#BookReview: When You and Me Were us by Amanda Reynolds

when you and me were usReviewer: Annie

I received a review copy

I would like to begin this review by stating that I loved this story and adored each character.  You would find it hard not to relate to at least one these characters!!  Amanda Reynolds is definitely a talented writer.  She weaves together the story of six individual lives with ease.  I was impressed by how well the story flowed…going back and forth between characters, and time.

Reynolds follows six college (Uni) friends for three decades.  We meet Gin, Alex, Matty, Lois, Dylan and Nick.  They all meet and become the closest of friends, forming a bond that will last a lifetime.  The most intriguing part of this whole story are the questions, “how much do they really care about each other? and; how well do we really know our friends??  Also, when is it time to let go of certain friendships?

After the death of Dylan, the five other members of the group must figure out how to get on with their lives without the “leader” of the group.  What I found intriguing was that even after Dylan’s death, he still has a strong voice in this storyline.

I was immediately gripped by this novel.  I hated when I had to go to sleep, or move on with my day if I began reading in the morning.  This cast of characters is very colorful, to say the least.  I found myself having to pick the book up constantly to “read just a few more pages”.

We all have those school friends that we bonded with and swore our devotion to.  This book delves deep in to how long these bonds should last, and what makes and breaks the bond.

This story is like a gravitational pull!!  You will be sad when it is over.

I highly recommend this book.  It had me at hello. 🙂

4 stars

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1 Comment

  1. November 25, 2014 / 10:29 am

    Great review of this book!!

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