Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Review: For You by Mimi Strong

I received an ARC of For You by Mimi Strong, which I finished a couple days ago, but I've been reflecting on the book and figuring out what I want to say. The book is definitely not your cookie-cutter romance novel, but rather an intensely emotional and realistic narrative with characters that are relatable because of their flaws.

If you read the blurb, you know the story is about a young girl who took on the responsibility of being a surrogate mother to her little sister when their mother abandoned them. Not wanting to be separated from her sister, Aubrey flees to Canada, where she works part-time in her uncle's bar. It is there that she meets Sawyer - a tattooed hottie who is clearly interested in Aubrey, despite the wedding ring she wears to ward off would-be suitors.

What follows is an ongoing struggle for Sawyer to try and break down Aubrey's walls, which she built after years of having to fend for herself and her sister. These two characters couldn't be more different, which is what I love about their dynamic.

Sawyer is an open book - he knows he wants Aubrey and is willing to do what it takes to be worthy of her. On the other hand, Aubrey is closed off, so much so that most of the time, Sawyer doesn't even know if she wants him around.

Sawyer's light-hearted humor is a welcome distraction for Aubrey, who has a huge weight on her shoulders. It's easy to forget that Aubrey is only twenty-one years old, with desires to be like every other girl her age.
This is the third book I've read by Mimi Strong (Pretty Girls and the Kissing Coach are the others) and I can honestly say that I've loved everything she has written. I feel as though her characters are people who could actually exist. Even with the assurance of a HEA, I still found myself anxiously rooting for Aubrey and Sawyer to have a happy ending.

Rating: 5 stars

 Buy the book on Amazon:
For You
 Other books by Mimi Strong:
Pretty Girls
A story about a girl named Nora whose insecurities about being an amputee and her least favorite facial feature lead her to take action to be confident about herself. The return of an old crush provides additional incentive.
The Kissing Coach
A sweet story about a life coach named Feather who falls for a client requiring special attention to overcome a painful past that has had an unexpected affect on his love life.

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