Nineteen-year-old Janis has just started renting out her first studio for her dance school, Roc Ballet. Despite her troubled past, she’s beginning her adult life and things look promising.
Charlie is her nineteen-year-old boyfriend of two years. He’s always been supportive of Janis, telling her, “[you] need to do something that would get [your] blood pumping and make [you] raise [your] voice a little.” But as Janis’ future materializes, Charlie realizes just how lost he is.
Charlie is infatuated with the idea of finding a career he loves as much as Janis loves ballet. But he hasn’t done much since high school. Charlie finally decides to quit his job and dedicate all his time to find something he wants to do with his life. His mom, who is supporting him financially, isn’t too happy with this idea.
Charlie’s fear of the future starts to affect their relationship. They find themselves fighting more. And in the middle of all of this, the thing all confused young adults fear most happens – Janis becomes pregnant.
Janis is ready to handle this challenge and move to a new stage in her life, but Charlie isn’t quite there. Switching perspectives between the two of them, we discover whether or not love can survive everything.
I received this book from Netgalley and Smith Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating: ★★★☆☆
EDIT: I do want to say I applaud the author for writing a novel at the age of 22, something I could never do considering we are the same age. I really did enjoy this novel, I just felt like in the words wasn’t quite all the way there. I do love her voice she has though.
This book has a lot of promise. The plot, characters and events in it were great. but I didn’t enjoy how it was actually written. I felt like it was more of a screenplay, just without the cues. In the 248 pages at least 3/4 was just people talking. When they would be talking it would go as follows:
“Blah blah blah”
“Blah blah blah”
“Blah Blah Blah” Some thoughts. “Blah Blah Blah”
And that’s how it would be for 3-4 pages. It was hard to keep track of who was saying what in certain situations. On top of this, the book changes POV every chapter from Charlie to Janis. Which was great. I loved reading about what each person was going through. What I didn’t like was the entire book was written in 1st person, so if you were just reading blindly and not paying much attention, you could easily mix the two up. At least during the first part.
Now I connected with Janis on same levels. I too got pregnant young and was extremely scared. But I admire how she stood up for what she wanted. She prevailed throughout the entire pregnancy and from then on. Charlie. He I did not like. Even to being with. At the start of the book, sure he was in love with Janis and would do anything for her, at that time. But he made everything about him. Sure his dad died when he was 10. But it’s been 10 years. I know it’s not something he can get over, but stop using it as an excuse for how you act. You are an adult. And on that note, act like an adult Charlie.
I still don’t know what I want to do with my life, and I’m 22. But I at least would have gotten a job to support myself. Oh well. You hated working in the restaurant. Boo hoo. Poor me. As you guys can tell. I do not like Charlie’s character. He gets somewhat better at the end. But I still don’t like him.
This whole book covers about 6 years of life, 4 of which you don’t read about. While I liked the time jump of the 4 years, in the beginning I didn’t really grasp the time jumps. I see their point. But there was no way to tell a time jump had happened right off the bat. You had to read a while first.
I really liked the plot and Janis. I just didn’t like how certain things played out, or the fact that book felt rushed like the author didn’t have enough time before her deadline.