Title: Just Like You Said It Would Be
by C.K. Kelly Martin
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Did you ever want something so much that it felt like a kind of sickness, one you didn’t want to be cured of? On New Year’s Eve the feeling compels seventeen-year-old Amira to text the Irish ex-boyfriend she’s been missing desperately since they broke up at the end of summer, when she returned to Canada.
They agreed they wouldn’t be friends, that it would never be enough. But that was then— back when Amira’s separated parents had shipped her off to relatives in Dublin for the summer so they could test-drive the idea of getting back together on a long haul cruise. Back when Amira was torn away from a friend in need in Toronto only to fall in love with a Dublin screenwriting class and take a step closer to her dream career. And only to fall for cousin Zoey’s bandmate, Darragh, the guy who is first her friend, then her enemy and later something much more complicated—the guy she can say anything to, the guy who makes every inch of her feel wide awake in a way she hadn’t known was possible. The guy she might never see again. Or is there, despite the distance, somehow still a chance for them?
Already missed writing an opinion in English again.
This is the first book I read from this author. I have to be honest and admit that it was not very easy to connect with the book and the story. It has a somewhat slow and strange beginning, but gradually it was able to attract my attention and, consequently, my four stars in the classification.
Basically and without ruining the reading to anyone putting spoilers in the opinion, this is the story of the young Amira and when she falls seriously in love for the first time .
Amira is a sixteen year old girl living in Canada. In the meantime, her parents reserve her a stay with their family in Dublin during the summer holidays. Amira is not satisfied with this because she wanted to stay close to her best friend, who was going through a complicated family phase. However, as a minor she is forced to go and spend the next two and a half months out of her territory and away from her best friend. Obviously, it was not going to be the best holiday in the world, or the one she wanted at all.
The point is that, little by little, Amira is beginning to enjoy her stay with her uncles and her cousin who is the lead singer of a band composed by three boys and herself. She joins a short summer course on movies and scripts because she loves writing pieces and story lines for movies, and in the process falls madly in love with one of the band members where the lead vocalist, Darragh.
Darragh is the typical attractive young man with deep blue eyes and dark hair. No news in that. He was also toughtfull and kind, with kind manners and generous ways of listening and giving confort.
After some troubled encounters between them, Darragh admits the love that feels for her although it is only two weeks left for her to return to Canada. It was impossible to be just friends after what they've had with each other, so they accepted the fate of never being together again because they lived at a great distance from each other, she was a minor and her parents would not allow Darragh to even visit them from time to time.
Thus, when the time they had expired, Amira returned home and for a year, in which she was miserably unhappy because of his absence, she tried very hard to forget Darragh, to remove him from her heart and soul, where he seemed was recorded.
But fate is a funny thing. Months after the painful separation between the two, behold they have the possibility of a reunion. Amira was sad and at the same time furious that he had never given a chance to a relationship at a distance. Not a call, not a text message, no attempt to contact over so many months. Amira was convinced that she would only need to review him, talk to him, and end what they had not been able to finish by the end of last summer.
It was at least a bombastic reunion. All feelings came to the surface, still stronger. She is older, more thoughtful, he is different in appearance but always the same Darragh she has loved and still loves.
It was expected that it would not be so easy for her and him to keep apart. It was also expected that they would come to the conclusion that there is no remedy only for death and that for love, we must do the possible and the impossible. How will they come to that conclusion? Then you will have to read it to know.
Overall, I think the author could have made them fall in love earlier, so they would have had more time together during the holidays. I think that much time was lost between quarrels and misunderstandings between the two.
I liked the way the writing is fluent and the English used very accessible and simple. No big phrases or flowery words .
I liked it and would liked to have had more of Amira and Darragh after the reunion and possible reconciliation.
An author to follow closely in the future!
Long before I was an author I was a fan of books about Winnie the Pooh, Babar, Madeline, Anne Shirley and anything by Judy Blume. Throughout high school my favourite class was English. No surprise, then, that most of my time spent at York University in Toronto was as an English major--not the traditional way to graduate with a B.A. in Film Studies but a fine way to get a general arts education.
After getting my film studies degree I headed for Dublin, Ireland and spent the majority of the nineties there in forgettable jobs meeting unforgettable people and enjoying the buzz. I always thoughts I'd get around to writing in earnest eventually and I began writing my first novel in a flat in Dublin and finished it in a Toronto suburb. By then I'd discovered that writing about young characters felt the freshest and most exciting to me. You have most of your life to be an adult but you only grow up once.
Currently residing near Toronto with my Dub husband, I became an Irish citizen in 2001 and continue to visit Dublin as often as I can. My first young adult book, I Know It's Over, came out with Random House in September 2008 and was followed by One Lonely Degree, The Lighter Side of Life and Death, My Beating Teenage Heart and Yesterday. I released Yesterday's sequel, Tomorrow, in 2013 and put out my first adult novel, Come See About Me, as an ebook in June 2012. My most recent YA book, The Sweetest Thing You Can Sing, was published by Cormorant Books' Dancing Cat Books imprint in 2014 and I'm pleased to announce they'll be releasing my upcoming contemporary young adult novel, Delicate, on September 16th. Watch my website for more details!