Tuesday, August 2, 2016


By: Renee Carlino
Published By: Simon & Schuster, Atria
Releasing: August 2016
Details: Advanced readers copy from Publisher for honest review.


Blurb: Goodreads

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?

BOOK REVIEW by Michelle:

How are you supposed to feel when you find out your childhood friend Jase, who knows your deepest, darkest secrets wrote a book with you in the starring role, about your desperate childhood and most of it was true? 

What do you do with that?

All names changed of course.

Twelve years have passed and Emiline’s life is better, but Jase’s life has gone onto bestselling stardom at her expense under the pen name J.Colby.


Emiline enlightens her roomie, who has already read the book, and she keeps telling her to keep reading and get to the end of the book!

What does Emiline do?

She reads every page, because if she didn't I wouldn't have been reading a book within a book.


Twelve years is a long time to be separated. I think I personally would have turned to the last chapter in desperation and read it, once I realized this was our story, my story. I would have skipped all the bits in between as I knew my life, even though J. Colby had taken fictional liberties, and then gone back and filled myself in on the rest. My curiosity would have been too strong, this was the boy who I’d loved, who had looked out for me. We’d shared so much. I would have wanted to see how J. Colby saw our ending ASAP.

That's just me. :) 

This is a story that will pull at reader's heart strings. Two kids living as neighbors in love challenged homes. 

From the rubble comes hope. 

I really loved reading about grown up Jase. The man is sexy. I personally would have enjoyed reading a lot more about them in the present, giving me that something extra.

I adore Sharon and Cyndi.

Another great read from Renee. Such a cool idea the concept of reading a book within a book. I’ve loved her past works and will always read a Renee Carlino book.


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