Thursday, January 29, 2015

Review: The Story of You and Me by Pamela DuMond

The Story of You and Me 
by Pamela DuMond
(Driven, #1)
New Adult 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.76
Published on: October 20, 2013
Pages: 284

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:

A 2014 Amazon Breakout Novel Award Romance Quarterfinalist

My name's Sophie Priebe and I’m nineteen-years-old. I planned on college, keggers and cute guys—not multiple sclerosis. Yes, my Nana’s had it for decades, but it skipped over my mom. After my diagnosis people treated me differently—so I stopped talking about it and kept it secret. Meanwhile I researched treatments, possible cures—and now I have hope.

I traveled thousand of miles to L.A. to find healing: from stem cell studies to alternative medicine like acupuncture and shamanic vision quests. Some treatments could be dangerous: but I’ll try anything because my stakes are high—life and death. I'll risk everything—except for love. I don’t have time for love.

But my Nana always told me, “Life, the fates, or God has a funny way of messing with one’s best-laid plans…"

My first night in L.A. I landed in the middle of a campus bar fight and a few beer bottle splinters cut my face. The most beautiful young man I've ever met, Alejandro, took me to the ER, chauffeured me to my new apartment and even washed my beer-drenched hair. He and his friends are Drivers: volunteers who drive students who've partied too hard.

My second day I got lost in a dicey part of town and was attacked by gang-bangers. I was lucky—I escaped—this time. While L.A.’s filled with glamour, mansions and celebrities—it’s also infested with folks who would happily take advantage of a new girl.

So I hired Alejandro to drive me to my appointments. He became my un-official bodyguard. He took me to healers in beach towns, mountains and deserts. He invited me to BBQs, and included me with his family and friends. He made me laugh again. My heart started cracking open…

I wish I had told him my secret. When I discovered—he hadn't yet told me his...

A Story of Hope. A Story of Love. A Story of Redemption.


My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received an e-galley of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.

The Characters: I actually really liked the characters. Sophie wasn't a whiny character despite everything that was going on. She was such a fun character to read about. I loved how the character developed her throughout the novel.

I also really liked Alex. Alex was just a good guy. Like Sophie, he had a bunch of crap to deal with but he didn't let it define him. I thought that the characters were well-developed. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I thought this novel was very well-written. It was engaging from the very first page until the very last page. There was never a slow moment.

I haven't read a lot of books like this one and so that was quite refreshing. I loved that the book was based on Sophie going to all of these different healers to try to help her grandma and to try to help her deal with her own problems.

The writing was fairly polished as well.

This is a story I would recommend to fans of realistic contemporary. It's quite an original fun read. 

So why 4 stars? It stood out from other books I've read. This is one that I'll remember long after I turned the last page. A great read. 

Warnings/Side-notes: For being a NA novel, this one is actually quite clean. There are, however, several vague references to drugs/alcohol, sex, and rape. Like, I said very vague though. 

The Wrap-up: An intriguing novel that explored themes in an interesting way. I really enjoyed the characters and the overall story. I can't wait to see what DuMond comes up with next. 

Love,

Danica Page

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