5 out of 5 Stars
By My Side by Stephanie Witter
As a teenager Lily Saunders faces problems like all teens. But when her mom and dad decide to divorce her world starts falling apart around her.
Lily’s mom starts drinking away her problems; her dad doesn’t seem to give a damn about her or her mother and Lily is left to deal with everything. She has a best friend Andy Green who have stand by her through life. But when Lily approaches Andy to find comfort her best friend is pushing her away and forces her to bend to his crew of friends or be left out.
All alone Lily finds comfort, support and understanding from someone she least expected it from, her childhood bully Gabe Green. Gabe is Andy’s brother and the two of them doesn’t get along. When Andy sees Lily hanging around with Gabe his real reasons starts to show. But Lily’s life takes a huge fall and she fights heartbreak around every corner. Can she win this battle? But even more can she survive Gabe Green?
What an amazing story. Lily’s the odd girl out that doesn’t take crap from anybody. Her best tactic is hitting home with sarcasm. But when Gabe comes into the picture she is finding it hard to keep her defense up around him. Gabe was the perfect dark hero. With troubles of his own, the mix between the two was electrifying.
This was such an incredible read. If more than five stars could be awarded it would be to this novel. I found myself crying in a lot of places, and screaming in frustration with others. Stephanie Witter has packed in so many emotions it turns into a wild roller coaster ride. Perfect execution and the ending was perfect. From the news I have heard about this fabulous new author we are just starting to see her wonderful talents with great novels. She has captured my heart and attention! I recommend this book to everyone, what a fabulous read this was.
Quote from the book: “Well, you’re not wrong. I was afraid to die from boredom around you,”
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Stephanie Witter is a dreamer. She started learning English at three, and fell in love with the language. Always with a book, or two close by, she started reading in English when she couldn't wait any longer for Harry Potter to be translated in French. After a while, reading wasn't enough. She started writing Young Adult and New Adult Contemporary novels filled with drama. Now, she hopes to translate English novels into her mother tongue as her everyday job. By My Side is her debut novel.
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