Monday, March 2, 2015

Review: With Me by Gabbie S. Duran


What happens when you take a chance one night … make a decision that will change your life forever?

Kasey Wilson, the girl next door, had a crush on the boy next door … Joseph Mitchell was that boy. 

Kasey was left with the consequences of her decision when Joseph left her behind, leaving for the Marine Corps. She never thought she would see Joseph again, leaving her to continue on with her life, moving forward. 

But fate has a way of intervening …

Joseph Mitchell always lived with the regret of walking away that night, never to see Kasey again. Finally ready to settle down, he’s now engaged to someone else. But when he finds Kasey again, he learns of a secret she’s been keeping, a secret that will change both their lives forever. 

Can they finally have the relationship they never had? Or will Joseph be forced to walk away again?

With Me was a quick read for me. It was pretty simple for me to guess what was going to happen right off the bat. Kasey has always had a crush on the boy next door, Joseph. The story starts off when her very religious, strict parents are out of town and she invites him over for dinner. She invites him to stay to talk afterward. When he is getting ready to leave, they end up kissing and then she loses her virginity to him. Of course, he has to leave for basic training the next morning as he has enlisted with the Marines. Well, turns out Kasey gets pregnant and her parents are so appalled that they ship her off to live with her aunt. When Joseph finishes basic and comes looking for her, she is of course gone. He is told that she is off at college. He is heartbroken, but goes back to serve. Fast forward 5 years later...

He coincidentally runs into her, and the daughter he never knew about. But wait! Joseph is engaged (to a horrible, spoiled girl, in my opinion.) All his fiancee does is complain and boss him around. I really don't know why he would be with her. She is awful. So he finds out that Josephina is his daughter and that Kasey did try to contact him several times, but she believed he wanted nothing to do with them. He never got the letters she sent. He is determined to not let Kasey and Josephina slip through his hands.

I enjoyed this story and the characters to a point. It lacked depth and felt a little two dimensional to me. While the characters were likable and had a little bit of a personality, they felt a little stiff and formal to me. Josephina is a four year old girl. While I understood that she was supposed to be intelligent for her age, she spoke well above her supposed age, like maybe how a 7 or 8 year old would talk. It was a little unbelievable to me. 

Despite these things, it really was a sweet story and I did enjoy it. I would recommend this book to someone who is looking for something that is quick and not heavy.

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Gabbie is a Southern California native, who lives with her wonderful husband, two amazing kids and a senior citizen kitty. When she’s not writing you can find her reading or sneaking off for a run. Some might say it’s a crazy life, but she wouldn’t change anything about it.

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