Friday, September 1, 2017

Blog Tour/Review: Right Next to Me by Rachel Ward

Right Next to Me, by Rachel Ward
2017, 192p, Clean YA Romance
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not affect my review in any way

After high school Sydney's friends scattered to different colleges across the country. Over Thanksgiving break they are reunited, and much to Sydney's surprise, she discovers that her best friend has kept quiet flame for her for years. Sydney is faced with making an impossible decision: stay with the perfect boyfriend or go for the best friend who's always loved her?

Sydney and her friends are heading their separate ways for college. Through flashbacks, we learn more about their relationships with each other and the tough situation Sydney was dealing with at home. Those are mixed in with what is currently happening. Sydney has a tough decision to make, and there doesn't seem to be an easy answer.

I enjoyed the characters in this book--they are flawed, yet likable and relatable. Sydney does some soul-searching to figure out what she's looking for. She also has to deal with her father's poor choices and the effect they have on her life. She has a best friend that she's always able to turn to, which helps her deal with all that's going on.

This was fun to read from beginning to end! It flowed well and the flashbacks gave great perspective on what was happening in the present. I would recommend this to anyone that enjoys clean YA romance. I loved Rachel Ward's first book, Dear Jane (you can learn more and read my review on it here), and I'm looking forward to reading her next one!

Rachel Turner Ward graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho, graduating with an Bachelor’s in Arts of English, with an emphasis in Literary Studies. She has contributed to several online publications, including Mormon Mommy Blogs and SheSteals as well as Healthy Mom Magazine. She has written a personal blog since 2009, Trapped Between a Scream and a Hug. Her first novel, Dear Jane, was published in 2016.

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