A STORY OF NOW (A Story of Now #1)
by Emily O’Beirn
GENRE: LGBT, New/Young Adult
PAGES: ebook, 371 pages
PUBLISHED: 11 July 2015, Ylva Publishing
SOURCE: copy provided
ORGANIZED BY: Sage’s Blog Tours
Nineteen-year-old Claire Pearson knows she needs a life. And some new friends. But brittle, beautiful, and just a little bit too sassy for her own good sometimes, she no longer makes friends easily. And she has no clue where to start on the whole finding a life front, either. Not after a confidence-shattering year dogged by bad break-ups, friends who have become strangers, and her constant failure to meet her parents sky-high expectations.
When Robbie and Mia walk into Claire’s work they seem the least likely people to help her find a life. But despite Claire’s initial attempts to alienate them, an unexpected new friendship develops.
And it’s the warm, brilliant Mia who seems to get Claire like no one has before. Soon, Claire begins to question her feelings for her new friend.
[ Amazon ]
Thirteen-year-old Emily woke up one morning with a sudden itch to write her first novel. All day, she sat through her classes, feverishly scribbling away (her rare silence probably a cherished respite for her teachers). And by the time the last bell rang, she had penned fifteen handwritten pages of angsty drivel, replete with blood-red sunsets, moody saxophone music playing somewhere far off in the night, and abandoned whiskey bottles rolling across tables. Needless to say, that singular literary accomplishment is buried in a box somewhere, ready for her later amusement.
From Melbourne, Australia, Emily was recently granted her PhD. She works part-time in academia, where she hates marking papers but loves working with her students. She also loves where she lives but travels as much as possible and tends to harbour crushes on cities more than on people.
Living in an apartment, Emily sadly does not possess her dream writing room overlooking an idyllic garden of her creation. Instead, she spends a lot of her time staring over the screen of her laptop and out the window at the somewhat less pretty (but highly entertaining) combined kebab stand/carwash across the road. (from the publisher’s website)
[ Goodreads ]
ALRIGHT I’M NOT OKAY AT ALL
I am satisfied yet I want more. What is this feeling?
How do you write a review for this masterpiece? How is this possible?
Since I have no idea how to do this, let’s just talk about that cover. It’s so prettttyyyy like I can’t
i am speechless. But okay, I’ll do my best to not fangirl over what happened.
Okay, I’ll make this extremely short. So in one sentence, this book is realistically slow, and cute, and just not realistic or unlike the other LGBT books I’ve read.
That was one confusing sentence.
Because well, that is where everything starts. Confusion. Okay, you’re, like, over your boyfriend (but things turn up) then suddenly your high school friends are not exactly the best people for you right now and you’re in that state of mind where you just have no idea what to do or where to go or whatnot in life. And then you’re kinda caught up in someone you never thought you’d be caught up with.
Like, a girl, for example. Because you’re also a girl. And you thought she’s a straight girl too.
The few LGBT books I’ve read started with the MC and his/er LI already in peace with his/er sexual orientation. Mostly, it was more about the struggle to be in society with all the judging from everybody and stuff like that but this one was not like that. It was more on the internal struggle of who am I? and what’s happening? and is this real?
What’s lovely about this book is that it has a slow pace when it comes to the romance part. It’s cute and just everything and just cute. I mean, the life – the reality was not forgotten. There were moments were life threw some stuff to the people and of course, during those times, everything kinda halts but still moves. Do you get me? Like, it doesn’t matter who you’ve known for the longest. Who matters is who stuck with you when you needed it.
That was, like, deep.
The Story of Now is written in third person, in Claire’s POV. There’s something unique in Emily’s writing and I’m going to go ahead and be very useless to you guys and say that I can’t point what made the writing unique out. There’s something but I can’t explain it so I’ll put it out there. It’s strange and beautiful at the same time. Sometimes, it just gave me a weird feeling that I can’t explain but it was great. Quotable quotes are present, depending on which quote you’re tryna look for.
The characters on the other hand, are very beautiful people. There were such gender diversity. I’ll go ahead and tell you all that they were all a bit crazy and just unbelievably cute and funny and freaking emotional and high maintenance people. The whole squad (yes, they’re a squad. I mean, #squadgoals) were talented and unique on their own and together, they just rock the world out of its orbit.
Overall, I’d like to point out that this is a very good book. Also, that I love everything. And that the ending is just the beginning. And well, I love everybody and just everything. And that everybody has to read this book, like, right now. Nothing is much more precious than friendship and family. That is clearly depicted in this book. The friendship is so precious. Claire’s relationship with his brother is precious. The romance, omg, the romance. I have no idea how to conclude this review because I need to get running now but if there’s one thing I can say from this book, it’s that sometimes, you have to let life happen and when life is too slow, you have to jump ahead. And since people are complicated, stop tying to fit in and drop the people who are no good for you.
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