Wednesday 20 March 2013

Why Can't I Be You Blog Tour - Review


Author: Allie Larkin


Release date: February 26, 2013

Publisher: Plume

Age Group: Adult

Genre: Women’s Contemporary Fiction

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Book Description:

WHY CAN’T I BE YOU takes its name from a 1987 hit song from English rock band The Cure.  All her life, Jenny Shaw toed the line, striving to be the perfect colleague, girlfriend, and daughter – a path that has led her to an unhappy (though successful) career, a failed relationship, and all-but-severed family ties.  On her way to the airport for her first business trip, she is unceremoniously dumped by the man she thought she would one day marry.  In her haze of shock and confusion, she responds to the wrong name when Myra Aberly, organizer of Seattle ’s Mt. Si class of 1999’s thirteenth high-school reunion, shouts “Jessie!” across the hotel lobby. 

In an instant, Jenny Shaw becomes Jessie Morgan, a woman to whom she bears an uncanny resemblance. She is immediately embraced by Jessie’s warm circle of friends – and gains a possible love interest.  But when Jenny becomes more and more curious about Jessie’s history, she uncovers a trail of secrets, pain and deceit that inspires her to uncover the truth that will heal her own painful past.

My Review...

I am still a bit speechless about this book. I really liked it and it was very different in the realm of contemporary fiction these days. I loved the premise of this book and I liked the characters and I was blown away that the pretense or notion of the book could carry on for so long without people finding out the truth.

Because the facade went on for so long and Jenny was lying to everyone it was hard to fully get enveloped with her character because she basically lies for like 85% of the book. It was hard because even she didn't know who she was anymore.  Not getting lost in Jenny was not a bad thing because her loss of her self or I guess her journey to find herself is the reason she chose this mess to begin with.

In the end it was about putting yourself first and choosing what's right for you and not what others think and no matter how many times we want our loved ones to appreciate us when we are from broken places we have to let go and realize that those are the issues of others and are not our own issues.

This book is also about loss, friendship, love, hope and second chances. 

Great book!

4 Thumbs up!
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About the Author

Allie Larkin is the internationally bestselling author of the novel Stay, and the upcoming novel Why Can’t I Be You (2013).  She lives with her husband, Jeremy, their two German Shepherds, Argo and Stella, and a three-legged cat.
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