Who She Was by Stormy Smith | Second-chance + friendship

May 10, 2017 | Posted by Genesis in Book Reviews | 14 Comments

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Who She Was by Stormy Smith | Second-chance + friendshipWho She Was
by Stormy Smith
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication Date: May 4th 2017 by Perfect Storm Publishing LLC
Format: eARC
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3 Stars
Source: Author

Trevor Adler loathes the music he used to love, but it’s the key to his full-ride scholarship and the ticket away from his dysfunctional parents. To kick off their freshman year, Trevor’s roommate drags him to a frat party, where he ends up face-to-face with his childhood best friend and finds himself entrenched in memories he’d rather forget.

Unable to let Charlie go again without understanding the truth of why she disappeared from his life and chose to become the type of person they always hated, Trevor is relentless in his pursuit of the girl he once knew.

Charlotte (Charlie) Logan is broken. Under her perfectly-crafted exterior are the shards of a shattered heart. A handful of angry words changed her life completely and Charlie’s never been able to forgive herself for the truth she’s hidden from everyone.

While Trevor pushes Charlie to remember the music that lit her soul and the laughter they shared, they find themselves reverting to a banter-filled rhythm that feels all too familiar, yet different now. When Trevor’s own secrets come to light, it becomes clear he and Charlie both must face their tragic pasts if they have any hope at a future together.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Charlie and Trevor have known each other since they were kids. They became the best of friends until they weren’t. Things happened that drifted them apart—both thought that it had been the other to stop speaking first. Fast forward 4 years, they meet again in college and Trevor notices that Charlie isn’t the same person she used to be. She dresses and acts differently from the rebel girl he used to know. Trevor wants to find out what happened for Charlie to change so drastically and plans to remind her who she was.

I was absolutely certain of one thing: you don’t get many second chances in life and I wasn’t wasting this one. I wanted my best friend back.

I have to say I didn’t quite like Charlie. I usually like complex characters but Charlie would just be kind of mean at times and would push Trevor away as much as she could when Trevor only wanted to care for her and befriend her again. He kept looking out for her even when she was being rude. I understand that Charlie went through something tough, but considering Trevor used to be someone so close to her, I thought she would tell him or at least be kinder to him. Again, Trevor was such a caring person towards everybody, especially Charlie. Life dealt him an ugly card with his parents yet he continued to care for them and provide for them.

I truly didn’t know who she was. I didn’t know this person who would lie to me about something so real and painful when I had given her every opportunity to confide in me.

I found the pace for the book to be rather slow and I found myself putting down the book a lot because it would drag. Not only that, Charlie’s behavior was really repetitive. I would have loved to see more growth in her or at least more development in the middle of the story since to me, she grew towards the end. Two characters I completely loved have to be Sam and Darcy. They are friends of Trevor’s and Charlie’s and my goodness, they played a big part in the story. I loved the friendship between Darcy and Charlie. Those two were great and Darcy cared for Charlie a lot and even helped her step out of her shell.

I would have loved more chemistry between Trevor and Charlie. At times, I couldn’t really believe much of their romance so more chemistry would have been great. I did like that they slowly worked their way into a friendship and then stepped into the romance. That’s always something I like in books, to see the progress from friends to something more.

Who She Was is a story of second chances, friendships and finding out who you are. It wasn’t a favorite but it was still a nice story with a lot of depth.

Genesis
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  • I hate mean characters, too. The prickliness they exude in an attempt to keep everyone away is so annoying!

  • same boat, don’t think Charlie would work for me

  • I am sorry this book wasn’t to great for you. I agree if you can’t find something redeeming in the main character it gets hard to root for them. Also, the slow pace doesn’t help at all. Great review though!!

  • Karen

    Romance is no fun when there’s a lack of chemistry 🙁 It does sound like some of the friendships were good though.

    For What It’s Worth

  • Sorry this book didn’t work for you, Genesis. I can see why. It looks like it has so much potential, though. Anyway, awesome review, Genesis. Thanks for sharing, 😁👍

    • Thank you 🙂 And it really looked like it had potential. I mean, it sounds like it would have, right? But not really :/ At least, not for me.

  • Oh man slow and repetitive are book killers for me. I just can’t with those anymore. Sorry this wasn’t better for you! Great review!

  • Such a shame this one didn’t work for you Genesis. I think I would have set it aside.

  • Sounds like the type of story I would love but it didn’t deliver.

  • Charlie sounds like a piece of work. I already feel bad for Trevor. Guy sounds like a champion though. Sorry the romance wasn’t all that. I can’t say I was interested in this one, but it doesn’t seem like I’m missing out on much.