After sitting down and tearing through the ARC for Because I Love You by Tori Rigby, I was left with that giddy sense you get after watching an awesome “feel good” movie. I went through a plethora of emotions while reading: sadness, outrage, disgust, and hope, before ultimately being left with the feeling that all was right with the world. And basically that translates into “this book is my favorite king of read.”
I’ll be honest, I’m not generally a contemporary chick lit kind of girl, normally leaning toward more dark paranormal type books, which just goes to show that even I can be wrong. I absolutely adored this book from the start.
Andie Hamilton is a protagonist you can’t help but feel connected to. Struggling to come to terms with how her life has been forever altered by one choice, Andie is strong. She continues to put one shoe in front of the other and to take one breath at a time while trudging through heartbreak, loss, and the worst kind of betrayal before ultimately finding herself on the better side of love.
And, of course, Andie isn’t the only compelling character in the book. Neil Donaghue, an intense boy who has suffered a painful past, is endearing in the way that only a bad boy with a heart of gold can be. He looks beyond hurt and suffering and beyond stereotypes to find the kind of love he has always wanted but has never known. I can easily see many young females falling for Neil. Get ready for your new favorite book boyfriend.
This story is real. Andie could be you, or your daughter, or your friend. Teen pregnancy is a big subject that has big effects on the lives of everyone it touches. And I think Tori has done an outstanding job of presenting it in a way that neither supports nor ridicules the choices surrounding it. At the heart of this story, love is the abounding factor. Romantic love, a mother’s love for a child, a child’s love for a parent, love of self. In the end, love is the only thing. And it changes everything.
I’m giving this book 5 stars. Because it made me laugh out loud, and tear up, and made me mad, and made me happy. For me, when reading, that’s a rare thing.
This book releases May 17, 2016 through Blaze Publishing.