Back When You Were Easier To Love
By Emily Wing Smith
What’s worse than getting dumped? Not even knowing if you’ve been dumped. Joy got no goodbye, and certainly no explanation when Zan – the love of her life and the only good thing about stifling, backward Haven, Utah – unceremoniously and unexpectedly left for college a year early. Joy needs closure almost as much as she needs Zan, so she heads for California, and Zan, riding shotgun beside Zan’s former-best-friend Noah.
This Blonde’s Review:
Joy alternately annoyed the hell out of me and made me want things to work for her.
Joy’s boyfriend left town without saying a word to her. He was just gone. She dated a guy who was, in her mind, so great and so above the little town they lived in. Except in my mind, she was dating an annoying jerk. It was so hard for me to understand why Joy would believe this boy was so much better than everyone just because he acted like he thought he was. Yet she believed it and she believed she was happy with him.
Zan’s former best friend, Noah, has been there for her since Zan left. Joy wasn’t very interested in being taken care of by Noah when she’d much rather have Zan. She doesn’t find out til later why Noah was working so hard to be there for her and keep her from trying to find Zan.
When you’re reading this book it’s hard not to hope that Joy and Noah end up together, since even with Joy’s happiest memories Zan isn’t very likeable. While Noah actually seems to care about Joy in ways Zan never seems to.
While there are some obvious bumps in their trip to see Zan, and what they find there is something you can predict as well, this was an adorable little story. Yes, Joy drove me a little nutty, but I also liked her. So she is a lot like the girl you know and love who is dedicated to a boy you can’t stand. Sometimes you just have to bite your tongue and keep reading.
If you have a hard time dealing with senselessly obsessive characters Joy may be a little hard for you to handle. But if you can deal with that and the story sounds interesting you should give it a try. This is a clean story, so if you’re looking for something that is more sweet than passionate than this is a good story for you.