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    After high school Sydney's friends scattered to different colleges across the country. Over Thanksgiving break they are reunited, and much to Sydney's surprise, she discovers that her best friend has kept quiet flame for her for years. Sydney is faced with making an impossible decision: stay with the perfect boyfriend or go for the best friend who s always loved her?

    Rachel Turner Ward studied English at Brigham Young University-Idaho, graduating with an emphasis in Literary Studies. She has contributed to several online publications, including Mormon Mommy Blogs and SheSteals. She has written a personal blog since 2009, Trapped Between a Scream and a Hug. Her first book, Dear Jane, was published in August of 2016.

    Overall Customer Rating of 2 Reviews:
    Utah

    Fun feel good read

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    • Cute story
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    Ward starts with Sydney and her group of friends graduating from high school and does a great job developing the closeness of their friendships and their personalities through memories and current experiences. The story line jumps between different timelines - not in order for the memories. It seems like it might be confusing and I usually have a hard time keeping track of time lines or extra characters, etc, but in this case it didn't matter much if the memories bounced around we just needed the memory to understand the characters better.



    Sydney's dad drove me crazy and sometimes I wanted to know more of what was going with him. That's probably how a child of a disconnected parent feels, driven crazy from their apathy.



    It did seem weird that Gavin and Sydney were clueless to the fact that James liked Sydney. I can't imagine ever having a significant other have a relationship like James and Sydney feel comfortable with it like Gavin seemed to.



    I really enjoyed this book - reading it in 24 hours. It was a bit predictable with the story line, but it was clean and enjoyable. I love it when an author, can develop characters and the story line and keep it clean - that's a sign of great literary skills. Rachel is a great writer and I'm excited about future works of hers. While her previous book was definitely LDS fiction, this one keeps it clean without being religious and can be enjoyed by any group of people without the confusion of religious terms if not familiar with them.

    Utah

    Loved everything about this young adult novel!

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    This is exactly the type of novel that makes me love the Young Adult category so much! I love the cute cover and that the drawing is repeated throughout the book to start with. I felt like it really helped draw me into the book to begin with.



    I love the characters, Sydney, Gavin, James, Piper and Sean. They've been friends throughout high school, even though Sydney and Gavin are paired off as are Piper and Sean. I loved seeing the way the friendships worked with all 5 of them. They really were the best of friends and there for each other through every hardship they each faced. I loved the way there were flashbacks throughout the story to certain times and situations, there was even a month and year so you could see where it fit in relation to the story. So great!



    Sydney was such a fun character, I loved "seeing" things through her eyes. She had not had an easy time, her life situation was far from perfect. But she was positive and worked so hard to get what she wanted. I really loved her. I really loved that you see the whole thing from her perspective, so you don't know what any of the guys are thinking and feeling. With this book that really worked. Oh, and I loved the references to The Princess Bride, Sydney's favorite movie, there are some really fun ones in here!



    This is an awesome young adult novel! I can't wait to read more books of this author's books!