Monday, February 1, 2016

Amie's Review of Good-bye, with Love by Niquel ~ BLOG TOUR ~ EXCERPT ~

Title: Good-bye, with Love.
Author: Niquel
Release Date: Jan 15, 2016
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Have you ever wished you could have something so bad, even though you knew it was forbidden?
Jonathan Gates was just that—forbidden. He was everything I could ever want in a man: charming, a great listener, open-minded, and funny. It also didn't hurt that he was easy on the eyes.
We'd been through a lot together: breakups, makeups, firsts, lasts, and anything else you can imagine. I was once told he was my soul mate, but I refused to believe that.
I didn't want to love him. I didn't want to fall for him because...he was my best friend!
But I did, and I fell for him hard. I was in love with my best friend, and it was time he knew how I really felt.
Age: Sixteen
Diary Entry: Broken
Dear Diary,
Here I am again, bawling my eyes out, heartbroken, and feeling so numb that I’m scaring myself. I feel like I’m being punished for wanting to love someone. Why is love such a tormenting thing for me? I wish someone could take the feeling of love away from me so I wouldn’t keep getting hurt. My heart feels like someone put their hand on my chest and dug their nails into my heart until it was a second away from stopping. 
When will it stop? The pain of rejection—that’s what this has to be. Once I fall for someone and make it clear they’re all I want, they slap me in my face and tell me with their actions that they don’t love me in the same way, whether they mean to or not. It took me a while to let him back in after the last time and now it’s happening all over again and I can’t face this hurtful truth. I never thought he’d put me through this again and now that I’m older and really understand what true love means, I didn’t think I’d be here all alone again. 
This was complete bull and the stupid note he left didn’t make things any better. How could he do this to me? And leave me a note so vague I don’t even know why he’s really leaving? Who would try to hurt his family? 
I tried so hard not to fall for him again and what does he do? He takes my heart, stomps on it, and buries it in the dirt. 
I can’t deal with this right now. Screw you Jonathan Gates. Even if it takes me years, I will get over you, and you better not try and weasel your way back into my life.
Good-bye to this chapter of my life. It’s time to grow up and enjoy the next few years.

The synop pulled me in , I enjoyed this author's other work so that was a draw AND I loved the cover. Never did I think it would be mainly about young aged kids yet I honestly didn't have an issue with it once I started reading. I have a 12 yr old , I have been 12 and so I feel I can still relate to that age in a sense. Once I started reading I was taken by surprise with Mickey's issue. I wasn't sure if I could read on being that I have a 12 yr old daughter. BUT I powered through because I loved her strength and her parents , her diary entries and I knew that I would love the childhood crush aspect as they got older. Not to mention that her issue ended in a positive way despite giving us a bit of heartbreak and sadness. 

Johnny and Mickey quickly become best friends when he transfers to her middle school. they are 8th graders , Mickey 12 and Johnny just turning 13. We get both POV's and also Mickey's diary pages. Their friendship is simple and easy at first but quickly becomes more yet neither will act on it. They share a few firsts and then sadly on the verge of High School Johnny has a family crisis that pulls him out of state and away for the summer. Not only that but they both got accepted to different high schools. Distance isn't easy when you are young. The attention spans when it comes to friends is almost non existent and life does go on. Johnny and Mickey may not have the greatest communication skills throughout their story but again they are just kids and keeping that in mind made it easier to let it go LOL. I hated the distance and the time away but I also enjoyed watching them both grow up and always come back to one another. Most of the story takes place during Middle/High school but we do get into adulthood and find an HEA for Johnny and Mickey !! 

Niquel is a self diagnosed coffee addict, lover of rice and beans, and chocolate—preferably not all together. She’s the creator of multiple stories full of love, passion, and power. She may toss in a ghost story every once in a while.
When she’s not busy taking care of her two little girls, she's writing or creating graphics Or you can find her binge watching TV with her significant other.

Boston born and raised, she’s always been a creative soul: attending multiple colleges to develop her love of the visual arts.

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