I am super excited to be sharing this review with you today.Our Song by Ashley Bodette
Published by From the Ashes Press on May 31, 2016
I broke up with Trip four months ago. But with the exception of my parents, I haven’t told anyone why. Not my friends, not my little sister, not even Asher.
I’ve been missing my best friend every day for the last nine months. Even though Becca broke up with Trip months ago, she’s still been distant, even when we’re in the same room.
She thinks she can break up with me and then go on a “family” vacation with him? I’m going to prove to both of them that she never should have left me.
Thank you to Ashley Bodette for providing me with a free e-copy in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
This charming tale will run you through a gamut of emotions as Becca and Asher reconnect after being forced apart by Becca’s now-ex boyfriend. The whole serious issue of dating abuse is handled flawlessly by the author. She gives it the attention it deserves and is treated in a respectful manner that I feel would help readers who might be going through similar things in their lives. The backstory of Becca’s former relationship and how it plays into her present is extremely realistic. You can easily see how what had happened to her made her change as a person, from the before the relationship Becca to the after the relationship Becca. Asher’s response to all of it just shows how great of a guy he is, and he’s exactly what a girl like Becca deserves, a best friend who loves her for who she is. As a result of their realisticness, they are easy to relate to. I want them in my friend group.
I loved the use of games in their journey toward one another. And I loved the range of games, too, laughing through part of the scene featuring one of my childhood favorites. The way the side characters took part both in the game playing or knowing about the game playing was great, and I think having family members as the majority of side characters was a great choice in making the story feel intimate (without being a sexy sort of intimate). The cabin by the lake setting was also wonderful for that sort of feeling. It could just be them without so much hustle and bustle getting in the way. It felt calming and peaceful and made it possible for one really awesome boat scene and a hilarious scene with a snake.
The romance aspect was innocent and sweet, from Doctor Who to cooking, right down to their purity rings. This wasn’t an in your face statement, and a big deal wasn’t made of their wearing them. It played into their character development, for sure, and I appreciate seeing characters who stand by their long-held choices. I think it’s important to have characters like this for those readers who are waiting to show that not everyone’s doing it. My former teenage self thanks you immensely, Ashley.
I could not put this book down, finishing it in just one sitting. It moved at a great pace and kept me hooked to the end. I can’t wait to read what Ashley writes next!