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If He Had Been with Me: The Tiktok Sensation

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There's something about Laura Nowlin's writing that reaches out and touches the heart in unexpected ways. I think it’s one of those things you don’t even really care about and you think, “oh whatever, it doesn't seem that bad” but then it comes and at first you’re like ? The novel tells the story of Autumn and Finny as they navigate the complicated waters of high school and intimate relationships. Despite being a complete mess a few days afterwards and constantly asking myself how and why Nowlin would do this to me. also let me just say that i really just read the first chapter in this book and was like ah ok and wiped my mind clean of it CLEARLY bc i should not be this big of a mess rn.

All I can see is the moment afterward, the moment of her weightless suspension in the air, her arms flailing in slow motion, her hair, a bit bloody and now wet with rain, streaming behind her like a mermaid's, her mouth a round O in a scream of panic, the dark wet night surrounding her in perfect silhouette. Her friends were also a supportive bunch, and I enjoyed the fun they had and the time they spent together, but one particular point which I didn’t expect at all, blemished my high opinion I held of some of them. I watched Autumn shut down towards the end completely and totally understanding the reasoning as though I was reading it through a young woman's mind. The stories were timed right as to show their significance into why that memory had a specific impact to why Autumn was the way she was today. This is one of those books that will sit at the back of my mind forever remembered, quietly torturing me and haunting my soul.As Autumn deals with the ins and outs of high school, family difficulties, and depression, Finny is always on her mind. For me this book was a really good read and i didn’t want to put it down, however it lost stars for me personally as it was a little immature during scenes (the tiara being one thing) and despite the emotional ending I found it a little bit rushed but I also think this was intended just to twist the danger in the heart that little bit more!

So, get ready to vibe because these books paired with Taylor Swift’s sound and lyricism have our hearts absolutely captivated. Anyone who lacks the basic knowledge of grammar, probably makes questionable decisions about publishing too. Autumn picks the college she wants to attend, deciding against becoming a teacher and embracing her creative writing dream.Finn is a gem and I love him <3 I predicted the ending (both of them-) and it was very sad, even if I didn't myself much connected with the characters.

We watch her relationship with Jaime continue and her bonds with her "group" of friends get stronger. The beautiful cover and the description of this book lured me in and I couldn’t wait to read this story. Despite knowing this I continually tried to bury this awful fact at the back of my mind, I kept trying to make myself believe that the author would change the course of the story and that maybe she was just playing with us. Definitely take a chance on this story — allow yourselves to be caught up in Autumn and Finn’s lives and to root for two childhood best friends to fall in love. the tiara really was so quirky and just like kept making me kinda giggle and shake my head like what is the point?

While Finny and Sylvie argue over their relationship in his car, he loses control in the rain and Sylvie is thrown from the car. Her friends were also a supportive bunch, and I enjoyed the fun they had and the time they spent together, but one particular point which I didn’t exp So it came as no surprise that when the ending did finally come, I found myself choked up all over again. Using tender prose that makes it hard not to care about the main characters, this title chronicles four years of high school and the confusing post-graduation period.

So, is the reader supposed to believe that Autumn and Finny were just Meant To Be and Perfect For Each Other? I will say, however, I was satisfied when Autumn and Finny finally realized their romantic love for each other.That is mental illness: the constant rewind and fast forward of feeling too much and not enough, the past being as palpable as the present.

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