Tuesday, March 4, 2014

If Only by A.J. Pine

This book follows the romance of Noah and Jordan, two Americans that find each thousands of miles from their respective states and schools. They have their ups and their downs throughout the story, they find their way back to each other because they come to realize that love is about more than a single moment and that "it isn't possible to love and part."

There are moments in the story when you hate Noah and you feel Jordan's pain as your own. Noah and Jordan spend so much time thinking about the end that in the process they did so much harm to each other.

This story tells us that if you love go for it, don't think about the end, think about the now think about tomorrow, think about a week, a month, a year, but not the end, never the end. This story also tells us that just because we're afraid of loving and losing doesn't mean we should stick with the familiar, just because the familiar feels safe. If the familiar was wrong from the beginning a new land will not make the familiar right.

The only reason this story lost some point with me was because Jordan unintentionally hurt Griffin, who despite being a professed commitment-phobe was actually a really sweet guy. I also did not like that Noah was constantly blowing hot and cold, and he never stopped to think about how his actions hurt Jordan.

So, in conclusion I say read, you will laugh, you will want to cry and you will want to go and hug your meddling best friend. Oh, one more thing remember to live for the now, to hell with the end. 

Much Ado About Everything
“It isn’t possible to love and part. You will wish that it was. You can transmute love, ignore it, muddle it, but you can never pull it out of you. I know by experience that the poets are right: love is eternal.”
E. M. Forster
A Room with a View 

Rating 4.5 out of 5

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