Swear On This Life by Renee Carlino
Pages: 320 pages
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Publisher: Atria Books, August 2016
When a bestselling debut novel from mysterious author J.Colby becomes the literary event of the year, Emiline reads it reluctantly. As an adjunct writing instructor at UC San Diego with her own stalled literary career and a bumpy long-term relationship, Emiline isn’t thrilled to celebrate the accomplishments of a young and gifted writer.
Yet from the very first page, Emiline is entranced by the story of Emerson and Jackson, two childhood best friends who fall in love and dream of a better life beyond the long dirt road that winds through their impoverished town in rural Ohio.
That’s because the novel is patterned on Emiline’s own dark and desperate childhood, which means that “J. Colby” must be Jase: the best friend and first love she hasn’t seen in over a decade. Far from being flattered that he wrote the novel from her perspective, Emiline is furious that he co-opted her painful past and took some dramatic creative liberties with the ending.
The only way she can put her mind at ease is to find and confront “J. Colby,” but is she prepared to learn the truth behind the fiction?
*Huge thanks to Atria Books for providing me with a e-copy of Swear On This Life*
This post is written as part of the Swear On This Life blog tour.
I read Before We Were Strangers by Renee Carlino last year and I absolutely fell in love with her writing. Because of this, Swear On This Life was definitely on my watch list.
I was in a huge reading slump when I started to read this book, so it really surprised me how quickly I was able to read through it. I read an e-arc of it. If you noticed, I don’t read many e-books, simply because I have really sensitive eyes so staring at a book on a screen for hours usually leaves me very unhappy. However, this is one of those books that you just get immersed in without even noticing.
I fell for the characters fast, they were all so likable and I just adored all of them.
When I read the summary for the plot, I was kind of iffy and confused of what it would be like. I was honestly unsure if I would enjoy it. However, I found that the plot was probably my favorite part of the book. Although it may seem to have some cliché elements, Renee Carlino spins together a refreshing, unique love story. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book quite like this one, plot-wise. Again, the plot was so appealing to me that I could simply not put this down.
I started the book at 10pm on a night where I had early classes the next day, despite knowing how bad of an idea it was to keep staying up, I couldn’t stop myself. I had to read the next page, I had to know what would happen next.
It also left me in a huge hangover afterwards because I couldn’t find another book that interested me as much… You know book hangovers are great because it means you read a really amazing book, but also terrible at the same time because you can’t seem to find anything else you read interesting.
This love story left me breathless and I hope it does the same to you.