Friday, June 12, 2015

Review: Days Like This by Danielle Ellison

Days Like This
by Danielle Ellison
A Landslide Novel
New Adult 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.64
Published by: Bookish Group Press
Published on: June 2, 2015
Pages: 220

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


Almost a year ago, nineteen-year-old Cassie Harlen had a lot to deal with. A stack of college acceptance letters waiting for answers, a proposal from the boy next door, and a mother whose most recent bipolar episode left Cassie hurt and confused. Tired of cleaning up the messes caused by her mother's disorder, of resenting her mother for not being there, and scared of being trapped by an inevitable future—which included marrying Graham Tucker—Cassie did the only thing she could think of to keep from ending up like her mother: she left.

Graham never knew why Cassie walked away. He woke up one morning and she was gone—along with the life that he’d created around her. After eleven months, Graham has a new plan for his future. One that doesn't involve Cassie Harlen.

When Cassie's mom nearly burns down her house, Cassie’s forced to return home. Back to a mother she’s tried to ignore and the guy she’s been unable to forget. Graham doesn't know how he's going to spend the whole summer living next door to the person who broke his heart without letting those old feelings push through to the surface.

Neither does Cassie.


My Rating: 3 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.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions:  I didn't really go into this novel with any expectations. I'd never heard of the author or the book, but I decided I'd take a chance on it anyway. 

I love second chance romance stories, so I figured "why not give it a go?" 

This book was one that surprised me. The novel actually tackled some pretty serious, deep issues. Bipolar disorder isn't something I feel like I've read a lot about when it comes to fiction.

I thought Ellison took an intriguing look at the disease and created a memorable story surrounding it.

I enjoyed the characters and the writing. My only complaint was that I thought the novel was a bit slow at times. Other than that I enjoyed it. 

The Characters: Both main characters were complex and flawed, which is always a plus. I also really enjoyed the secondary characters. 

Major Strengths: Tackling a hard issue and using interesting characters.

Major Weaknesses: Slow plot line at times. 

So why 3 stars? It definitely caught my attention, and I enjoyed it. However, it didn't really stand out to me enough to warrant a 4. 

Warnings/Side-notes: 16+. Talk of sex and drugs. Fairly tame as far as new adult goes; however. 

The Wrap-up: An interesting book with a surprising depth to it. 

Love,

Danica Page

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