Bryan Kept The Tension Throughout
4 out of 5 stars
I will give Where Are You credit – the amount of times I thought to myself “are they really going to end up together?” First because it just didn’t seem like it was going to happen – then later on because it felt like everything was keeping them apart. I can definitely give Bryan credit here. She did a fantastic job of keeping the tension there and ever-present throughout almost the entire book.
Where Are You was one of those books that if it had gone a different way I probably would have hated. But I think that Bryan was able to embellish on the realism enough that it worked. There were a few scenes (later in the book) where even I was like “really?” but, they only appeared a few times and didn’t take away from the book.
The two main characters were pretty much opposites, but the irony was the shift that happens from the beginning to the end of the book. Bryan is able to write these characters and grow them in such a way that they start off as one person and end up as another (while still being fundamentally the same person if that makes sense). She shows was growing up does to people. What it does to relationships. And what it does when you stop putting your health and well-being first.
I enjoyed this one and found myself smiling throughout it – even at the parts that stressed me out. Bryan kept me interested and definitely wrote a book that felt real. The love in it felt appropriate and was definitely something that they had to try for.
The narration by Justine Eyre was perfect for this book. She had the right voice and the right accents for each character. I thought her narration added a bit of warmth to the book, even during some of the colder scenes.
Her first love disappeared…
Ten years later, a strange twist of fate forces a life-changing decision.
Surrounded by strangers at her Cambridge initiation, the chronically shy Erin suffers a panic attack in the middle of the atrium. Out of her depth, she decides to flee, University is not for her. And that’s when she blunders into a foreign student from Italy.
Gianna is confident, sassy and eccentric, everything Erin’s not, and for some reason, she’s taking the timid girl under her wing. But she has a secret, and it’s one she can’t even tell her new best friend.
It should never have happened, they were so different, yet unexpectedly, they fall in love.
Then Gianna disappears, breaking Erin’s heart and throwing her back into a negative spiral of loss.
A decade later, the now Dr. Baker has moved on. Or so she thought.
When fate repeatedly conspires to remind Erin of her lost love, she must decide whether to risk destroying everything she’s built to find her. But after so long, will Gianna be happy to reconcile? Why did she disappear so suddenly? And why has Erin not heard from her since?
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