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Friday, September 9, 2011

review: i loved you first by Reena Jacobs

We have been friends together In sunshine and in shade. - Caroline Sheridan Norton

I Loved You First
Alexandria Carmichael and her BFF Seth have known each other since first grade. Alex, though, has fallen in love with Seth over the years and secretly pines for him. it would have been less complicated or perhaps simpler for her to deal with her feelings if Seth were not gay but he is.
author Reena Jacobs has written a beautiful and bittersweet young adult coming-of-age story that deals with friendship, love, bigotry and self-discovery. set in a college campus, it introduces the reader to football jocks, campus queens and slices of academic and dormitory life. the characters are well fleshed out and the language is fresh and contemporary. situations and emotions echo humor and pathos which readers can relate to regardless of sexual preference, race and even religious affiliation.
Alex's unrequited love and Seth's attempts to "stay in the closet" bring drama and conflict which caught my attention from the story's beginning to its unexpected conclusion.

overall, this is a wonderful book about people falling in love and finding themselves a place in the world where they could grow, be happy and simply be free.

*I Loved You First is available at Amazon (US, UK, DE), Barnes and Noble and Smashwords. for more information about Reena Jacobs and her work, please visit Ramblings of an Amateur Writer

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Disclosure of Material Connection: i received a copy of I Loved You First from the author herself. i did not receive any payment in exchange for this review nor was i obligated to write a positive one. all opinions expressed here are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book's publisher and publicist or the readers of this review. this disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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