Book Review: Whenever I’m With You

Fast Facts:

Author: Lydia Sharp

Age: 12-18

Date of Publication: January 3, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, Adventure, Romance, Drama

Rating: 3.5/5

Moving to Alaska is the last thing Gabi ever thought she would do. But after her parents messy divorce, that is exactly what Gabi is forced to undertake. No one thought a girl from LA, California could survive in cold Anchorage, Alaska, not even Gabi herself. But then she meet Kai, everything becomes okay again…until it isn’t. When Kai sets out on a wild expedition to find his missing dad, Gabi and Kai’s twin brother Hunter set out to find him. Follow a simple California girl’s journey into the Alaskan wild in Whenever I’m With You by Lydia Sharp.

You know those sappy romantic YA novels, that make the common teenager puke at the toxic levels of cheesiness that they contain? Well this is exactly the words that I would use to describe Whenever I’m With You by Lydia Sharp. But I make the case that this isn’t a bad thing at all, because the point of the book is  simply for the reader to have a fun time. While the sadness level is nowhere near the level of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, there are some heartbreaking moments  which made me shed a few tears.

My favorite thing about the story was how the main couple were already together. The main reason I don’t read much YA romance is because of how long it takes for the people in question to get together. Since they were already in a relationship, the audience could just  focus on how their love blossoms through the hardships of the novel.

However, one drawback is how unrealistic the whole plot is. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good book, and I enjoyed reading every page of it.  But it was hard to relate to the characters, because of how unlikely the situations they were in would actually happen. I mean does anyone actually happen to have a  world famous mom who cheats on your lawyer dad?  Then, in order to not get caught in the drama, you have to move to Alaska and happen to meet the guy of your dreams? I don’t think so. If you’re looking for a medium length, easy romantic read, I highly recommend this book for you. It doesn’t try to become the next Pride and Prejudice and I greatly respect it because of that. Interested in the story? Read it to find out more.

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February 17, 2017|Categories: Reviews, Spotlight - Teens|

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