Review : If he had been with me, Laura Nowlin


If you’re not an amateur of books that make you tear up, or if you’re just not that into high-school-first-sweethearts-best-friends-forever kind of thing, this book isn’t worth your time. If that’s not your case, then stop immediately everything you’re doing to pick up that wonderful first book from a promising young adult author. I swear you won’t regret it.

This book broke my heart, litteraly. In a million tiny little pieces. I’m not gonna give out any spoilers, because let’s face it, it’s funnier to watch you get your heart broken, too. If he had been with me is the story of Autumn and Finn, two childhood bestfriends, who slowly grow apart as high school comes, and life happens. Right from the start, you find yourself in a poignant prose that is in fact, an insight of what’s going to happen. The story follows on as flashbacks into the life of Autumn and Finn, their stories, their friendship as it complicates around other friendships and love stories. Somehow, Nowlin’s prose keeps you reading, as the story becomes more and more poignant, and leading to an ending you could have seen coming. But, too busy closing your eyes, deep into the story and the feelings of the characters, you’ll find yourself falling over the edge. This is a heart-breaking story, let me warn you, but this isn’t one to be missed. The author’s writing is like a poem, like a sip of alcohol, bittersweet on your tongue, and leaving you the next morning a little lost and confused about what happened.

If he had been with me is definitely a story i look forward to reading again, well, maybe in a few months, the cut is still too deep for now. I look forward to reading more from Laura Nowlin, and i hope you are, too ! Her next book, This Song Is (Not) For You, is expected in spring 2015.

PS. Laura is a really nice person, too, and close to her readers, you can reach out to her on her twitter account, and on goodreads, she even answers questions!

Laura Nowlin, If he had been with me, published by Sourcebooks Fire, April 1st, 2013. 



If he had been with me everything would have been different…

I wasn’t with Finn on that August night. But I should’ve been. It was raining, of course. And he and Sylvie were arguing as he drove down the slick road. No one ever says what they were arguing about. Other people think it’s not important. They do not know there is another story. The story that lurks between the facts. What they do not know—the cause of the argument—is crucial.

So let me tell you…

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