Saturday, 2 January 2016

Review: Someone Else (Just You #2) by Rebecca Phillips

When her boyfriend Michael leaves for college, seventeen-year-old Taylor Brogan is determined to make their long-distance relationship work. Together, they've managed to overcome past issues with communication and trust, so they’re confident they can tackle this newest challenge too.

To ease her loneliness, Taylor distracts herself with school, a makeover, and a whole new set of friends. But even with all these diversions, dating long-distance is a lot harder than she ever expected. Her loyalties are tested even further when Dylan enters the picture. He’s the opposite of Michael in every way, and his obvious interest in her—not to mention his lean, athletic body and adorable dimples—makes Taylor want to keep her distance. But she can’t deny her growing attraction to him, especially when her relationship with Michael starts falling apart.

When the inevitable break-up occurs, Taylor begins a rebound romance with Dylan that quickly becomes more than she bargained for. His dark moods scare her, and soon she’s in danger of losing herself to this new life she’s created, a life she’s no longer sure she even wants.

200 pages
Published January 2nd 2014

Terri's Thoughts

I purchased this story immediately after finishing the first in the series as I was eager to see where Taylor and Michael's relationship would go once he headed of to college.

Without going in to the plot as I feel the synopsis pretty accurately details the general direction of the story I will say that this story (and series) really reminds me of what it is like to be in high school.

It deals with relationships both of the romantic and friendship variety and how complex they can be.  It deals with how people may not be who they appear to be on the surface unless you really take the time to discover them for yourself and not judge based on what others say or feel.  It deals with insecurity, dating, sex, inappropriate behavior and parents.

Regardless of your view on any of the above topics, it is something teenagers have to deal with on a regular basis and I feel this series outlines a lot of what they are faced with.  That in iteslef has made this series realistic.

Of course there is a third story in this series and I will be purchasing it as soon as I stop typing.  I really need to know where this story is going to end!

Forgot to mention that it is great to discover a Canadian author that I can put my support behind.  It is nice to see some home grown talent and be able to enjoy their work.

About the Author

Rebecca Phillips has been a fan of contemporary young adult fiction ever since she first discovered Judy Blume at the age of twelve. She's the author of the JUST YOU series, OUT OF NOWHERE, FAKING PERFECT (Kensington), and ANY OTHER GIRL (January 26, Kensington).

Rebecca lives just outside the beautiful city of Halifax, Nova Scotia, with her husband, two children, and one spoiled rotten cat. She absolutely loves living so close to the ocean.

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