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review 2015-09-21 18:48
Review: But I Love Him (his fists, not so much)
By Amanda Grace But I Love Him - Amanda Grace

What I Loved About This Book: It deals with a topic that most authors avoid: domestic violence among teens. The statistics don't lie. Most DV cases are between teenagers. And this book did a good job of showing the devolving of a girl who thought she could fix her boyfriend. The style was a nice change: written in reverse. You start at their 1 year mark and go backwards, which is pretty amazing when it's done right. And this was good. It was such a twist to watching a relationship go bad. Instead of watching it fall apart from the beginning, you see it fall apart in pieces backwards.


The writing was very good. The characters were real. I thoroughly enjoyed this. Read it in 4 hours.


What I Wish Was Improved On: Again, there's a lack of adult supervision. That seems to be a trend among a lot of YA books. But the biggie for me was the ending. I know you don't always get a happy ending, but we're left wondering what's going to happen. You're only given an implication of what might happen to Ann after Connor left. I wish we had been given a little more.



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review 2015-08-23 00:00
No One Needs to Know
No One Needs to Know - Amanda Grace loved every page. Happy, hopeful ending, too.
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review 2014-08-06 00:00
No One Needs to Know
No One Needs to Know - Amanda Grace Read This Review & More Like It At Ageless Pages Reviews

You can pry the ship of Olivia and Zoey out of my cold dead hands. I am so unbelievably in love with them as a couple and I’m desperately invested in their relationship.

And to think I almost missed out on this book entirely because the cover and title imply it’s about cheating.

The blurb does this book a huge disservice, so allow me a minor spoiler. Liam is not in love with Zoey. He never says he’s in love with Zoey. (He says the opposite.) They’re casual. Liam starts liking her more than she likes him, but that is absolutely not the same thing. Around the three quarter mark, the relationships start to feel kind of cheater-y, which is what causes the climax, but I don’t feel like this is a “cheating” book. Your milage may vary.

Liam is really a non-factor in most of the book, though. Zoey’s POVs almost never features him, thoughts of him, anything. Instead, it’s all about the slow build from hate to friendship to love between Olivia and Zoey. It’s so natural and sweet; it’s probably one of the best examples of a relationship in YA/NA. If I had one quibble, it’s that Zoey never gave gifts or planned the dates. I understand Olivia has more money and time, but I just wish I’d felt a little more give and take. Still, I’m never going to get over the graffiti date. The idea of a love interest taking the time to plan a perfect day for their partner, institute it, and use it to show their affection? Beautiful.

I did find one thing extremely weird. Zoey has a little sister who she’s extremely close to. She comes along on trips out with both Olivia and Liam, but at the climax, she has no idea who Liam is. (She didn’t talk to them on the ferry, but she had her face pressed to the glass and definitely saw them together, but didn’t recognize him at all when he arrived at the house. Huh?) I feel like a scene must have been added and not edited in properly. I hope that’s corrected before release. OH NO, LOOKS LIKE I MUST BUY A COPY TO CHECK. IT IS A TRAGEDY.

Their home lives are a little melodramatic and feature some subplots I could take or leave. The maybe-cheating didn’t make me feel good, though teenagers aren’t known for their complex romantic morals. It doesn’t matter. This is a book that features a f/f relationship with no homophobia or consequences of being gay. Do you understand how rare that is? If I'd been able to see a happy, healthy homo relationship when I was a teen, instead of sad issue books where being gay is the only thing in a person's life, it would have saved me a lot of pain and tears in my own life. So allow me to quote Olivia,

“It was perfect.
The whole [book] was perfect.”
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review 2014-07-08 00:00
No One Needs to Know
No One Needs to Know - Amanda Grace As soon as I read the blurb for this, I had to read it. Loving the conflict of taboo relationships myself, I’m always interested when another writer takes it on. Amanda Grace handles the orientation issue deftly, with the issue focused on this particular relationship and not on what it means for the girls more broadly. It’s not an issue book.

Zoey in particular was a refreshing character. Her honest personality often meant issues were called out and dealt with, rather than letting misunderstandings and slights build up toward a conflict, which was fun to see. The attraction between the girls was sweet and believable and the right blend of friendship and romance.

I did wish the book was a bit darker, but that may be a personal preference. I wanted this book to be a harder struggle and a darker take on the concept. It’s a very sweet story with a neat ending, and entirely enjoyable– just not the direction I was expecting it to take.

Overall, it’s a lovely story about friendship and love, and the lines between. Sweet, thought-provoking, and utterly charming. Definitely recommended!
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text 2014-06-06 04:12
June Haul
Bridge (The Alternative) - Patrick Jones
No One Needs to Know - Amanda Grace
Uncommon Romance - Jove Belle
Sidekick - Auralee Wallace
Sky High, Bone Deep - N.M. Harris
Rain on Me (Shelter From the Storm, #1) - Eden Connor
Visions - Larkin Rose
Let's see if I can actually read them all in a month. *rubs hands together*
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