Review: While You’re Away {Part I} by Jessa Holbrook

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3.5 Stars

I was really intrigued by the synopsis of While You’re Away from the moment I read it. To be clear, I’m not one to dislike books or characters automatically for cheating. I think it’s something that happens with teenagers all the time. I want to know what led them to do it. I’m a lot less forgiving when adults cheat because adults are grown-ups and should be better than teenagers. With that said, let’s talk about the first part of While You’re Away.

I was almost immediately sympathetic to Sarah. Sarah is smart, artistic, and funny. I liked her, even if we meet her when she’s not in the best state of mind. See, Sarah and her boyfriend, Dave, are a musical act called Dasa. They both play guitar and sing and it’s totally cute. Except Dave loves basking in the afterglow of each performance by flirting with girls who are fawning all over him. He doesn’t do anything past that, but he also doesn’t pay any mind to his girlfriend, who as you might have guessed isn’t happy about this. She’s told him how she feels about this, but he just can’t help himself. And Dave sounds like a good guy…but that just ticked me off.

Now Will. Will is the school’s bad boy, biggest player. He does have a girlfriend, and he seems to be settled down with her, but when he and Sarah share that first moment together, you can feel their connection right away. It’s not that these two have a lust-at-first-sight thing, they’ve known each other for years, but I guess they’ve never really had a conversation before. I think that gave their connection and their actions a little more depth in my opinion. I was glad they didn’t just go for it on attraction alone. I don’t think I would’ve felt the same toward them had this been the case.

I can’t believe I have these many thoughts on so little, but it was a good start to a story. I’m intrigued on how it will all play out. I want to know more!! I’m completely looking forward to the next part of While You’re Away.

Book Info

While You’re Away by Jessa Holbrook
Series: While You’re Away,
Published by Razorbill
Pub Date: October 15th 2013
Pages: 48
Format: ARC | Source: NetGalley
Genres: ContemporaryNew AdultRomance
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Once a cheater, always a cheater?

From the moment Will and Sarah first set eyes upon each other, they know that what they have is special.

There’s just one little problem . . . each of them already has a significant other.

After flirting with danger, it becomes clear their passion is too strong to be denied. But even if they make their relationship official, there are plenty of challenges in store. Will leaves for college at the end of the summer, while Sarah faces her senior year of high school in their small suburban town. Long-distance relationships always come with their fair share of troubles—mismatched schedules, jealousy, and temptation are only the beginning.

Can cheaters ever change?

WHILE YOU’RE AWAY is a steamy story about a love triangle, a long-distance relationship, and learning the true meaning of commitment.


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5 Responses to “Review: While You’re Away {Part I} by Jessa Holbrook”

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    It happens in real life so why wouldn’t you read about it in books. I just don’t want any quick solutions because losing trust in someone is never easy.

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    Cheating happens in life and in books. If its in books or in real life its never easy to deal with.

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    Michelle Flick

    The act of cheating makes me dislike the character who did it. It’s realistic and adds to the plot in ways and does make me feel something, but always to the negative,

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    Angela C.

    I don’t like cheating in books, but I guess it depends on the situation. Sometimes it makes sense and other times, it’s just stupid.

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    I like reading about them, but I do not like them at all in real life. I’m a big ol hypocrite. I really excited to read this book though. I hadn’t even heard of this book prior to your review. So thank you for introducing me to a new read. And thank you for the giveaway.

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