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Book Review: Since Forever Ago

Title: Since Forever Ago
Author: Olivia Besse
Published: May 13, 2014
Publisher: Wunderland Press
Reviewer: Lyanna
Rating: 4.5 stars


Fresh off the heels of a devastating breakup, Riley Benson is a mess. But with her ingenious plan to become a ball-busting heartbreaker herself, she’s pretty sure she’ll survive. After all, what better way is there to get revenge than to move on?

Riley’s determined to become the perfect bachelorette—she’s going to drink like a bro, belch like a beast and swear so much that she’ll make even the most seasoned sailors blush. After all, those are the qualities that every guy’s secretly looking for…. aren’t they?

Max Fletcher is in love with the girl who gave him chicken pox and his first broken leg. When his best friend seems to finally be out of the picture, he can’t help but want to keep Riley all to himself. And, after coaching her with the very best of the very worst love advice, it seems as if he might actually get what he's wanted after all those years. But just as the two come to the realization that they're actually kind of perfect for each other, along comes a secret that threatens to tear them apart.


Surprisingly, I legitimately loved this book.

There are those books with well-built, detailed, thought-out plots that entails rationale and philosophy into every crevice of your mind. But there are those books that are just cliche, shallow, and downright hilarious. This is that book. I was looking for a trivial, insubstantial story for pure entertainment and I got it, so if you're looking for a deep, thorough plot then this isn't for you. That aside, I laughed, cringed, cried (inside, due to frustration) and screamed (inside as well, and due to frustration) while reading Since Forever Ago

When I picked it up, I saw tons of comments from the author (Olivia Besse, if you didn't know) informing us in advanced that the characters are intentionally stupid, annoying, insufferable and imperfect. I didn't know what to feel about that … as you all (or some of you) may know, I cannot, I mean CANNOT, stand stupid, annoying, insufferable characters.

But, surprisingly, (again! )I did like them! (this book is full of surprises). 

This is that kind book where you either hate it or love it, no in-between, and luckily for me, I'm the latter.

More than anything, the characters in Since Forever Ago are real. There's no bullshitting reality, because this [gestures at book] is real. These characters are humans, and if you're calling them stupid, annoying and insufferable then you're calling humans stupid, annoying and insufferable (which, by the way, is very accurate). Twenty-one year old girls cry themselves to sleep after break-ups, they stress over college and internships. Heck, even the typical High School student cries over College apps. (taken from personal experience).

There's no hiding the ugly truth of what comes after breakups, but instead of pure drama drama drama Besse was also able to incorporate comedic gold and I found myself laughing (IN PUBLIC, FOR CRYING OUT LOUD) more than once.

The friendship, though unconventional, was heart-warming. In truth, it's one of the things that really won me over. I like the message it sent out that; through thick or thin, your friends will always be there, before and after your breakups. So never, ever trade over your friends for some romantic fling, because you never know just how much they're worth until you no longer have them.

In the end, this book defied all my typical reservations about contemporary romance, I genuinely rooted for the characters and wished them a happy ending.

Received a copy from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

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