Í Read Ï As We Go Forth by Emily Wibberley ë DID I JUST DISCOVER ONE OF MY NEW FAVORITE YA ROMANCE AUTHORS THE ANSWER IS YES Look, one day I ll write a piece on what constitutes addicting, memorable reads, or maybe even how hard it is and what it takes for a fervently anticipated book to live up to the hype you ve built for it, and when someone asks me to name an example, I ll pelt them with copies of this book and tell them to see what I m talking about for themselves.
I ve made it no secret that I ll pick up anything this author duo writes Ever since I sneak read IF I M BEING HONEST 2019 back in early April of last year instead of studying for AP exams I loved it AND did well, so it was a win win, okay and picked up ALWAYS NEVER YOURS 2018 over the summer before college, I ve been solidly hooked I admit I have a special relationship with these books You know those old 2000 s Disney shows whose seasons span a period of time so you see both yourself AND the actors grow up at the same time, and it makes you feel extra close to the show It becomes nostalgic, relatable, and almost personal, in a way This is how I feel about these books I read IF I M BEING HONEST when I, like the MC, was an ambitious senior in high school And now, as a college freshman still getting over this weird transitional life phase, I get to read about TIME OF OUR LIVES s two MCs also trying to make sense of this uncertainty, and this emotion is captured so perfectly that I actually had to just stop and reread and admire because my sole thought put oh so eloquently was holy shit, this is it This, right here, is the feeling exactly.
But now you ask what is this book actually about, Nina, and what makes it so special Simply put, TIME OF OUR LIVES is about two college bound seniors with different outlooks on the future who meet during a time when a pressuring countdown clock hangs over them both Fitz fears the future Juniper races for it And through skilled author y sorcery, the reader relates to them both from page one even though, from the outset, they appear to be polar opposites.
I m gonna bring out the infamous List of Loves It s the only way to keep my thoughts straight when all I want to do is rave.
1 THE CASTIt s dual narrated this time with voices that are super distinct but still seamlessly connected To give a super quick rundown of the leads Fitz Holton cares deeply and is Worry Incarnate is a quiet soft shameless word nerd is very relatable for example, i, too, can only do one 1 successful push up before i immediately Die when realizes he has Feelings his plan is immediately just Juniper Ramirez will steal all your chocolate is fiercely ambitious and won t let you forget it could punch me and i d say thank you will fight u on occasion disrespect said ambitions and she will CERTAINLY fight u so beware 2 The dynamics, the dynamics, the dynamicsThere s so much to talk about here The exploration of something as commonplace but nevertheless terrifying as voluntary but radical life changes, and our reactions to it, is top notch Fitz and Juniper are foils but not, similar but not, messy and charming and vulnerable and so very real.
And it doesn t stop with our leading duo The writing knows exactly when and which threads of the intricate family relationships web to pull, too, whether it be the macro family unit or the microscopic sibling sibling relationships It s all there, and it s all real.
3 Acknowledgement of the weight the subject matter carriesFitz s mom has early onset Alzheimer s, and much of his decision making revolves around what s best for her With this initial setup, I was curious how this would factor into the overall tone of the book compared to its two fun rom com y older sisters, TIME OF OUR LIVES has an in your face, harsher, darker tinge, rom with less com, and less com and much CRY because heads up this will very much make you cry But it has to This is the necessarily harsh realness of it all, and the authors don t shy away from it This is a book that knows exactly what it s talking about, and I like it, nay, I adore it, for not taking the easy way out and sugarcoating.
4 The writingWe ve got that signature trademark Wibbroka Witty Dialog no one writes dialog like they do, you guys in addition to, I think, the writing s greatest asset its attention to detail Whether its physical detail, geographical detail, emotional detail, all of it Think The Raven Boys era Maggie Stiefvater s charmingly detailed writing but with humor that s actually funny sorry, Stiefvater There s attention given to the details that matter It s why it was so hard to stop reading and I ended up finishing TIME OF OUR LIVES in one sitting it s deeply, addictively immersive.
Notable mention also goes out to the way TIME OF OUR LIVES seamlessly integrates elements of THE GREAT GATSBY a book I slowly grew to love and love intensely after initial hatred everyone please take a moment to applaud my character development I love when a book can make me see a classic in a new light without obviously setting out to do so When done right, as is the case here, the fusion of classic and contemporary is as subtle yet impactful as a final flourish of a brush on a masterpiece.
And all that aside, it s the Roaring Twenties again, you guys, and look at these 2 books release dates Coincidence I think NOT.
