Until the Last Star Fades
Touching, heartfelt and passionate, UNTIL THE LAST STAR FADES blurs the line between slow-burn romance and women's fiction, and is a must-read for hopeful romantics, devoted daughters, and the moms they cherish. COULD YOU BE THE ONE WHO CHANGES EVERYTHING?In her senior year at NYU, Riley Hope appears to be on top of the world. With a loving mother who makes Lorelai Gilmore look like a parenting slacker, ride-or-die friends, and a long-time boyfriend destined for the National Hockey League, she puts on a smile for the world. But behind it, she’s drowning. Racked with fears for the future, she battles to stay afloat amid life in the shadows of a heartbreaking illness.And then, Ben Fagan comes crashing into her life. Twenty-three-years-old, British, and alone in the Big Apple after a disastrous pilot season in LA, the struggling actor is looking for an escape: booze, mischief, sex—minimum commitment, maximum fun—anything to avoid returning across the pond. As they form an unlikely bond, Riley keeps her reality from Ben so that he remains a happy refuge. But how long can she hold back the truth…and is Ben keeping his own secrets, too?From the award-winning author of LONDON BELONGS TO ME and LONDON, CAN YOU WAIT?, comes a bittersweet story about love, loss, sacrifice, and the life-changing decisions we make.

Until the Last Star Fades Details

TitleUntil the Last Star Fades
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 8th, 2018
PublisherKirkwall Books
Rating
GenreRomance, New Adult, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary

