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From USA TODAY bestselling author Renée Carlino (Before We Were Strangers), a warm and witty novel about a struggling writer who must come to grips with her past, present, and future after she discovers that she’s the inspiration for a pseudonymously published bestselling novel.
When a bestselling debut novel from mysterious author J. Colby becomes the literary event of the year, Emiline reads it reluctantly. As an adjunct writing instructor at UC San Diego with her own stalled literary career and a bumpy long-term relationship, Emiline isn’t thrilled to celebrate the accomplishments of a young and gifted writer.
Yet from the very first page, Emiline is entranced by the story of Emerson and Jackson, two childhood best friends who fall in love and dream of a better life beyond the long dirt road that winds through their impoverished town in rural Ohio.
That’s because the novel is patterned on Emiline’s own dark and desperate childhood, which means that “J. Colby” must be Jase: the best friend and first love she hasn’t seen in over a decade. Far from being flattered that he wrote the novel from her perspective, Emiline is furious that he co-opted her painful past and took some dramatic creative liberties with the ending.
The only way she can put her mind at ease is to find and confront “J. Colby,” but is she prepared to learn the truth behind the fiction?
Loved every minute of this book
So ingeniously written
I absolutely loved this book! The act of reading a book within a book was pretty genius. The stories moved me and really made me feel such pain for them. It was one of those books where you were so excited and wanted to see how it ended but didn’t want to skip all the details.
Loved it at first
Within the first few chapters I was already teary-eyed and just knew this was gonna be a great book. I loved the story concept and their childhood was so beautiful. But when we were in the present it seem kind of rushed and lacked that death that was in their childhood chapters. The rest of the book was a little underwhelming sadly and could have a lot more potential