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If He Had Been with Me: The Tiktok Sensation

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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! Autumn continues to rely on Jamie only to discover just after graduation that he’s fallen in love with her friend, Sasha. 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 While Finny and Sylvie argue over their relationship in his car, he loses control in the rain and Sylvie is thrown from the car. The book pulled at my heartstrings and left me grieving the characters as if I knew them personally, but also left me wanting to skip through some tedious plot lines.

As a reader the story’s slow build up to Autumn and Finny declaring their love which does finally occurs in the last 90% of the book. So yeah idk if this makes me want to give the book a high or low rating but the fact that it’s evoking all these feelings out of me makes me feel like it must be doing something right. I keep thinking about the miscommunication between them, the love Finn always had for Autumn, and how neither of them knew what the other truly meant to them. While I cherished the rare moments between Autumn and Finny that aided in ultimately bringing the two together in the end, the entire plot felt pointless.

At home, they continue to celebrate holidays together with their families, even though things are awkward between the two of them.

Despite that I knew there was a *Romeo and Juliet-esque / tragic love story ending, I couldn’t help but allow myself to be swept away by Autumn and Finn’s story. I kept going back to the front of the book to make sure it wasn’t an Advanced Reader Copy but sure enough, it was read and approved by an editor. Senior year brings Finny and Autumn closer as they share a gym class and become partners in their activities.So, is the reader supposed to believe that Autumn and Finny were just Meant To Be and Perfect For Each Other? I started reading in the morning and didn't put it down until I was done crying because I had a feeling someone stabbed me in the heart even though the book started with the most unpleasant thing than can happen. There's something about Laura Nowlin's writing that reaches out and touches the heart in unexpected ways. Our main characters are in high school and I really related to the emotions, relationships, and friendships in this book. It’s a story which deals with issues of friendship, first loves and family in the most raw and intense way I have come across in a long time.

Finn was the shy boy who was utterly talented when it came to sports but also a very caring boy which will make complete sense how things came to by at the end.

Eventually, Autumn and Finny find their way back to each other and fall in love—only to be separated again by Finny’s death, which finally gives readers context to the foreshadowing in the prologue that lured them into the story. 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. I can see them in the car before the accident—the heavy rain, the world and the pavement as wet and slick as if it had been oiled down for their arrival. 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 characters were okay, Finn was my favourite out of them all but I found I didnt really connect with the characters like I do in other books. One teen becomes pregnant the first time she has sex, and it's implied that another teen may also be pregnant after having sex for the first time. This is the kind of YA title that makes a difference with its deep emotionality and lingering takeaways. I can feel the printed words seeping through my skin and into my veins, rushing to my heart and marking it forever.The beautiful cover and the description of this book lured me in and I couldn’t wait to read this story. Graduation comes and go and relationships change, feelings change, friendships renew and past events are discussed. I still keep hoping that what I read was a lie and there’s going to be some miracle that says it didn’t happen the way it did. When Finny gets out to check on her, he steps into a pool of water that has been electrified by a fallen power line. Teens discuss, embrace, and/or try to break free of various high school and gender stereotypes -- such as athlete, cheerleader, goth, prom king, and preppy.

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