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My Skylar Paperback – June 2, 2014
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Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author. She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor before switching to a more family-friendly career. Penelope lives for reading books in the new adult/contemporary romance genre, coffee and hanging out with her friends and family on weekends. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 11-year-old girl with autism (the inspiration for the character Callie in Gemini) and a 9-year-old boy, both of whom are the lights of her life. Penelope, her husband and kids reside in Rhode Island. She is the author of RoomHate, which hit #2 on the New York Times Bestseller list and #1 on the Wall Street Journal Bestseller list. Her novel, Stepbrother Dearest, also spent four consecutive weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list. Other works include the New York Times bestseller Cocky Bastard (co-written with Vi Keeland), Sins of Sevin, My Skylar, Jake Undone, Jake Understood and Gemini. Email Penelope at: email@example.com Newsletter Signup: http://bit.ly/1X725rj Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/penelopewardauthor Facebook Fan Group (Request to join!) https://www.facebook.com/groups/715836741773160/ Instagram: https://instagram.com/PenelopeWardAuthor Twitter: https://twitter.com/PenelopeAuthor Website: www.penelopewardauthor.com
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** SPOILERS **
Mitch and Skylar meet when they're kids at 10 and 11 but after a few months Mitch has to move away. Then she sees him at a party when they're 15 and 16. They become friends again but Mitch refuses to be more than friends because he's afraid to screw it up after growing up with his parents and their problems. Sick of all the girls he dated she went on a date with someone where Mitch follows and jealously makes him kiss her. He still tries to fight it but after awhile admits to her that he wants them to try for something more only to have her tell him she has Hodgkins Lymphoma and is moving to New York to her Dad to get treated.
After nearly two years of only seeing each other on weekends, Skylar is in remission and is back home Shortly afterwards she finds out Mitch got a full ride to Boston University that he declines because she just got back. She makes him go and they get to see each other periodically. She finds out that due to her high dose of chemotherapy it destroys her eggs so she'll have a hard time conceiving and a higher chance of miscarriage. Knowing Mitch wants kids and afraid he'll grow to hate her, she breaks up with him.
After graduating high school she interns at a design firm in Manhattan. During that time she meets a girl named Charisma and Skylar ends up hooking up with her friend's cousin and gives him her virginity. But taking advice from her closer friend she realizes that she should've told Mitch the truth about the likelihood of being infertile. She calls him only to find out they are in each other's cities, declares her love. She admits she slept with someone and asks him if he has only to find out at one of the two girls is Charisma. Knowing that Mitch loves Skylar she devised a plan to keep them apart . . . hence befriending Skylar. Charisma also tampers with the Mitch's condoms and becomes pregnant and Skylar can't handle it and leaves.
Five years later Skylar moves back with her fiance Kevin whom she doesn't love but feels safe that he won't emotionally hurt her. After running into Skylar at the store, Mitch starts watching her house from his car, until he has car problems and accidentally calls attention to himself. Shocked that he's there, Skylar invited him in and talk finding out that after his son Henry was born, Charisma bailed because Henry had autism. After that night Skylar and Mitch will occasionally meet for dinner and one night stopping at his house, Skylar unintentionally meets Henry and is charmed by him. She also finds out the Mitch hasn't touched a woman in 5 years after the Charisma incident.
Knowing that she's also attracted to him, Mitch and his friend Davey devise a plan to have her decorate a house he's building in Virginia so he can woo her away from Kevin. After some hesitation she agrees but before leaving finds out Kevin got a promotion and that it's in California. In the evenings after working on the project, they hang out and Skylar fights to resist him. When she tells him about the move to CA, Mitch declares all bets off and uses everything he can to have her leave Kevin and stay with him. On the final night they're in Virginia, Skylar realizes that she's not happy with Kevin and sleeps with Mitch intending to break it off with Kevin when she returns home. Kevin however has been spying on them and knows they are together. They break up and Skylar and Mitch start their life together. I like that Mitch wasn't quite a manslut and had only slept with a couple girls before seeing Skylar when they were teenager and only a couple girls after Skylar broke up with him in college.
The tears. good lord, the tears. How much heartbreak and loss can you handle? If you’re in the mood to ugly cry, grab a box of tissues, move away from people and get ready to let the feels take over.
I hate cheating books. I hate love triangles. I hate. I hate. I hate. They make me all angsty-faced and queasy and put me on edge in a bad-uncomfortable way and I usually avoid them like the plague. So, I was really unbelievably nervous about this book – I shouldn’t have been.
I hated what’s-his-face from the start. No really. He doesn’t get a name here. When we dive into the book, Skylar’s living with That Guy Who Makes Her Feel Safe and Mitch is sort of stalking her. We later find out why he’s channeling his inner Christian Grey and it’s not nearly as creepy as you’d think.
I am in awe of Mitch. I loved every single piece of him. I loved his stalkerish ways, his loyalty, his weeping orgasms, his backwards Yankee hat, and the way that he looks at Skylar. I loved it all. Skylar is one incredibly tough girl. However, as she ages she loses a bit of her strength and I hated that for her. It’s like the cancer sucked that sass and spark right out of her. I wanted her to fight for Mitch. I was heartbroken and devastated when she didn’t.
