Thursday, August 9, 2018

Buddy Review of True Love Story by Willow Aster

Growing up in an idealistic home, Sparrow Fisher is sheltered and innocent. When she meets Ian Sterling, a musician who is rising in popularity, she instantly falls for his charm.
They run into each other over the next few months and eventually begin an unconventional relationship. 
At different places in their lives, Sparrow is off to college in New York, and Ian is traveling the country with the band. When they see each other, all seems wonderful and lighthearted, but when they’re apart, Sparrow is left to wonder if Ian really cares about her the way he says he does, or if she’s just another pretty face to him.
Once their relationship steadies, they’re both happier than they’ve ever been, and it’s hard to not get caught up in the magic they have together. Until something so devastating comes to light that threatens to shatter everything they’ve built with each other.
True Love Story is a story about the real highs and lows that come with a relationship—happiness, pain, angst, and finding out if love really is enough.

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This was J and my conversation while reading this book together!

M - Ok so I feel like this story is going to break my damn heart. What part are you up to?

J - I'm at the part where he hasn't been in touch with her for like two months!!!Ugh!!! 
Why are you going to be heartbroken?

M - Because something just happened and now I know the heartbreak is going to be worse than I thought. Like way worse, you'll know when you get there.

M - OMGGG I'm bugging right now and all I have to say is that if this isn't an hea Cindy and your  girl Ratula are going to get beat!!!


J - Ok and???? How do you like it? I'll be done soon.

M - So good.

J - Ok I finished!!

M - And???

J - Ugh, I swear. You and Ratula hyped that heartbreak up for me. I was basically expecting that so my mind was taking me to things that would have actually broken my heart. So I'm a little disappointed, but I did like the book.

M - You suck. I mean it, you legit suck as a person you asshole

J - You both suck. Just saying. But I did really like it. The writing was great. We should def buddy another of her books!
How many stars?

M - 4.5 you?

J - 4

J's Review
4 Stars

“What are you doing to me, Sparrow Fisher?”

I really enjoyed True Love Story by Willow Aster. I have to say, looking at the cover I totally thought this was a dark book which is why I put it off for so long. Boy was I wrong. TLS was such a good story, filled with love, heartbreak and most of all, ANGST.

*One of my good friends kept telling me I needed to read TLS. Finally, I picked it up. She kept warning me that I was in for the ultimate heartbreak. Naturally I made M buddy read with me. Of course, she is way faster, and agreed that this story would break my heart. * 

Goodness, my stomach hurt for majority of the book. It was one of those feelings where you know things are just wayyyyy to good to be true. You know that a bomb is going to drop. I kept guessing so many things, so many theories on how this story would break my heart. Unfortunately, or fortunately, because of my friends *yes I’m blaming them* I think because they hyped this heartbreak up for me too  much, I was kind of let down once I got to *that part*. I think I was coming up with allll these ideas on how this story could possibly kill me, and when it wasn’t any of my ideas I was like oh okay that’s not so bad. Regardless this story was still such a good one, and I can see if you go in blind how it would break your heart. 

Ian and Sparrow’s story was so addicting. Ian was just so dreamy, and their love for one another was addicting. I’m normally not into Rockstar/musician books, but this one was never focused on Ian’s career. My heart broke for Ian and Sparrow. For their love. For their heartbreak. Willow did an amazing job at keeping you engulfed in their story. Her writing is just captivating. I didn’t want to stop reading until I was done with their story. 

True Love Story should be read by everyone, especially if you love ANGST. TLS was my first book of Willow’s, but it won’t be my last!

M's Review
4.5 Stars

Okay so I have to be honest, I started and stopped this book when I was in a major book funk a few months ago. Just to clarify when I say started and stopped I literally stopped at page 5 (insert eye roll emoji here). When I get like that I'm bad and I never give books a fair chance. I noticed the whole she doesn't curse thing and assumed Sparrow was going to be a weak character. Well I was clearly wrong.

So my blog partner encouraged me to buddy read it with her and I'm so happy I did. I have to say I'm a huge fan of angsty stories like this and this book delivered 100%. 

"I've been looking for you," I say. NO! Did I just say that out loud? Ohgodohgodohgodohgod. Please tell me I did not just that out loud."

"He reaches over and grabs my hand and laces our fingers together. "You're going to break my heart Sparrow Fisher." And I think, not before you break mine."

The story starts in the present when Sparrow runs into Ian again at the airport and find that they are coincidentally on the same flight and have seats next to one another. From here we learn that there is a lot of history between the two of them and the rest of the story leads up to this very moment.

This is the kind of book that just gets better and better as you read it. When a certain event took place I knew the heartbreak was going to be bad but honestly I didn't expect it to be as bad as it was. Even I thought to myself, well fuck how are they going to move on from this???

"Sparrow," he takes his breath before continuing, "4A and 4B...think about how crazy that is. Just....think about it. Maybe the heavens really did stop and orchestrate this whole thing maybe."

I didn't know how this story was going to end, the heartbreak was so deep and I had some choice words for some friends that have read this prior to me, but overall this was an amazing and beautiful, heartbreaking story. This is my first Willow Aster book and I can't wait to read more from her! 

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