love in new adult Stephanie Witter made phenomenal job at creating another gut
wrenching story about fighting with depression and twist and turns of life that
hooked me and made me breathless.” Patrycja *Smokin’ Hot Babe*
Contemporary New Adult novel with a slow building romance.
16 Sep, 2013
over 85 000 words.
is not intended for readers under 18.
Seattle for their first year of college, but he dumped her after only a week.
The relationship brought only pain and destruction in Skye’s life, and yet, she
can’t bring herself to open up and live her life.
oversized shirts and behind her wild frizzy hair. Even her bubbly roommate
can’t reach her. And yet …
so much that your insides feel like they’re cut and bleeding.”
psychology class changes everything when he literally collides with her and
confronts her. For the first time in a long time, she wants to try and open up
to this guy whose dark, intense eyes can’t hide his own pain despite his
dazzling smile getting to her.
again, her ex-boyfriend comes back, breaking her time and time again, making it
all the more complicated.
building thing with the TA, even when he pushes her away, but can two broken
people patch each other up?
could change lives, but it is possible.”
heartbreakingly sad at times, angsty, heartwarming, and inspirational. I was
hooked from the start. Had I not passed out in the wee hours of the morning, I
would have read Parch up straight through, it is THAT good.” Dawn L
Nerd Girl Reviews :-
*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review*
Skye followed her high school boyfriend to Seattle for University, but once they arrived he dumped her shattering what he had already broken. The relationship and the aftermath left Skye broken and closed off from the world. She hasn’t made any friends and she doesn’t want anyway, she can’t stand to be touched and she hides behind her clothes and hair hoping nobody notices her. Until one day she collides with the TA all the other girls are staring at in her psychology class. He’s sees past everything and to pain that embodies Skye. Can they repair each other and move on from their pasts?
“I never thought colliding with somebody could change lives.”
I ended up loving this book. I was a little hesitant when I first started reading, before I knew Skye’s history. I did what everyone else in the book did actually, I was frustrated with how annoyingly shy and nervous she was. But as her character developed and you learnt more about her the character was no longer cliché and annoying, because in reality she had strength no one could see.
Sometimes stories like this develop unnaturally for me, characters changing too quickly and moving on and up in a way that doesn’t work well with how the story and character started, but that doesn’t happen here. Stephanie Witter has written characters that are so raw and wounded and she doesn’t force anything, every step for Skye whether it be forwards or backwards doesn’t feel like a scene filler or just put there to make the story go forward it actually feels right.
This books contains sensitive subjects and I think Stephanie Witter handled them amazingly, at no point did I feel anything was done to shock for the sake of shocking.
I would definitely recommend this book!
*This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.*
What other reviewers had to say –
it feel more realistic. The storyline is strong and holds its own without the
romance and then the romance is just the cherry on the cake.” Laura Carter
and wished I could reach in and save Skye from her fate.” Author Karen Swart
character, Skye, and find yourself looking at the world very differently. The
emotions I experience reading this novel was epic. One moment I would be so
sad, and then over to smiling and then boom, I hated someone.” Janine Fourie –
Witter is a French dreamer. She started English at three and fell in love with
the language. Always with a book – or two – close by, she soon started reading
in English when she couldn’t wait to see Harry Potter translated in French.
After a while, reading wasn’t enough and she started writing young adult and
new adult contemporary novels always filled with drama. Now she hopes to
translate English novels in her mother tongue as her everyday job. By My Side
is her debut novel.
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