Thursday, September 7, 2017

Right Next To Me by Rachel Ward

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?

This coming of age story is full of big life decisions for Sydney as she navigates home and family responsibilities, relationships and school.  The author did a great job of capturing that time in life where so many big things are happening and change is inevitable.  

I enjoyed getting to know Sydney through present time and a series of flashbacks.  Sydney is an easy character to like.  I love the support and help she gave her mother in caring for her siblings and home responsibilities.  

This is the kind of book that is easy to recommend to teenagers on up.  There is no swearing or sexual content aside from some kissing.  The characters make (mostly) good decisions and learn valuable life lessons along the way.  It was cute and I enjoyed the journey!

Oh, and I love the cover and the colors involved.  It's so cute!!

Rachel grew up reading every book she could get her hands on and spending time with her cat. At least, that was the report in every annual Christmas letter. The humiliation was enough to spur her into action, and she began writing, and never stopped. Rachel studied English at Brigham Young University-Idaho and then blogged and wrote in between the births of her six children. She currently lives in West Jordan with her family, and while she no longer has a cat, she still reads every book she can get her hands on. Right Next to Me is her second novel.

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