Thursday, November 15, 2012

Review: Back to You by Priscilla Glenn

Summary/Cover Image from Goodreads:
When Lauren Monroe first laid eyes on Michael Delaney back in high school, she had every reason to stay away from him; within minutes of their first encounter, his volatile actions confirmed his notorious reputation. But Lauren saw something in him that caused her to question his bad-boy persona, and against her better judgment, she took a chance. She had no way of knowing that the unlikely friendship they formed would become so important to her.

Or that it would end so painfully.

Eight years later, when Lauren begins her new job at Learn and Grow Day Care, Michael is the last person she expects to see. Refusing to revisit the hurt and confusion of their past, Lauren vows to keep her distance from him. But staying away from Michael proves to be more difficult than she thought, despite her lingering grief and her instincts for self-preservation.

As Lauren and Michael recall the friendship that changed them forever and the events that tore them apart, will they finally be able to heal? Or will the ghosts of Michael’s past prove to be too much to overcome?

When I was first heard about Back to You by Priscilla Glenn, I knew it was the book for me, because not only was it contemporary chick lit, but it also was a YA/Adult crossover. Seriously, it can't get much better than that for a book lover like myself. Thankfully, Back to You was an incredible read! It was heartwarming and heartbreaking. It contained kick ass characters as well as unexpected plot twists and a swoon worthy romance. Best of all, it introduced a fabulous new talent in indie fiction!

Back to You introduces the character of Lauren Monroe, a girl I liked from the get go. She was funny and honest and I loved how real Priscilla made her. What I liked most about Lauren, though, was seeing her evolve as a person not only in high school but in her adult life as well. Each transformation featured some incredible character growth and made me even more dedicated to the story. I also enjoyed the addition of Michael, Lauren's best friend from high school and the boy who stole her heart. Michael was the typical bad boy hero was a great heart. However, even with that somewhat typical character cliche, my enjoyment of the book didn't detract one bit since I adored Michael. I loved how sweet he was with his daughter as well as how much he wanted to make things right with Lauren. I especially enjoyed the fact that it was a split POV between him and Lauren. It added a lot of fun to the book in a he said/she said kinda way!

Another great thing about Back to You was the plot. Typically, with contemporary fiction, there isn't many twists and turns, but with this one, there were plenty, and it made it all the better in the long run. I loved the constant will they or won't they get together sub plot. This book also included a love triangle, but surprisingly enough, I really enjoyed seeing it. It added a lot of tension and another obstacle in the will they/won't they plot line.

Lastly, Priscilla's writing was great! She did a great job of switching between POVs and time periods. I also give her props for creating such real characters and making their emotions jump of the page and come to life.

In all, Back to You is a book I highly suggest you pick up this fall season. However, word of warning: it's a read in one sitting kind of book!

Grade: A

Back To You (Amazon, B&N, Goodreads) is now out!

Source: Author- thanks Priscilla! 


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