Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Just The Way You Are – by Lynsey James

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Original Cover

My own copy

The blurb:

Dear Ava,
How do you start writing a letter to someone, six years after breaking their heart?

Ava is unlucky in love as well as in life. The new office bitch has landed the dating column Ava wanted, and she can't remember the last time she had a second date. It's a good thing she has best friends Max and Gwen to pick up the pieces.

Deep down, Ava knows the reason why one date never turns into two - she's in love with someone else. Someone she's never even met.

It all started six years ago, with a letter from a secret admirer, Mr Writer…but then they suddenly stopped and Ava was heartbroken.

Now the letters have started again and Ava knows it could mean winning back the dating column at work. This time she's determined to unmask Mr Writer...and find out once and for all if he's Mr Right or Mr Very Definitely Wrong!

My Opinion:

*Book provided by the publisher on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Can I just say how proud I am of Lynsey for getting the publishing deal with Carina. This debut novel is wonderful and I am sure it will be a great success. Well done, gorgeous lady, so well deserved!!!

As you can tell I was pretty excited about this book, for several reasons. Lynsey has become a lively friend and I lived following her journey on Twitter, the blurb of this story just sounds fab and the cover is amazing 💖💖💖

The story follows Ava Clements, a 26 years old journalist from Manchester. We meet her at her mother's seventh wedding, so it's pretty obvious what she thinks about weddings. She works for Sleek magazine and is getting ready tor write something for Valentine's Day, she has two stories in mind. Ivy St Claire, a new friend, and her story of her lost love or her own story about Mr Writer. On top of that she gets to cover weddings for the magazine as well, yay ;)

Well, let me tell you more about Mr Writer. Back at uni Ava received wonderful love letters of a guy. It was pretty obvious from these letters that he adored and loved her, but when it came to meeting her he backed out.

Now, 6 years later, the letters start again. He is sorry, he's still in love with her and is determined to show it to her this time. Encouraged by her best friends Max and Gwen she starts looking for him herself and she also starts looking for Leo Browning, Ivy's list love. As you can guess, the adventure and the drama start there...
I have to say I had my suspicions from the start and I really wanted ut to be true, because I just adored these two together.

I was very happy Ava had her friends throughout this story, especially Max. They really gad something special and lets just say things got really intense and complicated by one point. Things didn't get better when Gwen showed interest in Max and there was still his ex Amira as well. Who suddenly wanted him back.

Ava goes through a range if emotions in this book and I loved how Lynsey included her feelings. I felt so close to Ava and I just wanted to be there for her.
There were so e really passionate and intense moments and the wee written in a vivid, real and authentic way, I was really able to dive into this story and I didn't want to leave it again.

Everything seemed to go in the right direction, until Ava found out the truth about Mr Writer. The drama and the misunderstandings made everything much mire complicated, which made the story even mire exciting. I couldn't put the book down at that point, because I just wanted to find out what was going to happen. I have to say I questioned both Ava's and Max's decisions sometimes, because their reactions just didn't make sense to me, but it all fit with the story perfectly.
This boom git me gripped until the very end and I didn't want it to stop!!! I need more Ava and her future!!!!

Congratulations Lynsey, you wrote an amazing book, full of heart, passion, friendship, memorable moments, spark, love and so much more! A must read on so many levels!!!! I can't wait to read more of you stories lovely lady, well done 💖💖💖


My possible cast:

Ava: Lucy Hale

Max: Scott Eastwood

Gwen: Ashley Benson

About the author:

I was born in Fife in 1991 and have been telling people how to spell my name ever since.
I’m an incurable bookworm who loves nothing more than getting lost in a good story with memorable characters. I started writing when I was really young and credit my lovely Grandad- and possibly a bump on the head from a Mr Frosty machine- with my love of telling stories. I used to write my own episodes of Friends and act them out in front of my family (in fact I’m sure I put Ross and Rachel together first!)

A careers adviser at school once told me writing wasn’t a “good option” and for a few years, I believed her. I tried a little bit of everything, including make-up artistry, teaching and doing admin for a chocolate fountain company. The free chocolate was brilliant. When I left my job a couple of years ago, I started writing full-time while I looked for another one. As soon as I started working on my story, I fell in love and decided to finally pursue my dream. I haven’t looked back since.

When I’m not writing, eating cake or drinking tea, I’m daydreaming about the day Dylan O’Brien FINALLY realises we’re meant to be together. It’ll happen one day…

Lynsey on Twitter: @Lynsey1991

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