When a bestselling debut novel from mysterious author J.Colby becomes the literary event of the year, Emiline reads it reluctantly. As an adjunct writing instructor at UC San Diego with her own stalled literary career and a bumpy long-term relationship, Emiline isn’t thrilled to celebrate the accomplishments of a young and gifted writer.
Yet from the very first page, Emiline is entranced by the story of Emerson and Jackson, two childhood best friends who fall in love and dream of a better life beyond the long dirt road that winds through their impoverished town in rural Ohio.
That’s because the novel is patterned on Emiline’s own dark and desperate childhood, which means that “J. Colby” must be Jase: the best friend and first love she hasn’t seen in over a decade. Far from being flattered that he wrote the novel from her perspective, Emiline is furious that he co-opted her painful past and took some dramatic creative liberties with the ending.
The only way she can put her mind at ease is to find and confront “J. Colby,” but is she prepared to learn the truth behind the fiction?
This was my second book I’ve read by Renee Carlino and so far this is my favorite. This quickly became an all time favorite book for me and will most likely make it onto my top reads of this year. This is so different from typical NA romance books. Renee Carlino is a fantastic writer if you are not familiar with her books…
I love the whole story behind this. It’s a book within a book. How the story unfolds and how our main character, Emiline finds herself as well as learning about her past in one of the most COOLEST ways!
Who doesn’t love second chance romances?! I EAT THOSE UP! Second chances make some of the sweetest stories ever because of the relationship in the beginning – I just find them the best. I love that the characters have known each other pretty much their entire lives, became best friends, hung out with each other, grew up together, E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G.
I always find writing reviews for books that I absolutely adore are the hardest to write. There’s nothing to pick at because it was all done PERFECTLY. All I want to do is just gush about this book. It’s very difficult to find the right words to fully describe my love for this book!
Renee has such a unique writing style – it’s just so pretty!
Have I convinced you to buy a copy yet? Seriously… This book is just gush-worthy. Everything about this is just gorgeous!!!!!