on 23 July 2014
I actually skipped Book 2 (Now and Again - which was Layla's story) - but it did not spoil the book.
However, this book started with Em owning and running a cupcake bakery - which I thought really strange as previously art had been her life and in particular painting - during the whole book there is no reference to art or painting, which previously had been her catharticism, but then nothing - that's one of the reasons for not giving full marks - sorry if that's lame!
Em and Cole are continuing to be in love.
I actually didn't care too much for Layla in Book 1 - but loved her relationship with Ben - she was a much less high-maintenance character, something or someone had grounded her.
Another weak point was the angst that Em developed with her parents - in particular her father. Whilst her relationship with her sister was the angst element in Book 1 - there had to be a shift in this book, as the two sisters were getting on famously. So her mum and dad, to whom she has a very close bond, turn against her and Cole for being pregnant, out of wedlock?! I mean come on, we're not in the dark ages! The religious and strict nature of her parents beliefs were not revealed at all in the earlier books, so I was surprised that they took such a stance this time.
Anyways, I actually think I might have missed a trick with swerving on Book 2 as Layla and Ben seemed great fun.
Get all 3 books if you can.
on 29 March 2014
I really like the two central sisters in this series, their relationship is probably recognizable to most women who have sisters. I like the ordinary every day struggles that they have to navigate, most of us will have experience with at least some similar situations. There is also some properly laugh out loud dialogue dotted throughout!