Friday, January 4, 2013

[Blog Tour] Back To You by Priscilla Glenn

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Today, I'm participating in a blog tour hosted by AToMR Tours for Priscilla Glenn's book entitled Back To You. And for this blog tour, I am going to give a review. =)

Title: Back to You
Author: Priscilla Glenn
Date of Publication: October 20, 2012
Genre: Romance, Drama, Young Adult
Source: ARC from Author
Rating: 5/5

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When Lauren Monroe first laid eyes on Michael Delaney back in high school, she had every reason to stay away from him; within minutes of their first encounter, his volatile actions confirmed his notorious reputation. But Lauren saw something in him that caused her to question his bad-boy persona, and against her better judgment, she took a chance. She had no way of knowing that the unlikely friendship they formed would become so important to her.
Or that it would end so painfully.
Eight years later, when Lauren begins her new job at Learn and Grow Day Care, Michael is the last person she expects to see. Refusing to revisit the hurt and confusion of their past, Lauren vows to keep her distance from him. But staying away from Michael proves to be more difficult than she thought, despite her lingering grief and her instincts for self-preservation. 
As Lauren and Michael recall the friendship that changed them forever and the events that tore them apart, will they finally be able to heal? Or will the ghosts of Michael’s past prove to be too much to overcome?

Back to You is an uplifting story of love, loss and second chances. This is a very beautiful story, and I really, really loved it.

I could not stress just how much this story really hit my heartstrings in all the right places. This is one of those stories where everything is just in perfect sync that I’m at a loss for words on where to start reviewing. I’m literally left blown away. And I admit that I am still fumbling for words to describe just how I felt about the story as I type this review, but I will try my best.

The storyline is simple and the storytelling is gentle, but as the saying goes ‘Simplicity is beauty’. In the case of Priscilla Glenn’s Back To You, its simplicity is exactly the reason why it is beautiful.

First off, the characters are very much relatable because what they went through during their teenage years was something that every person has probably gone through at one point in their lives. The relationship between Lauren and Michael was also believable and fascinating; their friendship was unusual and odd, but it was also beautiful in a sort of complicated way.

Second, there was growth. The relationship between the two main characters didn’t just sprout out of nowhere. It was given time to take root and grow. Even the characters themselves were given time to live their lives and make their own decisions. These made the story all the more seem plausible and gave it a sort of slice-of-life feel to it.

Third, while the plot is not that mind-blowing, there was something in the way the author narrated the story that drew me in. The whole story itself was very much endearing. Like I said, the storyline was simple, but it was very well-written and nothing was out of sync. While reading the book, I felt like I was by the sidelines, acting as an audience to the unfolding of a heart-tugging story, and when the ending drew near, I was there.

Also, this book is proof that not only stories with tragic endings can make readers cry, even happy endings, too. Personally, I’m not the kind of person who usually gets too emotional over a book, but I must admit that Priscilla Glenn’s Back To You made me bawl my eyes happily. It made me shed tears of joy, and left me with a feeling of warmth after I finally finished reading the story.

Finally, thank you, dear Authoress, for letting me read and review such a heart-warming story. I’ve doubtlessly read a priceless gem. Kudos to you!

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