Tough LoveJanessa knows she should run in the other direction when Brendan enters her life. Her squeaky-clean upbringing is in direct opposition to his piercings, a myriad of tattoos and the rumors that surround him. But she doesn’t run. Love, betrayal and lies become the foundation of their lives, but one heartbreaking confession makes Janessa question everything. After a devastating diagnosis, Janessa’s world crumbles around her. When she can no longer ignore the reality of who Brendan really is, she must choose between those who love her and the only one she has ever loved.
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And now for my review...
Tough Love by Marcie Bridges
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
When I hastily read the blurb for this title, I mistook it for a romance which was totally my mistake. This book is not a romance and even before a quarter of a way through, it’s clear that the book is going to be a tragedy of sorts. That said, this is not my genre of choice, but I did enjoy this story.
I would call it Young Adult or New Adult Literary Fiction. If that’s you, this is a well-written drama that you’ll want to check out. The story moves back and forth through time and memories, but each jump is clearly defined with dates and it is not hard to follow. It’s about a young girl’s addiction with the wrong boy, her journey, and the choices she made.
Every teenage girl struggles with relationships and has met and maybe dated the wrong boy. Love never makes sense at that age, and this novel does a great job of portraying the struggle of a girl’s heart and head wanting two different things.
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