A Review of And By The Way

The great thing about writing, is you come across greatness in all sorts of places. Well, Luna’s Little Library is a great blog about books. And here is their review of And By The Way…

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How did I get the book? I bought it because Luisa Plaja recommended it to me.

Genre: Contemporary

First Impression: Looks cute.

Synopsis: At Strandbrook College, we are Kids Of. Kids of diplomats, media stars, musicians, artists, actors, oh, and wealthy people who aspire to all of that. I’m the kid of a rock star. Means nothing to me.
When Mum died, six months ago, I didn’t just lose her, I lost my dad, ‘The Rockstar’. To work.
But now I don’t trust anyone or rely on anyone. That way, I won’t get hurt.
My best friend Rachel won’t let me pull back though. And that’s a problem.
Another one is David McFadden, a guy in my class (who calls me the Ice Queen). He says he wants to help. Six months ago, he could have – but he didn’t. Now, it’s too late. The very last person in the world I’m going to listen to is David McFadden. I’ll show him who’s Ice Queen.

200words (or less) review: And By The Way is the perfect example of a cover giving you a different impression. I asked Twitter for contemporary romance recommendation and Luisa Plaja suggested this. So I was expecting romance, aww and good writing. All of those things are in there but this book is so much more.

Sixth months after her mother died Alex is angry at the world, her father and David McFadden. She doesn’t know how to talk to her friends and is systematically cutting herself of from everyone. If you aren’t close to anyone then it can’t hurt when they go – can it?

For me this book is about complex relationships and the fallout from loss. By keeping her heart safe Alex is hurting the people she needs the most. She doesn’t talk to her father and her friends don’t know how to help her. I don’t want to spoil the content just trust me when I say this book has everything you could possibly want in a contemporary title.

And By The Way is amazing in the way that it’s so believable. Alex’s actions make sense even when they are breaking your heart.

Recommend it?

Absolutely.

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