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BOOK REVIEW: What If by Rebecca Donovan

What if you had a second chance to meet someone for the first time?

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 infectious. The complete opposite of Nicole. Cal finds himself utterly fascinated and falling hard. But Nyelle is also extremely secretive. And the closer he comes to finding out what she’s hiding, the less he wants to know.

When the secrets from the past and present collide, one thing becomes clear: Nothing is what it seems

Source: Penguin Australia (THANK YOU!)
384 Pages

My Rating:

I think I might be in love with this book. Everything about this book drew me in. The honesty of the high school experience, what happens after high school and what is buried underneath everyone’s skin. How people are not what they appear, regret about the past, the relationship and character development and the intriguing story line.

I am not allowed to spoil this story by force. The author left a note at the end of the book warning anyone that if they spoiled the book, bad things would happen. Like Voldemort ruling the world. No, I’m joking. She just said to spoil it. Voldemort running the world would be kind of cool. It would mean Ron exists!!!!

Okay, tangent. Anyway, this book was amazing!!! I loved Nyelle’s free character. She doesn’t care what anyone thinks as long as she can act like herself and love life. Along with that, we also have her mysterious past which draws us in during this ride. Cal narrates this story and I loved his voice. He is the sweetest guy and I did fall in love with him a long the way. I love the flashbacks we get of their tight-knit childhood consisting of Nicole, Cal, Richelle and Rae. They are each such unique characters an the sweetness and innocence of their childhood tugged at my heartstring. There is that underlying melancholy we receive because when Richelle and Nicole leave this little group, it feels like everything falls apart.

I really can’t talk much without spoiling it, that little bit. But it is such a fantastic book. It’s about what it means to love, what it means to be a true friend and what it means to be yourself. It’s such an honest book which tackles big issues that involve high school and its sucky experiences.

The song for this book is Flaws by Bastille. It fits so well. I recommend replaying this song while reading this. It gets you into the zone.



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