Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Review: Back When You Were Easier to Love

Back When You Were Easier to Love
Back When You Were Easier to Love
Emily Wing Smith
Publisher: Dutton Childrens Books
Release Date: April 28, 2011

What's worse than getting dumped? Not even knowing if you've been dumped. Joy got no goodbye, and certainly no explanation when Zan—the love of her life and the only good thing about stifling, backward Haven, Utah—unceremoniously and unexpectedly left for college a year early. Joy needs closure almost as much as she needs Zan, so she heads for California, and Zan, riding shotgun beside Zan's former-best-friend Noah.

Original and insightful, quirky and crushing, Joy's story is told in surprising and artfully shifting flashbacks between her life then and now. Exquisite craft and wry, relatable humor signal the arrival of Emily Wing Smith as a breakout talent.

First off, I love books with road trips. The Secret Life of Prince Charming and Amy and Roger's Epic Detour are my favorites. While Back When You Were Easier to Love doesn't quite compare to them, it was still a fun ride.

Joy's obsession with Zan really bothered me. Though, I think you needed that for the story. Still, Joy was very cut off from everyone at the beginning of the book. As the story went on, she grew to see people and I started liking her more.

Back When You Were Easier to Love is a very short read. I half wish that it was a little longer, but what was there I enjoyed

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