Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Review ~ What If (If Only... #2) by A.J. Pine

What If (If Only..., #2)eARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: December 8th 2014

Publisher: Entangled Publishing

Sometimes it takes letting go of the past to find out who you want to be.
During his semester abroad, Griffin Reed almost gave his heart to a girl who loved someone else. Lesson learned. Now he’s home, where following in his father’s footsteps may not be what he wants, but it’s what his parents expect. It might be taking the easy road, but he doesn’t see a way out.

Something that could have killed Maggie Kendall took away the person she used to be instead. Her condition makes her dependent on sticky notes, photos, and medication just to get through each day. The last thing she needs is a distraction—or someone new to disappoint.

What they refuse to see is they are perfect for each other. Maggie makes Griffin want to be a better man, and he makes her believe a future is possible. But these two have to find a way to share the secrets ripping them apart, if they’re ever going to have a chance at happiness.

My Opinion

I'm really not sure about this book. I've put off writing this review hoping that something would come to me but it hasn't. So, please bear with this review.

What If was a strange read for me. On one hand it hasn't drawn many emotions from me and on the other something kept me reading. I think I expected it to be more emotional than it was and because of that I feel a bit let down. I didn't really sympathise with Maggie. She never engaged me in a way where I was routing for her. It's not easy to say why, but I found her a little repetitive and even though she had a problem, it felt she made it a lot bigger than it was. Of course I've never been in that situation so I don't know how realistic it is, but from what came across in the book that's how I felt.

I did like Griffin more. He had less repetitive chapters and was easier to connect with. I thought he dealt with Maggie well, and the way he came to terms with his true feeling for her was good. I would have liked more information in the aspects of his life you don't see in this book though. He supposedly makes these big decisions but they're always relayed after the event and sometimes I wanted to be present for them--if that makes sense.

In general the storyline was okay. I don't think it was anything spectacular, and I've read a lot of NA romances like this that I prefer, but I wouldn't discourage someone from giving it a go. I think I just had a hard time connecting with this one and it wasn't for me, but it may suit someone else better.


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