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Begin Again (Forgive and Never Forget Book 1) Kindle Edition
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For various awful reasons Aubrey is ready for a new start, so she moves from Chicago to California to live with her older brother Brandon. She has to deal with a new school, new friends and a new life whilst also trying to forget her past and the reasons why she moved.
This story is so emotional and you can help but love Aubrey, she is broken but still so strong, she doesn't see how beautiful and kind she is, she is such a likeable character and somebody you can really relate to. When we learn about her past it felt so real and there are a lot of cases like this when nobody believes it, so I found it very intriguing hear her story and how it eventually played out.
We see Aubrey trying to deal with everything herself before realising people do care about her, she attracts a lot of male attention straight away which I thought may change her and make her a bit full of herself but it didn't at all. There was a guy that I was rooting for and hoped he would win Aubrey over in the end but I think we might have to wait for the next book to see who she will choose.
I thought there was going to be a twist throughout the book but this did not come until the very end, usually I don't like waiting for it but with this book I didn't mind. The story was so addictive and well written that you just get completely sucked in and don't want the book to end.
I don't want to reveal too much about this book as I think it is much more powerful if you read it knowing as little as possible, but let me tell you, it is well worth a read!
I would highly recommend Begin Again to anybody that likes an easy to read, YA novel with lots of emotional roller-coasters! I couldn't put this book down and I am so thankful Brittney provided me with the next book because I NEED to see what happens next for Aubrey. This is one of the best YA books I have read this year!
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The story starts out as a basic high school tale, but then inserts a bit of mystery and danger. The suspense is good, but there is a cliffhanger. Since the ending is abrupt and leads into the next book, you might want to have Live Again ready to continue on with Aubrey's story.
Escaping her past, Aubrey Tate moves to Southern California for a fresh start with her older brother, Brandon. Starting over at a new school seems easy with her cousin, Mckayla, and her two best friends at her side, but handling the new guys is another matter. Aubrey ends up in the middle of three rivals that each want her to themselves. Mike claims her first and declare himself her friend and protector. Luke is the school heartthrob that stops Aubrey in her tracks, speechless. Gage is the mysterious, dark outsider that Aubrey can be herself around. How will she navigate her new life while she’s still haunted by her past?
The story in this first book was entertaining and the characters generally likable. Aubrey's a really nice girl, and she's lucky to have so many people take to her and befriend her. For some, that might be a stretch, but I always remember something that Stephenie Meyer said when people complained about Bella suddenly being so popular in the new school. Some found it unbelievable, but Meyer said she'd based that upon her own experience when she went away to college. The key was that it was "new girl" novelty. It's then up to the person to prove worthy of the attention, so to speak.
For me, there were just too many potential love interests, but this is a YA story, so I imagine girls this age will love that aspect. The mystery and the stalker mostly make up for that. Mostly.
Warning. This book ends on the worst kind of cliffhanger. It's like the story just stops. No resolution at all. About anything. So, in essence, this "book" is really only half of a book. I enjoyed it and will read on, but be prepared to buy both books, or you'll be miffed like I was. I'd have rated it a full star higher if not for this.
3 1/2 stars, rounded up to a 4.
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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