Wednesday, April 30, 2014

How We Lived by Erin Butler with Giveaway & Review

Book Title: How We Lived
Author:  Erin Butler

Book Synopsis:
Nineteen-year-old Kelsey Larkin’s parents uninvited her to her brother’s funeral. She just wanted to wear jeans and a T-shirt—the clothes Kyle would’ve wanted her in—not wrap herself up in death. So she watched the funeral from afar, like an outsider. Which is just how she feels. Chase came, though, just like she knew he would. Until a few months ago, the three of them had been best friends, and then Chase made a mistake that shattered both families. But when Kelsey looks at him, she doesn’t see her brother’s killer. She sees the boy next door who’s always taken care of her. She sees home.
When Chase tells her his feelings run deeper than friendship, she can’t help but get lost in him. In Chase, she finally has the closure she’s been unable to find anywhere else. But the boy she’s falling in love with is still hiding secrets about the night Kyle died. Secrets that could destroy everything they have...again.
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My Review: 4 1/2 stars
This book just made me cry for the people involved and everything they've had to go through. Also the things that they will have to live will always. It's a difficult thing, to put it mildly, to lose someone to tragedy. I loved that Kelsey still loved Chase, and forgave him for what had been done. I understand that even though she had lost her brother, she couldn't lose Chase as well. She needed him, just as much as he needed her. Chase has loved Kelsey for a long time, and was afraid of telling her how he really feels. This story, while at times difficult to read, is beautifully done and it brought me to tears many times. You will need to read for yourselves just what a great book it is. I loved how Erin made it so realistic, made me care what happened to these characters, made me want them to be happy and at peace. I'll definitely look for more of her work again. 

Author Bio:  Erin Butler is lucky enough to have two jobs she truly loves. As a librarian, she gets to work with books all day long, and as an author, Erin uses her active imagination to write the kinds of books she loves to read. Young Adult and New Adult books are her favorites, but she especially fangirls over a sigh-worthy romance.
She lives in Central New York with her very understanding husband, a stepson, and doggie BFF, Maxie. Preferring to spend her time indoors reading or writing, she’ll only willingly go outside for chocolate and sunshine—in that order.

Giveaway Info: 
(2) $25 gift cards

1 comment:

  1. Ack! My schedule is insanely full but I've been thinking I might want to read this. I could use a bit of a tear jerker.