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Saorise and ruby meet in a very unusual fashion. Ruby is a cousin of Oliver, who is the nemesis of Saorise. Saorise’s mother has early onset dementia and has put in a group home. Ruby and Saorise but there are problems because Saorise does not want to reveal all her fears and secrets to Ruby. I found the plat, very interesting as it revolves around a great deal of emotion and drama in the family. I recommend this book for all who like a romance novel with a different ending.
Let me preface this by saying I have never written a book review before so I will try my best to be as spoiler free as possible while giving a good idea how I felt about this story. The main reason I bought this book was because it was written by an Irish author about an Irish character with an Irish name. It was so refreshing to read about secondary school and leaving cert instead of high school and SATs. I enjoyed finding the Irish expressions and slang terms and thinking "Oh, I say that like that!". Honestly, I felt like I could identify with these European characters more than I ever have with a teen novel set in the US because the whole setting felt more familiar. That being said, I genuinely enjoyed the plot even though it was a bit predictable. I'm a sucker for happy endings and the book does have a happy ending, even if it's not the one most people wanted. The most important part is that Saoirse grows during the novel and ends up with what she really needs in life: a good support network, people that understand and share the experiences she's been through and can help her deal with them. The relationship with Ruby teaches her to think about her problems in different ways and to rely upon other people more. Some of the scenes concerning Saoirse and her mother made me choke up, I feel like they really convey the helplessness and loneliness Saoirse feels in these situations and how she doesn't know how to deal with her own thoughts and feelings. I like the way there were switches between happy and sad scenes. In principle, the story is set up like a typical, cliché romance novel/film but that's the whole point of the plot so it doesn't take anything away from the story and explains the predictability of some plot points and their timing. All in all, the book is a quick and easy read with lots of relatable terms and situations for Irish people. It deals well with the emotions and actions of a teenager and how she learns to grow and deal with her problems. It also contains a cute love story and a fun friendship, as well as family troubles. I would absolutely recommend it to anyone looking for an easy and fun read that is just a bit different.
I read this because I read her second book, Not My Problem, which was sweet and engaging and absolutely hilarious.
This book is funny too, when it wants to be, but I cried through most of the last 75 pages or so.
It's touching and thoughtful and the characters are charming in different ways (the romantic leads have chemistry, but honestly I think the strongest chemistry in the book is between Saoirse and Oliver, and I say this as a certified lesbian.)
The sad parts are because Saoirse's mom has dementia, and the book doesn't shy away from that. Don't get the wrong idea--it isn't a broody, miserable, wallowing kind of story. The main character wallows, as she should, but the book doesn't. It's not unnecessarily sad, it's sad because losing parts of your loved one is sad.
There are light parts, too. Romantic gestures. Enemies-to-frenemies. Swan stealing.
The book is good, that's what I'm trying to say, even if it's not as carelessly happy as the title suggests.
I’m floored by how affected I was by this book. I want to go back and reread or even listen to the smart mouthed mc, Saoirse, spill her secrets and angst in an Irish accent in the audiobook.
It’s the summer between what would be high school here in the US and the start of college. She’s waiting for final exam results and possible entrance to Oxford. Saoirse is also nursing her first broken heart. All of this pales in comparison to the hardship of dealing with a mother who has early onset dementia and a father who at times, seems lost as well.
Saoirse is an intelligent charmer who meets life and circumstances with an acid tongue and teenage entitlement. She had me happily rolling in laughter at her retorts and just as quickly crying as I watched her struggling the way you do at that age, always feeling like you’re alone and believing no one else could possibly understand what you’re going through.
There’s a girl, of course, who makes things better but Saoirse has to learn the hard way that the only way to heal and grow is to take a chance again at love and life.
For all the Rom-Com movie fans, this one pays homage to some of the best. I immediately watched Imagine Me and You again after I was done. No graphic scenes in this one. Five big stars.
Okay, the first 200 pages are a huge "YES". It is funny, cynical, and cute at the right moments. Both the father and his new gf have really cool personalities, and Oliver as well (a friend). However, the last chapters were a bit lame for me. To the point I had to wait a month to write a review just to see if it was a temporary feeling.
I'm not sure how I feel about this book. Its very Irish and even having grown up just over the sea in South west Scotland a lot of the irish-y things went over my head. This book is also very teenage. I'm 19 but mostly I read romance novels about thirty-somethings. It was a change of pace. There was a stretch where I found it arduous. It's a much sadder book than I was ever anticipating and I'm not grownup enough to see the ending as fair and realistic. God damn it *SPOILER* I wanted them to stay together! On a more serious note this book deals with a lot of heavy topics that I just was not anticipating to wade through, some of which really hit a little too close to home. A fantastic depiction of teenage psyche here, I would say. And bang on verbalisation as to what attraction feels like.
I loved this book. It’s got the right amount of consistency of funny/witty and some in depth stuff. It’s quite original I think and I love the contrast between ruby and saoirse. Although the book is very Irish I think it added on more to it. I, myself an irish, loved it thoroughly!
Fast burns can work out and this book proves it. Loved Ruby, I would date her myself. More than the romance, I loved the family drama the main character has. It had me crying when this was supposed to be a romcom.
If you're thinking about getting this, I say why not?