Monday, 2 February 2015
Review: What If - Rebecca Donovan
Cal Logan is shocked to see Nicole Bentley sitting across from him at a coffee shop thousands of miles from their hometown. After all, no one has seen or heard from her since they graduated over a year ago.
Except this girl isn't Nicole.
She looks exactly like Cal's shy childhood crush, but her name is Nyelle Preston and she has no idea who he is. This girl is impulsive and daring, her passion for life is infectious. But Nyelle is also extremely secretive. And the closer Cal comes to finding out what she's hiding, the less he wants to know.
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I loved Rebecca Donovan's breathing series so of course as soon as I heard about her new stand alone novel What If I knew I had to read it. She has created another emotional story with great characters and I'm sure her fans will love this novel.
This is actually a really hard book to review though, not because I didn't enjoy it but because I would hate to spoil it for anyone so I'm going to keep this deliberately vague. What If is a story about friendships, it introduces readers to four childhood friends who grew apart when one of them moved away and another started hanging out with a new group. The story is told from Cal's point of view in the present but we get to see flashbacks told from Nicole's, Richelle's and Rae's perspectives and it is through these flashbacks that we gradually learn what happened to them and why they started drifting apart.
The focus of the story is the friendships between the four main characters but it also has a lot of great themes about living life to the fullest and being the person you want to be rather than trying to live up to other people's expectations. It's about following your dreams and taking chances so that you're not looking back with regrets. It's also about how childhood friendships can shape you and the importance of being true to both yourself and the people you love.
I know this review is vague but if you like coming of age stories and you enjoy a good mystery then I'm sure you'll love What If. I was already a fan of Rebecca Donovan but I'll definitely be keeping an eye on her to see what she comes up with next.
Source: Received from Penguin in exchange for an honest review.
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