If you haven t read this yet, I envy the fact that you still get to experience this book for the first time almost as much as you should envy me for actually getting to read it this early It s a vicious envy cycle, my friends no one talk to me i m NOT OKAY RTC A Boy Desperate To Hold On, A Girl Ready To Let GoFitz Holton Waits In Fear For The Day His Single Mother S Early Onset Alzheimer S Starts Stealing Her Memory He S Vowed To Stay Close To Home To Care For Her In The Years To Come Never Mind The Ridiculous College Tour She S Forcing Him On To Visit Schools Where He Knows He Ll Never Go Juniper Ramirez Is Counting Down The Days Until She Can Leave Home, A Home Crowded With Five Younger Siblings And Zero Privacy Against The Wishes Of Her Tight Knit Family, Juniper Plans Her Own College Tour Of The East Coast With One Goal Get OutWhen Fitz And Juniper Cross Paths On Their First College Tour In Boston, They Re At Odds From The Moment They Meet While Juniper S Dying To Start A New Life Apart For Her Family, Fitz Faces The Sacrifices He Must Make For His Their Relationship Sparks A Deep Connection In Each Other S Eyes, They Glimpse Alternate Possibilities Regarding The First Big Decision Of Their Adult Lives Time Of Our Lives Is A Story Of Home And Away, Of The Wonder And Weight Of Memory, Of Outgrowing Fears And Growing Into The Future unfortunately I am not het enough to fully enjoy this kind of romance but family vibes I received an ARC from Penguin Random House Canada in exchange for an honest review After reading Emily and Austin s first book, Always Never Yours, I was enchanted by their writing and storytelling I m not sure if Time of Our Lives is based on another Shakespeare play like their first two books but I still enjoyed this one for what it represented.
Once again, I find myself reading a book targeted to a very specific group of readers in an age group This book will definitely resonate with you if you re in the awkward window where you re planning to go to University college and whether or not you want to branch out, move to another state, or stay close to home In Time of Our Lives, we meet two highschool seniors from different cities and backgrounds Our heroine cannot wait to branch out, leave her cramped house, and go to a university far, far, far away from her loud and obnoxious family Our hero wants to stay close because his mom has early onset dementia and he s afraid of her losing everything and him losing everything that was normal They both have very complicated problems involving family Do they need to breakaway to find themselves or can they stay in their bubble and still do all the same This book is just heavily focused on university and self discovery Unfortunately, I found myself dragging my feet to pick up this book because I could not relate I m done university for three years now I never had these issues regarding leaving my city or staying I knew if i picked a major, I would stick with it While I appreciated how relatable it would be to future readers, I just didn t enjoy this one as much I also thought the story dragged a lot which resulted in a lower rating This book really didn t need to be over 300 pages.
So excited for of this duo I love this book, I love this book, I love this book, I love this book Add this to your TBRs, read it, love it I m Wibbroka s biggest fan Full, coherent review hopefully coming soonish ADD this to your TBRs My Blog Drizzle Hurricane books Twitter Bloglovin I received and early copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
originally published on The Nerd Daily Review by Mimi KoehlerTime Of Our Lives follows young Juniper and Fitz who are both about to graduate, with very differing future perspectives Fitz fears college and everything that it encompasses mainly leaving his mother who s diagnosed with early Alzheimer s Fitz is running against the clock, trying to figure out a way to make his mother understand why he wants to stay close to home, while she s trying to get him to consider colleges farther away and to live his life without worrying about her Juniper s the exact opposite She is constantly reprimanded by her argumentative aunt, always somehow in trouble for what her younger siblings get up to, Juniper can t wait to get as far away from home as humanly possible When Juniper and Fitz meet, each on their own college tour, two worlds collide.
At odds from the very first moment, neither seems to be able to understand the other Fitz questions why Juniper would ever want to leave her family whereas Juniper doesn t understand why Fitz would take on all that responsibility for a future that might not materialise until years down the line What they both begin to realise though is that sometimes, circumstances can t be what you want them to be, and sometimes, they re exactly what you need without knowing it.
You know that feeling when you re reading a story with two point of views and can t wait for one to be over so you can read about your favourite character again Yeah, this wasn t the case here I was equally invested in both Fitz s and Juniper s individual journey and even gladder when their paths collided Fitz s storyline, especially was such a refreshing one to find in young adult contemporary Instead of being selfishly ignorant of other s needs, Fitz feels compelled to sacrifice his future to keep his mother safe and happy Even his stilted relationship with his brother Lewis was beautifully explored and showed that sometimes, by trying to protect the people we love, we end up hurting them But this is a book filled with second chances, with realising that family comes first but doesn t mean that you yourself aren t important, too Both Fitz and Juniper learn from each other and end up becoming better versions of themselves by showing what the other might not see because they re too close to their family.
Sure, there were some awkward YA sentences thrown into the mix about how the guy isn t aware of how hot he really is and the girl does seem to be getting over her relationship way too quickly considering she wanted to spent her future with another guy, but that still didn t take my enjoyment of the story away.
All in all, this was a wonderful contemporary about two people anticipating and fearing their futures and coming to grips with the realities of having to leave their home to build their own identity away from the places they ve grown up in I d recommend this to anyone who is about to graduate and has some existential fears about leaving those they love to figure out who they themselves are A beautiful story about what it means to grow up, grow apart and find the way back to the ones you love.
Not their finest cover but I love the title I love the old title even As Forth We Go