- File Size: 1009 KB
- Print Length: 388 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 3955333450
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Ylva Publishing (July 10, 2015)
- Publication Date: July 10, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B010GEIYDO
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #312,310 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Claire is a wandering college student dealing with an over-bearing mother and absent father. Her only reprieve is the bar where she works with her bff Nina. One night she meets Robbie and Mia, two other college students who quickly become important in Claire's life. Mia in particular becomes someone who Claire loves spending time with, which leads this self believed straight girl to question what her true feelings are for her new friend.
This story is told strictly from Claire's POV, which was great for a questioning "coming of age" story like this one. It enables the reader to really get inside her conflicting emotions. both about who she wants to be when she grows up to what she's feeling for Mia. Also, the author did a great job in having conversations between the two romantic leads so that you even know what's going on in Mia's head...eventually.
I loved all the characters, from Claire (obviously needed) to the small supporting. It also didn't feel rushed, probably because the author was already planning a sequel. It was nice to have an entire book dedicated to the set-up, meet-up, and all the conflicting emotions of two people "coming out" and figuring what that means to their friendship and lives. The book doesn't shoot to clearing up all those issues in a nice little package because they are tough things to figure out and take time, which the author is giving.
It's not very often I give a book 5 stars. To me, that means I can't think of anything I would have changed to improve it, and I'm pretty nit-picky. This is a fantastic book, as is, and I would tell anyone who likes books in general to buy this. I can't wait for the sequel!
This is a wonderfully written story about a 19 year old girl named Clare, that falls for a girl for the first time. The story is written from the point of Clare, who comes from a very structured family with a very controlling mother (who, of course, drives her nuts). While her mother is pushing her to become a lawyer or to pick some other well-off professional field, Clare is still debating what she actually wants to do with her future. While doing so, she is going to university part time and working nights at a bar. Then, one night at work, she meets Robbie and Mia for the first time.
While Clare doesn't really pay them too much attention, her coworker/friend (Nina) becomes friends with Robbie. This prompts Robbie and Mia to come back to the bar another night to hang out. This time around Clare actually chats with them a bit, leading to a friendship being born between the four of them. Over time, Mia and Clare find themselves growing closer to one another. Then, one day it dawns on Clare that she might actually have feelings for Mia other than just friendship.
I really loved this book! It wasn't overly sappy or filled with annoying amounts of drama... It felt more real. The characters were well developed and Clare's thoughts & emotions were portrayed well. I became attached to the characters and found myself not wanting to put this book down. Upon finishing the book, I immediately wished the second one was out. I wanted to continue on and see what was going to happen to them next.
This was a difficult book for me to rate, because how I feel about the first half of the book is vastly different from how I feel about the second half of the book. But let me take things in order. First and foremost, I hate the POV in this book. I love the third person POV - it's my favorite! But I found myself extremely annoyed by the fact that it was written in the present tense. Now, at about 20% of the way into the book, I finally clued in to the literary device that connects the title with the style. And that was good for me. I'm sure most people would've clued in within the first five to ten pages, but high school was over twenty years ago for me so I feel pretty good that I can still be considered a semi-literate ape. It also connects to that transitional phase between high school and college, between teenager and adult, and the transitory nature of the turbulent feelings that period of time can engender. That all said, I still hated it. Every time I picked up the book, I felt like there was a tiny Rod Sterling in my head, narrating things for me. Probably not a problem for those younger than igneous rock.
So, on to the first half of the book. I had a great deal of trouble getting through this part. O'Beirne does an absolutely excellent job at capturing the sort of directionless apathy that a great many people go through during this time of their lives. Heck, I'm in my forties and I still feel like I don't know what I want to do with my life. And Claire brought all of that into crystal clear focus for me. I remember exactly that sort of paralysis of motivation when I was her age. My problem was, that even with the superb writing, nothing really happens in the first half of the book. It was long, interminable, actually, and I found myself putting the book down and reading others in between. Her characters did capture my interest, and I did find myself thinking about the book again and again, but if I wasn't actually reading the book for review, I might not have picked it back up. So my most generous rating for the first half of the book is 3 stars.
Then I got to the last half of the book.
The last half of the book more than made up for the first half. Here, the fact that O'Beirne somehow wrote all of those emotions that perfectly describe the terror and wonder and absolute joy of the first time someone has sex with someone who matters make the whole book. And the fact that she perfectly captures the insecurity of wanting it to mean more but not being sure how the other person felt about it and being too scared to ask, shows me that not only does she get it, but that those feelings must be universal. I loved that Claire, so unsure about where she wanted to go in life, was the one who was absolutely certain that she did not want to lose this relationship. And that she was able to completely understand how Mia kept talking herself in to not believing it could happen, because she kept trying to do the same thing. This part of the book would make me recommend this book to anybody. So the rating for this half would be somewhere between 4 and 5 stars, depending on which part I'm rhapsodizing about at the moment you asked me.
This book totally sucked me in, and made me care about the characters inside. So yes, at the end of the book, I find myself glad that I read the whole thing. But it took too long to get there. And I am uncertain whether I'd pick up the sequel, even though I find myself curious about what happens next.
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