It’s bittersweet to ‘Remember When’ by T. Torrest #Review #COYER #BPRAT

remember_when4Nothing new ever happens in the small town of Norman, New Jersey. Layla Warren has grown up with her classmates, and they know each other’s histories as if they were their own. But everything changes when Trip Wilmington moves to town. Gorgeous, funny and smirky, he sweeps Layla off of her feet. She is utterly and completely smitten. The two of them fall into step quickly, hanging out together and having private jokes – and even working a horrible job together at the video store. But everything is better when Trip is around, and though Layla wants their relationship to be something (a lot) more, it seems that is not in the cards.
Then Lisa has to give Layla the hard truth: Layla is pining after someone who obviously doesn’t feel the same way about her that she does about him. Lisa is worried that the fallout when Layla finally comes to terms with their non-status will be exactly the same as when Layla’s mom walked out. Layla realizes that Lisa is right; she can’t be the doormat, the girl dropping everything whenever Trip calls. But can she? Should she?

Brava, Ms. Torrest. You were able to construct a story that both ended and continued. And while I will say that I probably would have been more frustrated with the ending had I not known this was a trilogy, you did conclude enough of the story to make it satisfying. We all know from the description that this is an “early years” look at a now-famous actor; so I am assuming the remaining two volumes will cover the current-day part of his life at some point.

To be honest, there really isn’t a lot that goes on here. It’s very realistic in that aspect, but not in a dull and boring way. There are only a couple of things that didn’t make sense to me. First, Trip seems extremely interested in Layla, but I can’t figure out why, before her talk with Lisa about Trip’s ambivalence, he never does anything about it. That isn’t ever really explained. And the horrible thing that Layla overhears Trip’s dad saying about her mom? How would he know enough about her to say anything, much less that? Maybe we’ll find out later.

One of the underlying themes is Senior Year: Change is Upon Us. Anyone who has graduated from high school, especially, I assume, from a place where you’ve known the other students since kindergarten, knows it is so bittersweet. It is the last time that all of you will be together, and it will be the last time that you ever even see some of your friends that you’ve shared so much with. While you are so ready to move on to the next phase of your life, it can be scary, sad and exhilarating all at the same time. Prevalent throughout the story, this makes Layla and Trip’s relationship that much more poignant. It’s a strange time where you know everything is about to change, and you embrace it and dread it in equal measures.

I am going to have to read the sequel for sure.

Remember When by T. Torrest was published January 1, 2013 by CreateSpace. I got this for free.

Rating: 3

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Fiction Romance Series
Ages: 13 and up

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