Thursday, July 11, 2013

What Not to Say When You're Running Away by Rachel John + a GIVEAWAY! Wa-Hoo!

Sara is a second year student at a tiny junior college in Thatcher Arizona. The summer was a disaster, and all she wants is to be back with her close-knit roommates and blend into the background. She doesn’t want to get married. She doesn’t even want to date again for awhile. Little does she know that the small glitch in her plan will come in the form of Matt Constanello, the persistent guy living across the street who just might make her change her mind.

Today I have a special review for all my LDS fiction loving friends.  :)  What Not to Say When You're Running Away is a fun book about a group of college kids trying to make their way though the challenges of dating and friendship while balancing work and classes.

Sara is the main character in this book and boy does that girl have some issues.  Luckily she has a good and patient group of friends who help her navigate through her insecurities and hermit type tendencies.  Sara makes some pretty dumb choices and hurts people but luckily she eventually learns from her mistakes and tries to do better.

Poor Matt has the patience of a saint.  Seriously.  I'm not sure how many guys out there would put up with all he did but it really can't be that many.

I loved the whole college vibe going on this book.  It felt authentic and real.  The mish mash of feelings and changing relationships were spot on for the college crowd.  This book is set in Arizona, mostly Thatcher and since we spent over 5 years living in Arizona it felt a bit like coming home to me.  I miss the Monsoons and Diamondback games.   And you just can't beat an Arizona winter.

This was a good book.  It kept me interested, if not a bit frustrated with Sara.  It was squeeky clean and overall just an easy reading book.  It's what I like to call brain candy as it doesn't require anything from you, it's just a good diversion.

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  1. Science and Math. I just could NOT understand until after each test when we had the explanation of the answers and then I got it. Luckily, turning in every assignment helped my grades a lot!

  2. Public speaking would definitely have been my hardest. Because of that, I avoided it at all costs, including changing my major when I realized how much I'd have to call up strangers on the phone (journalism)--I know, what was I expecting?

    Anyway, thanks to your review, this book sounds interesting and I'd love to win a copy.

  3. I had a horrible time in wouldn't make a good writer.. ;)

  4. This book sounds like it would be really good. Thank you for the great review!


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