Girly Book Club: Swear On This Life by Renee Carlino

26126841Dear Diary,

I do not anyone to tell my story before me

I honestly do not. I recently read the book about a situation like this

When a bestselling debut novel from mysterious author J.Colby becomes the literary event of the year, Emiline reads it reluctantly. As an adjunct writing instructor at UC San Diego with her own stalled literary career and a bumpy long-term relationship, Emiline isn’t thrilled to celebrate the accomplishments of a young and gifted writer.

Yet from the very first page, Emiline is entranced by the story of Emerson and Jackson, two childhood best friends who fall in love and dream of a better life beyond the long dirt road that winds through their impoverished town in rural Ohio.

That’s because the novel is patterned on Emiline’s own dark and desperate childhood, which means that “J. Colby” must be Jase: the best friend and first love she hasn’t seen in over a decade. Far from being flattered that he wrote the novel from her perspective, Emiline is furious that he co-opted her painful past and took some dramatic creative liberties with the ending.

The only way she can put her mind at ease is to find and confront “J. Colby,” but is she prepared to learn the truth behind the fiction?

Yes, the story finished with a happy ending. Everything worked out at the end. However, I prefer to tell my own stories.

As for the book, I could not put it down and finished it in one night. The girls from The Girly Book Club in Melbourne were right, the story is addictive, engrossing, involving. It swallows you whole and does not let go till the end. It is sad and warm, funny and cruel.

The book is the story of a teenage girl growing up through events in her life, through people she meets along the way and through the story the love of her life tells.

Highly recommend this book to all us girls and to all you men. May be you will find yourself in the characters. May be you will find a way to tell your story to paint the way for your true love to find you and… to keep you.

 


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