I was asked by Densie Webb to read and review her book ‘You’ll Be Thinking of Me’ and I loved it!!
A chance encounter with a celebrity, an impromptu video of an innocent kiss and a shiny new espresso machine. It all added up to a juicy tale for 24-year old Rachael Allen to share. But when her best friend posts the video online, bizarre threats from an obsessed fan follow close behind. Mick Sullivan, the star in her video, offers to help and in the process, Rachael discovers that despite his reputation as a player of Olympian caliber, he’s down-to-earth—and emotionally damaged. Despite wildly divergent life paths, their shared southern upbringing and a passion for good music create a common thread that draws them to one another. As the threats escalate, and their relationship deepens, Rachael struggles to accept Mick’s past and ultimately decide if being with Mick Sullivan is worth the collateral damage.
READABILITY- I become obsessed with this book while reading it, I could not put it down and when I did it played on my mind, I kept thinking ‘WHAT WILL BRENDA DO NEXT?’ It was easy to read but really intense. If you want to be sat on the edge of your seat, mesmerised by the story and the engrossing writing, read this book.
Mick the Hollywood act, had the heartthrob, broken artist thing going for him which made him a really easy character to visualize. The fact he was a soft and down to earth person at heart made him so easy to sympathize with, which instantly made me forgive all the negativity surrounding him.
I could also connect with Rachael which made me invest more into the narrative because I could envision myself in her position, she was that everyday girl that anyone could relate to; she was awkward and clumsy for example. However she was just placed into a terrible situation, forcing the reader to root for her to achieve happiness.
While Brenda is a very enigmatic character who really grabbed my attention, although she was really messed up, each therapy session revealed more and more about her life. I found this fantastically frustrating (in a good way) because I wanted to fully hate her but with each therapy session, a new horrendous story from her past was revealed which made my emotions for her torn. While I felt hatred mostly, sympathy slipped into that and made me feel sorry for her.
These three characters work so well together, yet stood alone they have such powerful and emotive background stories which makes the reader feel so invested into the characters lives.
The other characters helped make the story more intense, funny, anxious and addictive.
NARRATIVE- The point of view switches from character to character but mainly switching between Brenda and Rachael. Their juxtaposing narrations create tension which both grips the reader and pushes the narrative forward. I could feel how the characters extreme emotions overwhelmed them through the powerful description that was beautifully written on the page, I could feel; the fear, anxiety, passion and most of all love ooze with every declaration the characters made. The swapping of narratives worked really well for this story because it created dramatic irony, giving the audience the upper hand because they know who the stalker is before either Rachael or Mick do.
COVER- I think this cover is amazing, the eyes pierce into the readers, forcing them to be captivated by her. This is a really good glimpse into the book because that is what I felt Brenda was doing, demanding attention.
I am pretty sure this was my face most of the time…
Then the really cute Nick and Rachael moments would come along and it would change to this (I am secretly a hopeless romantic),
“As he pressed his lips harder against mine, he took in a sudden sharp breath and I was plunging down that first breathtaking drop on a roller coaster.”
If you are looking for a new book to read, then you need to go and buy this because it is incredible, definitely one of my favourite books of 2015 so far. I was so happy with the conclusion of this book and although I was heartbroken by certain loses, the happiness the characters felt outweighed them. You can purchase it by clicking here. It is £1.99!