But not to worry, as I said before, Mitch is perfection. He’s dominant without being overbearing and sensitive without being weak. He suffers through so much and he never.ever.failed.me. If you haven’t yet noticed, I may love Mitch. My Skylar is a serious sexual simmer that rages into an inferno as soon as the plot allows it. OHMYGOD.
At the end I was a ball of mixed emotions, so turned on and yet crying wildly. I’ll just be over here wiping the tears from my chin. Loved this book!
A friend has been raving about the greatness of Penelope Ward for months, and while I have been intrigued, even purchasing a couple along the way, even starting Sins of Sevin around the time of its release, I hadn't gotten through one due to other obligations. When I won a copy of Jake Undone in a giveaway, my resistance and excuses were gone. I quickly got through it and had purchased Jake Understood before I even finished Undone. I read through Understood just about as quickly....what can I say? Jake really is one of a kind and one hell of a book boyfriend. By the time I finished Understood, I had purchased both Gemini (which I still need to review, but I was too anxious to move on to My Skylar to take the time) and My Skylar.
We first met Skylar, and B, er, Mitch in Jake undone, at a point that would be about 1/3 of the way through My Skylar. Skylar was definitely a memorable figure in Jake Undone and I'm truly not sure if she needed Nina more or if Nina needed her more in that one. Together they were certainly heartwarming, if making a bit of an odd friendship. For what both were going through, it made sense, and I am so happy in reading the other books that their friendship has remained strong. Jake Understood has some spoilers to My Skylar, but they are welcome ones, especially as their appearance in Jake Understood goes several years further in the future than where My Skylar ends. So, if you loved My Skylar, and haven't read Jake Understood yet, you will definitely want to do that now. I truly hope that Ms. Ward has something else up her sleeve to further follow up with Mitch and Skylar, Jake and Nina and Allison and Cedric as I fell hard for all of their stories and want more, more, more of all of them (especially Jake, but I digress.)
That was my very windy way of saying I had a good idea of who Skylar and Mitch were going into this, and I knew one huge obstacle they would be facing early on. It didn't make it easier to read about, in much more detail, but I knew it would be coming and I knew that Skylar would be pushing him away a bit at that point. I didn't know about their years of friendship before that ordeal, nor did I know the way they pined for each other. From Jake Understood I knew glimpses of what would have to be quite an ordeal for them, but knowing that could not prepare me for the pain of the entire story.
All four of these books had plenty of angst, and plenty of difficult situations that the negative reviews seem to think are impossible for any one couple to go through. I guess I've seen more than my fair share of the darker sides of life and relationships, because there was only one thing in the 4 books that I really had any trouble accepting....and just because I have never seen it first hand doesn't mean it couldn't happen.
I have no idea if the fact that I am happily married in my own second chance romance that I have often said I won't write because readers would think it was too far fetched has something to do with my reactions, but I felt for Mitch and Skylar so much, and I she'd real tears at several points in their story - which is another rarity for me. There is so much angst, and yes, much of it they brought on themselves through insecurities and not communicating with each other, but anyone who thinks that doesn't happen in real life....well, I guess I would like to know their secrets or find the planet they live on, because it certainly has not been my reality. I certainly feel communication is the key to a healthy, lasting relationship, but is it really so hard to believe that insecurities get in the way of that every day? Especially when you are talking about a story that starts when they are teens? And throw in a life threatening illness? One negative review I read really slayed me - one that couldn't believe that a 16 year old with cancer wouldn't want to know about sex. When I was 16 everyone I knew wanted to know about sex, and as I am now a mother of teenagers I am quite sure that hasn't changed a bit. When you add a potentially terminal illness to the mix? Of course she is going to be curious. Plus the way an ordeal like that is going to force her to mature in ways her peers can't fathom. But at the end of the day, Skylar is just a girl who lost over a year of her teenage life to dealing with and worrying about things no child should ever be confronted with. That is going to forever change her outlook.
I have gotten way off track with this, but since I have a bad habit of reading bad reviews, I had to let some of that out. I loved all 4 of these books that are sort of connected, but My Skylar had the biggest emotional impact on me. For someone who reads voraciously, in many genres, it honestly takes a lot for me to invest emotionally in characters I am going to spend a scant few hours with before moving on to the next story. Mitch and Skylar got that emotional investment from me, through all the ups and downs of the emotional roller coaster they were on. I am sure that they, along with the Green family, will stay with me for quite some time to come. Those reasons in and of themselves easily make this a 5 star read. My final addition here is that it is not all angst - there are some laugh out loud funny moments, some really fun (and some truly evil) supporting characters, some super sugary sweet moments and characters. There is just a whole lot of the full range of human emotion portrayed here. I will definitely be catching up on more works of Penelope Ward.
For 18+ audiences only for some steamy hot and pretty explicit sexual scenes. Trigger warning gor main character fighting cancer.