Genre: Contemporary New Adult novel with a slow building romance.
Publisher: Anchor Group
Date of Publication: 16 Sep, 2013
Number of pages: 260 pages
Cover Artist: Cover It Designs
Editor: Melissa Ringsted
Length: over 85 000 words.
Due to some shocking scenes, this novel is not
intended for readers under 18.
~ Blurb ~
Skye followed her long time boyfriend to Seattle for their first year of college, but he dumped her after only a week. The relationship brought only pain and destruction in Skye's life, and yet, she can't bring herself to open up and live her life.
"What if I am already broken into pieces?"
She hates to be touched, hiding under her oversized shirts and behind her wild frizzy hair. Even her bubbly roommate can't reach her. And yet ...
"I'm the guy who knows how you can hurt so much that your insides feel like they're cut and bleeding."
The tall, handsome, and tattooed TA in her psychology class changes everything when he literally collides with her and confronts her. For the first time in a long time, she wants to try and open up to this guy whose dark, intense eyes can't hide his own pain despite his dazzling smile getting to her.
However, just when she's starting to live again, her ex-boyfriend comes back, breaking her time and time again, making it all the more complicated.
She wants to fight for herself and for this building thing with the TA, even when he pushes her away, but can two broken people patch each other up?
~ Review ~
I finished reading this book in a day. I just couldn't put it down and no matter how much my body wanted to sleep, my brain just wouldn't switch off and kept convincing me that I had to read just one more chapter.
Emotional roller coaster doesn't even come close to describing this book, and I found myself becoming attached to Skye and Duke as they tried to break down each other's barriers. I loved the way the pieces slowly came together, and felt such compassion for both Skye and Duke as I learnt their stories. Both are so broken, and barely functioning at times, but they recognise something in each other and their relationship will either bring them back to life or end in total destruction. It's not an easy read, and it will affect some people more than others, but it's a book I won't ever forget.
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Stephanie Witter is a French dreamer. She started English at three and fell in love with the language. Always with a book - or two - close by, she soon started reading in English when she couldn't wait to see Harry Potter translated in French. After a while, reading wasn't enough and she started writing young adult and new adult contemporary novels always filled with drama. Now she hopes to translate English novels in her mother tongue as her everyday job. By My Side is her debut novel.
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