One True Loves – Review

I’m not going to review this novel in the “proper” way. Instead, I want to tell you what it meant to me.

You see, I only read the first couple sentences of a blurb, if at all. I judge by popularity, the cover, genre, the author, all of the things readers aren’t supposed to judge a book by before reading it. Usually if it is popular, it is popular for a reason.

This makes me think of the quote, “if you read what everyone else is reading, you’ll think what everyone else is thinking.”

Alas, I have found a book that makes me disagree with this quote. If a book makes you think, it doesn’t matter what others people’s thoughts on it were. The only thing that matters are the thoughts you take away.

And, did I take away some thoughts.

I was conflicted, sad, angry, happy. Literally all over the spectrum. But what I felt is irrelevant because feelings are fleeting. What I thought, becomes the thing that sticks to me for years as I reflect on this book.

How can a person love two people? Who deserves your loyalty? Who is the right person to hurt for your own selfish desires? Do our decisions matter or will things eventually work out in their own way?
The answer is simple- love matters. Love isn’t just a feeling, it’s a thought. It stays, long after the recipient is gone. It changes us forever. That’s why we can trust love- true love.

One True Loves is a beautifully written novel that will certainly be on my list to revisit again someday. I blew through this book in one afternoon and fell in love along the way. I like that it made me question things, because there is never a black and white choice for all of the crossroads we come to in life. This is why we can never truly judge people for the choices they make without understanding the reasons behind their decisions. In this story, I found myself rooting for the outcome directly opposite to what I value and would consider “moral” for myself in real-life.

“Falling out of love with someone you still like feels exactly like lying in a warm bed and hearing the alarm clock.
No matter how good you feel right now, you know it’s time to go.”

Taylor Jenkins Reid is a persuasive writer and gifted storyteller. I cannot wait to read more of her work in the future! If you’re looking for a book with all the feels, this is definitely it!  5 stars and then some!

Happy Reading,
♥ Ashley


The Summer Remains – Review

IMG_9796editedI was in need of an ugly cry read for quite some time now. You know, I love a great and funny NA book; they make me happy and swoon over the guys, hoping to meet one of those book-boyfriends in real life one day. But sometimes I don’t need a happy ending, I need a book that breaks my heart and makes my eyes tear up over the story. And since The Summer Remains by Seth King made it on the Huffington Post’s list of Ugly Cry Books, I was hoping this novel would do the trick.

Summer Johnson is used to hospitals and doctors. And when she gets the news of having to undergo a risky surgery in three months’ time that may or may not end up with her being dead, she decides to go against doctor’s orders and live her life like a normal 24-year-old. In hopes of falling in love in her possible last few months on earth, she downloads a new dating app. But what she doesn’t expect is Cooper Nichols, the beautiful surfer boy who turns her world upside down in the best possible way. Continue reading “The Summer Remains – Review”