#Review | If He Had Been With Me

June 3, 2014

If He had Been With Me
Author:  Laura Nowlin
Series: Standalone
Pages: 336
Publisher:  Sourcebooks
Release Date: April 1st, 2013
Source: I received this book from Sourcebooks for review.Thanks so much Source for letting me review this book.  

If he had been with me everything would have been different...

I wasn't with Finn on that August night. But I should've been. It was raining, of course. And he and Sylvie were arguing as he drove down the slick road. No one ever says what they were arguing about. Other people think it's not important. They do not know there is another story. The story that lurks between the facts. What they do not know—the cause of the argument—is crucial.

So let me tell you.

If He Had Been With Me captures your heart with the power of friendship, betrayal and, of course, true love.

Finny and Autum were bound to be best friends even before birth when their mothers became neighbors and soon after, best friends as well. Finny and Autum are inseparable throughout elementary and middle school, but soon began to drift apart as freshman year starts. Due to the fact, that Finny is now a popular athlete and Autum is a part of the misfits. While Finny and Autum are certainly on opposite sides of the social spectrum, can they ever be friends again or will their friendship slowly fade?

Finny is the guy everyone wants-- he’s sincere, charming and let’s not forget cute.  Finny is just such an amazing character. Autum, the main character, throughout the book is very insecure on well, just about everything. Although she was very insecure, I would not call her character annoying because most teenagers are insecure on some level. Autum was a really different protagonist character to me from any other I have read because she had the courage to want to be different and she really did not care what others though about her.

Let’s not forget the writing in the plot which by the way was fantastic. I have tried to write a sentence that would do this book justice, but no words can describe the emotions you get from reading this book without completely spoiling the book for you guys. Honestly all I could muster up without giving away the whole plot is that from the very beginning just from reading the summary I knew something dire was bound to happen.  Although I knew it was going to happen, my heart was still crushed. Needless to say, keep your tissues around towards the end! You will need them!

This book is such a heart stopping contemporary and like I said before I can’t even begin to describe the emotional effects this book inflicted on me. If you’re looking for a short, heartfelt read If He Had Been With Me is your book!

In the end If He Had Been With Me will not only takes you on an incredible journey, but within that journey is friendship, betrayal, true love, and family. 

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