Book & Author Details:
When Life Gets in the Way by Ines Vieira
Publication date: August 1st 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Romance
A wise man once said that life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.
Cassandra Mackenzie had only one plan. Get into Berkeley, University of California. That was her one purpose and nothing was going to get in her way or sidetrack her from that one goal. Her life would finally begin once she moved from the quiet streets of Plymouth, Massachusetts to the sunny hills’ of San Francisco.
That is if her family doesn’t fall apart before she can make her dreams come true.
Isaac Silva never made any plans his entire life. His only objective was to have the nightmare he lived day in and day out, to finally come to an end. To Isaac, graduating wouldn’t mean college, it would mean freedom.
But when these two meet, all bets are off.
“When Life Gets in the Way” is a story about overcoming diversity and the gruelling challenges that illness and violence can cause. But it is also a story of experiencing that one feeling that surrounds us all.
It can either make you or break you…
At the heart of these pages is a story about two young adults struggling to find their way though life and the challenges it presents to them. And, for the most part, I think that this is handled quite well.
For me, the biggest issue with this tale is the pacing. I found this to be a really slow read, and ultimately, the lethargy of the narrative did affect my enjoyment of the story.
That said, the author has, I think, done a pretty good job of capturing teen responses, although at times, both lead characters behaved in ways that were mature beyond their years.
Ultimately, this wasn’t a bad read, it just didn’t knock my socks off.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
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