ARC Review: All the Ways You Saved Me (Love Unplugged #1) by Jamie Howard10:00
Series: Love Unplugged #1
Author: Jamie Howard
Published November 1st 2016 by Swerve
Bianca Easton is the perfect senator’s daughter.
Law school? Check.
Camera-ready smile? Check.
A dull and boring existence? Double check.
But that was before. Before she lost her best and only friend in a tragic accident. Before she found that friend's unfinished bucket list. Definitely before she turned her life upside-down by deciding to stay in New York for six months to finish it.
It's while she's checking off her first item on the list--buy coffee for a stranger--that she meets Ian Mathis. Between the tattoo sleeve curling up his right arm, his guitar-roughened fingertips, and the secrets shadowing his past, he's a complication Bianca doesn't need but desperately wants.
With every item they cross off the list together, Bianca uncovers a piece of herself that she's buried under what's expected, all the while breaking her own rules by falling hard for Ian. But when her six months run out, Bianca has to decide if she's willing to risk her empty but picture-perfect life for a chance at real, messy love.
I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher via NetGalley. This in no way impacted on my view.
I've become quite interested in political YA books, and have wanted to try some NA for a while, so when I saw this book on NetGalley, I thought I’d give it a try.
In All the Ways You Saved Me, Bianca has just graduated college. Her parents have been on her back for everything, her entire life, and now is no different. I guess that’s what happens when your father is a presidential nominee. Her best friend asks her to stay in New York, and she’s definitely considering it. But when tragedy strikes, and her best friend is killed in a car accident, she can’t find herself to do anything but stay, and complete the unfinished bucket list. When she tells her family, they basically disown her, and she’s left on her own to survive for six months in the city. When an entry on the bucket list leads her to handsome stranger, Ian, she finds herself drawn to him, even though both of them aren’t in the right place for a relationship. However, both are keeping secrets, and they’re bound to come out sooner or later.
I really liked Bianca. I could see why she needed the space to grow, and thought her character development was well done. Ian, was someone I didn’t immediately like. The book was written in dual PoV, and we saw loads of flashbacks for Ian’s life prior to now, and the more we saw, the more I felt for him. There are times that are so heart breaking in the book, that I felt really emotional.
The book is about pain, and how you can recover from heart breaking scenarios and rise to the occasions. It wasn’t as political as I was hoping, but I still really enjoyed the book as a whole.