONLY WE, a YA contemporary. You can often find her either reading or marathon watching TV on DVD, her favorites being Castle and Veronica Mars. She frequently mismatches her clothes and giggles uncontrollably. She knows almost every Billy Joel song by heart. She collects books and toys, and she has an intense love of cats and lemurs. Currently in the midst of her quarter-life-crisis, she is still takin' names and getting very close to reaching an epiphany.
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Adrienne gets a second chance to live her summer before college over. The first time didn't go so well, and one day she wakes up in her bed at her mothers house living graduation night all over again.
She realizes that she has a chance to make different choices and hope that it changes everything that went wrong for the better. There are so many up and downs for poor Adrienne. She is a sweet girl, who is in love with one of her best friends, and wants to make sure she doesn't ruin her friendship with Chevy again. Her best friend and cousin is willing to help any way she can.
While Adrienne decides she doesn't want to take the path her mom has set before her, but that leads to a lie. Meanwhile Adrienne is trying to decide what she really wants to do with her life, while making her mother think she is actually going to her internship every day.
Although I personally, would never wish to relive any day of high school again ever. I enjoyed reading Adrienne's story. I loved watching her grow into the woman she becomes. I love Chevy. He is a swoon worthy boy to follow :). He is kind and scared. hehe. He and Adrienne are. It's fun to see how things unfold between them.
This was a sweet story of starting over, making hard choices, mending fences, uplifting relationships that are struggling, and being there for the people you love. I really enjoyed this book.
It's never easy to admit to your best friend that you have more than friendly feelings for them. That's exactly what Adrienne does the night of her high school graduation. She tells Chevy she wants to date him and he crushes her hopes by telling her he doesn't feel that way about her. Devastated, she decides to leave town for the summer. When she comes back, Chevy's dad has passed away and their friendship has been damaged beyond repair – not because of her confession, but because she wasn't there for him when he really needed her. She wishes there was something she could do to salvage their friendship and her wish is granted. She's given a second chance to go back and make things right.
"Not everything in life is going to be perfect. Until we can accept that, we will never truly learn how to live. We can pull through the bad times and come out renewed, ready for the next challenge. Life is what we make of it. You just need to be there."
Adrienne's sent back in time to the morning of her high school graduation. She has a lot of decisions to make about how to handle everything in her life: her friendships, familial relationships, everything. As she's reliving these times, she realizes that not everything can be fixed. Some things are meant to happen and regardless of what you do, you can't stop them. She learns valuable lessons about life and love, friendship and herself along the way.
I really enjoyed If Only We. The concept was intriguing. It reminded me a bit of the movie Thirteen Going On 30. Adrienne was a very likable, relatable heroine. After all, who among us hasn't made a mistake and wished they could go back and undo the damage they did? She was determined to fix more than just her friendship with Chevy. She wanted to fix her relationship with her sister and her mom. She wanted to keep Chevy's dad from making the mistakes that ultimately led to his death. She wasn't shallow. She was selfless and honestly trying to fix everything that went so wrong the first time around. I liked the friendship between Adrienne and Chevy. They were sweet together. This book just left me with a warm, fuzzy feeling – something I definitely like in my young adult reads.
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All quotes come from the review copy and may differ from the final version.
Adrienne was a great character - strong and determined, creative and kind. She wasn’t perfect - she made mistakes, she was insecure at times, she told lies to protect herself - but it made her more realistic. She learned a lot of hard life lessons that summer. The theme of second chances played a big part in every aspect of the book, from Adrienne’s career choice to her relationship with her family to her relationship with the boy who broke her heart. She realized life isn’t always black and white, and she also realized that when life gives you a second chance, you don’t question it, you grab it with both hands and you make the best of it.
I really liked that this story dealt with tough subjects like alcoholism. A lot of authors shy away from things like that, but Jessica tackled it in a way that was true to life. There was a nice balance of the big things - family issues, a mother with unrealistic expectations, uncertainty about the future, a friend’s father’s alcoholism, unrequited love - and quiet, small moments of everyday life, which I appreciated. Those little moments are part of what I love most about contemporary books, because they give you a chance to relate to and connect with the main character.
A sweet and uplifting story about second chances and love in many of its forms, If Only We is a great contemporary story that I think will appeal to people of all ages. It’s one of those books that could be considered either young adult or new adult - Adrienne has just finished high school and is on the cusp of adulthood, learning big life lessons.
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