Thursday, October 05, 2017

Review: Rewrite

Rewrite Rewrite by Stephanie Rose
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Final Score - 5 Cupcake Stars!

Everytime I read a second chance at love, it's rarely done right or well - but this one was hit outta the park!  Josh and Brianna’s story hit me right in the feels ... and my heart has yet to recover.  Their story just resonated with me - it felt like I was listening to a story being told from an old friends perspective - that's how real it felt.  From the very beginning until the unexpected end - I was begging for more - I didn't want their story to be over. Stephanie - my fellow Bronx Girl ... this is your masterpiece. 

Best friends since childhood, Josh and Brianna has skirted around their feeling for one another.  Neither expressed their desire to take their relationship from platonic to romantic and each suffered the weight of that decision.  As all things happen, time moved on, and feelings - while never acknowledge or reciprocated - were buried.  New relationships formed, but they held onto what little of each of other and the friendship they could.

Then Josh makes a decision that will forever alter his life and leave Brianna behind - for 10 years! It's the ultimate test to their friendship.  And when he returns, not only has Josh changed, but so has Brianna - in ways neither one anticipated.  But long buried feelings can't stay hidden forever.  And neither can feelings of hurt and abandonment.  Will Josh & Brianna work their way back to each other?  Will old resentments fade?  Will their hearts ever draw them out of the "friend" zone into something more? 

I loved the dynamic of Josh & Brianna's relationship - from their humble beginnings in grade school.  When I read  about the taunts from fellow classmates towards Brianna, I was struck back in time to my own childhood, wishing I had someone like Josh to help battle the little piss-ant demons who made life so torturous back then for me - I needed someone like Josh who not only stand up for me, but look into my soul and find a kindred spirit.   

Ms. Rose did an absolute impeccable job of creating the angst, as well as backstory.  Josh and Brianna’s story wasn’t always smooth sailing - and in fact my heart dropped at one specific time that I absolutely did not see coming.   I was totally blindsided and questioned why the author would do that.  However, nothing in life is handed to you on a silver platter.  The incident in question -
 I won't say what happened or where - was handled with authenticity and true to life. And in the end, Josh & Brianna love story was made all the more real for it.  

What else can say about Rewrite?  This book is an example of why when I hear that Stephanie is working a on new story, I immediately ask "Let me know when the sign up is happening, cause I'm so there!"

I look forward to the next release. 

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