Publish Date: July 30, 2013
Source: Author for Review – Thank you!
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He always knew he would never be more than nothing. No job, no money, no future. Cole Pritchett had accepted the fact that he would always be the screw up and he was okay with it. Until he met her.
Here’s the thing they quickly found out – sometimes we all need a little help escaping who we think we are. -(summary from Goodreads)
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Whitney Vandaveer caught her ex-boyfriend cheating on her.
She’s moved away from the city, away from her father, away from Wes.
She wants to be a new Whitney.
Cole moved to the area after being forced to leave his home
by his brother. He doesn’t want any trouble in his new town. And he
certainly doesn’t want Whitney to see him as the person he thinks he is.
In Cole’s mind, Whitney is the kind of girl that guys would fight over. She’s beautiful. She seems to be carefree and kind and genuine. She’s the kind of girl that an ex-boyfriend would have a hard time getting over. All of these things make Cole nervous that he’ll fall right back into his old trap of fighting and getting into trouble, and he desperately doesn’t want to be that guy anymore. So he has this super-smart plan to just be rude to Whitney and maybe she’ll lose interest. What he doesn’t realize is that Whitney is kind of making herself over too, and learning to be bold, and that she’s going to pursue him until it becomes impossible for him to resist her.
Eventually, he just can’t.
So she asks him to – WHAT? – be friends?
Friends? That can’t be right!
HOORAY FOR KISSES!!!! Because yay there are kisses!!
Sounds perfect, right? Well, the problem is this: Whitney is only in town for the summer. When school starts back, she has to move back to the city because her father is paying for her to attend college there. What happens if they both fall for each other, because they’re both heading in that direction? What happens if they can’t stand to let the other one go? Both are absolutely afraid to make the commitment, but both can’t help how they’re feeling for one another.
OH HELLO THERE, SWEET AND SWOONY SUMMERTIME ROMANCE!
Cole Pritchett described himself as a “backwoods” boy, which is pretty much the opposite of what Whitney was used to in a boyfriend. Not only that, he had a tough upbringing and a history of getting into trouble. By the time the book began, Cole had already made the decision to change and be a better person, so the Cole we read about is a Cole that struggles to maintain this decision. You know what? He does a great job. It’s tough at times for Cole, being alone/without family support and having to work extra hard for what he wants while his mind works against him, telling him he isn’t worthy of Whitney – but Whitney is great for him and to him. She encourages him to push forward with his goals and keep going and that she is on his side, always. Throughout the course of the book, we are able to see both Whitney and Cole transform for the positive in several ways, and it is really great that they are able to support each other along the way. These positive changes come with a few bumps in the road which served to make the story more interested and also to make their relationship stronger (after testing them and making me bite my nails a time or two). I love these two characters a ton and I feel like I know them as people, which is kind of weird but completely true. They are written in a very real way, and I loved that.
Aside from these main characters, I loved reading the secondary characters – they were vivid and fun and easy to picture in my head. I loved the setting – a rural, small town atmosphere – these are always wonderful to me. I love the family relationship that is present in this book between Whitney, her sister, and her mother. And I just love the story. The entire package of Escaping Me is easy to picture, easy to visualize, easy to imagine – just fun story-telling with the added bonus of a summer time-setting so it is a great summertime read as well.
I recommend Escaping Me to fans of New Adult Contemporary Romance and fans of characters that make positive development across the story. Both main characters make great change in this story, which is awesome, and I love that neither of them began as angsty, angry individuals to make these positive changes – both are very relatable characters that just need to find themselves and encourage each other along the way. I love the ending of this story – it made me smile – and like I mentioned earlier, I love that I’ll be re-reading this one, particularly as a summertime read. This may be my first book by Elizabeth Lee but it sure as heck isn’t my last.
Romance: Swoons galore. No triangle.
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Escaping Me by Elizabeth Lee
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