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Book Review – Swear on This Life

Swear on This Life book coverSwear on This Life by Renée Carlino

When struggling writer Emiline begins to read the debut bestseller from the new writer J. Colby, it only takes her one page to realize that she knows this story. It is hers. The tale of childhood best friends, Jax and Emerson, who fall in love and dream of a world outside their miserable home lives and small town, is the fictionalized account of her own past and she knows that mysterious author J. Colby is really Jason Colbertson, her first love and the boy she hasn’t seen in twelve years. Emiline, furious that Jase has co-opted her painful past into a bestselling novel, she decides to confront him at his book signing in her city. But she isn’t ready for all the feelings she’s hidden for years to suddenly reappear. The plot told through Emiline’s point of view is interspersed with the fictional book as she reads it. It is a clever method of storytelling and done well. Renée Carlino has written an emotionally riveting story of healing and love. It has incredibly complex characters who are immediately memorable.

Book Review – Paper Planes and Other Things We Lost

Paper Planes and Other Things We Lost book coverPaper Planes and Other Things We Lost by Mindy Hayes & Michele G. Miller

Ruby Kaminski and Brett Pratt were living very different lives until that fateful day, June 18, 1992, when Flight 397 crashed in the ocean off Long Island and they both lost parents. Now they share a connection that no one but the two of them understands. As they write letters back and forth, they help each other heal and focus on the future instead of all the things they lost. This is book masterfully deals with love, pain, loss, hope, and dreams. It’s a heart-warming, character-driven story about two people on opposites side of the country can connect through shared pain and experience and the power of words. The excellent writing makes the plot feel all the more real and beautiful. I absolutely recommend Paper Planes and Other Things We Lost. Go read it!