What I Thought
Seth and Josie were each others first love, back in sixth grade. All was perfect. Walking around holding hands away from the teachers prying eyes at school, then it’s all gone in the blink of an eye. Josie writes her number on a stolen post it note and makes Seth promise to call her, they share their first ever kiss with each other and then Josie is gone. Not a word, not a goodbye, she just vanished.
Years later, Seth is home on his break from college. His mum needs his help with the restaurant and the auto shop after the death of his father a few months ago. Seth is worried about how his mum is coping, or maybe not coping. Seth just feels super lucky to have such a great support network of friends around him.
After the gym one night, he heads to his friend, Lexi’s place for a shower before they all meet for dinner. The last person he expects to bump in to there is his lost love…….Josie. He quickly realises, that his encounter with the beautiful lady in his car the other day, that was his Josie.
Her eyes grew wide while she bit her bottom lip. Maybe she thought I was cute? Maybe she wanted to get my number? Excitedly, I rolled down mine too. Before I could wave to apologize, or give her my charming smile, she gave me the bird and shouted “ASSHOLE!” Nice! I just got burned. I didnt know why I was so pissed off again, besides the fact that it was her fault in the first place, but I gave her one right back.
Josie is on the run from a bad past that just keeps finding her, no matter where she runs. A past she doesn’t want Seth to know about due to embarrassment.
Spending a lot of time together, Josie and Seth become closer. They both want their lost love back but Josie holds back. Seth knows she is keeping something to herself though. Josie has no real plans laid down for her future and evades whenever Seth asks. She cant lay down plans whilst always having to be ready to run. They both know Seth will soon be returning to college.
Can Seth and Josie get a second chance at love? Will the past ever just stay in the past or will it return to haunt Josie and come between them? Can they forget all their pain and help each other move forward together?
My Serenity is of the New Adult Genre. Its written in the male and female perspective easily flowing from one person to the other. It is an emotional story. Both characters dealing with plenty of heartache, pasts that will haunt them for the rest of their lives and lost love that everyone reading hopes to see rekindled.
My feelings on this book are quite conflicted really. The pace of the story was a little up and down for me. Great start, it even had me giggling with the quote I have posted above, the middle though seemed to go a little dry for me. It slowed down a little, to me, it felt like it was coasting, but then we perked right back up again later on.
I love the close friendship between Seth, Josie and all of the secondary characters. The pretend flirting banter between Seth and his best friend Elijah was hilarious, but sometimes Seth was a little to super sensitive, maybe a little soppy for me. Seth just needed to be a little…….More manly, in my opinion. He just lacked something that didnt quite make me connect with him.
I loved Josie’s character. Going through so much turmoil and trauma growing up and still turning into a strong independent lady. It was a great storyline.
Overall an emotional, angsty read, full of emotions and highs and lows. I now have a copy of book #1, My Clarity, I’m going to give this one a read as I have heard many good things.
About The Author
Mary Ting resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book-No Bullies Allowed.
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