First of all, I’d like to thank Amber for recommending this book. She mentioned that I might like it, and sure enough, I did! 🙂 I was actually going to wait to read her review before diving into this book, but I got too excited after getting a peek into the 1st chapter. Now it’s looking like I might even beat her to posting a book review on here lol 😀
Anyway, as per usual, here’s the synopsis on the back cover of the book:
Arizona Turner has been my best friend since fourth grade, even when we “hated” each other. We’ve been there for one another through first kisses, first “times,” and we’ve been each other’s constant when good relationships turned bad. (We even went to colleges that were minutes away from each other…)
Throughout the years, and despite what anyone says, we’ve never crossed the line.
Never thought about it.
Never wanted to.
Until one night changed everything.
At least, it should’ve …
We’re just friends.
I’m only saying this until I figure out if she’s still “just” my best friend…
To be honest, I was actually a bit hesitant about starting this book, because it was categorized under “new adult.” I’ve never had much luck with that particular genre of books. Almost all of the male leads in the new adult romances that I’ve read were too immature for my taste. They’re usually all pierced, tattooed bad boys with emotional baggage, and anger problems… Carter was a refreshing change from that. He’s a lot more mature, and relatable. The opening chapter with him and Arizona in the fourth grade immediately grabbed me, because it reminded me so much of the book “Flipped” by Wendelin Van Draanen. Both “Flipped” and “Sincerely, Carter” were written in alternating first person point of view, which I surprisingly didn’t mind. I usually like books to be written in third person, but I think using first person POV worked in this case, because it suited the style that the author was going for.
Warning, a few spoilers ahead!
I did have a problem with the pacing of the book though. The middle section was a bit slow and dragging for me, while the ending felt a little too rushed. I do think there was potential for more emotional development during Ari and Carter’s separation. The author could have made it a lot more heartbreaking if she really went in-depth into how her characters were feeling in that moment. I also felt like the conflict was too easily- and quickly-resolved after Ari comes back from France. Overall, the whole ending was just underdeveloped, and could’ve used a bit of work.
My last complaint about this book has to do with the break-up between Ari and Sean. It may just be one of the worst break-ups – if not the worst – that I have ever read in a book. It was so poorly executed and rushed. Sean definitely didn’t deserve to be dumped like that after pretty much baring his soul in front of Ari’s family and friends. He seemed like a genuinely nice guy – although I could’ve done without the whole promise ring scene… 🙄 The author really should’ve spent more time crafting a better break-up for those two characters.
Anyway, while the book isn’t perfect, to say the least, it was entertaining enough to earn a 3.5 rating from me. I’d recommend it to anyone who’s looking for a light summer read! 🙂
My Rating: 3.5/5