Until the Last Star Fades Review

  • Cristina | CristiinaReads
    January 1, 1970
    ➳The boundaries of wanting what you can reach, have been broken in this very emotional and in depth full of hope and fresh light of a romance novel... ➳The last time I read a book by Jacquelyn, it was a twist of events that made me want to take my time in understanding her type of style in writing. When her publicist reached out to me to review this one, I already had it added to my TBR so I was excited to dive into it earlier than what I was expecting. I am glad that I did because this angsty ➳The boundaries of wanting what you can reach, have been broken in this very emotional and in depth full of hope and fresh light of a romance novel... ➳The last time I read a book by Jacquelyn, it was a twist of events that made me want to take my time in understanding her type of style in writing. When her publicist reached out to me to review this one, I already had it added to my TBR so I was excited to dive into it earlier than what I was expecting. I am glad that I did because this angsty romance is one that was beyond anything that I had read in a while when it comes down to contemporary romances. Being filled with so many emotions that grasp around the idea of being scared as an individual who has to think thoroughly on her future and being in a long time relationship, Riley struggles with trying to identify herself and get to have a future filled with a passion that identifies her as a unique individual. This is something that I found touching of Jacquelyn to add, something so unexpected but also very realistic when it comes down to individuals in college. That's when Ben comes into the equation...➳A British cutie that had my heart filled with so much tender love and compassion towards HIS passions, he slowly grasps into the heart of the reader by expressing himself in such a fruitful and vibrant way filled with positivity and shine. Something about Ben is very spiritual in a way that makes you wonder what sort of secrets he can possibly be hiding. After encountering with Riley on that one unexpected turn of events, Ben makes his friendship solid with her. While she deals with her internal struggles in which I am glad Jacquelyn was able to so smoothly talk about, but also do it in such a serious tone of matter that makes you ache for the same feelings that Riley goes through. Everything about her is a confusing puzzle that you need to internally solve with her while she slowly learns to grasp unto her inner and true passions. "Look for people who might be hurting, who are silent in their pain and aren't asking for help. The best way to heal yourself is to help someone else..." ➳The inner beauty that is about this novel is that Jacquelyn is not afraid to talk about serious topics such as depression, death in the family, mental illnesses, and overall struggle that make her question herself and those who surround her. With the help of Ben, and slowly becoming an independent young lady with a ferocious inner self, she learns how to let people in and her express herself OUT to the world in a way she never did before.➳This compassionate romance novel is one that I am actually recommending to those whom I have met throughout my years of depression, because it is the one novel that I have encountered upon that talks about serious topics of mental illness in a way that is one soothing, and two very in depth of the emotions of the characters. Overall, there is no mistaking that passing out on this novel and not planning on reading it, will be a regret coming from everyone. Thank you so much to Jacquelyn and her PR team for reaching out and letting me read her novel!➳ARC kindly provided by the publicist in exchange for an honest review...➳Follow Me On:Blog ♕ Instagram ♕ Facebook ♕ Twitter
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  • Ashley
    January 1, 1970
    😍😍😍All the heart eyes! I can't begin to explain my excitement over scoring an ARC of Until the Last Star Fades! This was my most anticipated read of the latter half of 2018 and did not disappoint in the least. I'm going to dub Jacquelyn Middleton the Queen of Book Hangovers! After every book of hers, I always feel like I've moved away from dear friends I'm used to seeing daily. When I turn the last page, I mourn my loss of the characters. In each book, the characters are so realistic, I feel lik 😍😍😍All the heart eyes! I can't begin to explain my excitement over scoring an ARC of Until the Last Star Fades! This was my most anticipated read of the latter half of 2018 and did not disappoint in the least. I'm going to dub Jacquelyn Middleton the Queen of Book Hangovers! After every book of hers, I always feel like I've moved away from dear friends I'm used to seeing daily. When I turn the last page, I mourn my loss of the characters. In each book, the characters are so realistic, I feel like they must be out in the world somewhere living real-life. Jacquelyn Middleton also renewed my love of long books because I'm able to get to know the characters in multiple stages and situations of their lives. Impossibly, nearly five hundred pages could have doubled and I would have still enjoyed my time with Riley and Ben. They are that well-written! _________________BLURB:Touching, heartfelt and passionate, UNTIL THE LAST STAR FADES blurs the line between slow-burn romance and women's fiction, and is a must-read for hopeful romantics, devoted daughters, and the moms they cherish. COULD YOU BE THE ONE WHO CHANGES EVERYTHING?In her senior year at NYU, Riley Hope appears to be on top of the world. With a loving mother who makes Lorelai Gilmore look like a parenting slacker, ride-or-die friends, and a long-time boyfriend destined for the National Hockey League, she puts on a smile for the world. But behind it, she’s drowning. Racked with fears for the future, she battles to stay afloat amid life in the shadows of a heartbreaking illness.And then, Ben Fagan comes crashing into her life. Twenty-three-years-old, British, and alone in the Big Apple after a disastrous pilot season in LA, the struggling actor is looking for an escape: booze, mischief, sex—minimum commitment, maximum fun—anything to avoid returning across the pond. As they form an unlikely bond, Riley keeps her reality from Ben so that he remains a happy refuge. But how long can she hold back the truth…and is Ben keeping his own secrets, too?From the award-winning author of LONDON BELONGS TO ME and LONDON, CAN YOU WAIT?, comes a bittersweet story about love, loss, sacrifice, and the life-changing decisions we make. Available November 8 in paperback and ebook._______________Not only are the main characters in this novel absolutely stellar and likeable, with just the right amount of quirks, the secondary characters, much like in her two previous novels, are ridiculously fun. As soon as readers meet Piper, they will wish she was their friend in real-life. She's hilariously inappropriate, easy going, and offers perfectly practical advice. Everyone should be as lucky as Riley in finding a friend who is as straightforward as Pip, one who will stick with them through good times and bad. Most impressively, I'm blown away by the author's ability to take on tough subjects such as depression, mental illness, cancer, and even death while continuing to have a predominately positive and lighthearted novel. I simply felt good while reading Until the Last Star Fades, something I didn't know I was lacking so severely in my reading lately. While I was with the characters during their struggles, I did not feel a complete sense of doom or dread. I knew their difficult times would be short-lived, but not in an overly predictable way. I didn't know what was coming next most times and was simply along for the ride. This book gave me all the feels, something I always hope the books I read will help me attain. I laughed and smiled through most of this book, but also had to hide my tears and sniffles toward the end, both because I was touched by the story and sad it was coming to an end. I truly have not been so lost after a book concluded in the longest time. I could have continued reading forever!I especially loved how relatable Riley was as the main character. She comes to feel like a sister through reading her story and getting to know her. She has moments of weakness, questions her own thoughts, and sometimes even overthinks. There were important moments of recognition that allowed me to realize I shouldn't be terribly hard on myself, as many people experience the same feelings of depression or anxiety I sometimes feel. I think Jacquelyn's characters are tremendously important for women to read, for a boost of confidence and a sense of unity with other women. "Look for people who might be hurting, who are silent in their pain and aren't asking for help. The best way to heal yourself is to help someone else."Until the Last Star Fades is chock full of great settings, delicious snacks that will leave your mouth watering, and the most wonderful British bloke who made my Anglophile-heart sing. I can't recommend this 5-star read enough! So, make sure to pop over to Amazon and pre-order the ebook now for $2.99. And, if you've yet to read Jacquelyn's previous works: London Belongs to Me and London, Can You Wait?, be sure to catch up on them now for some welcome tie-ins and updates on previous characters you will grow to love as well.
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  • Ellen ✦ Book Bellas ✦
    January 1, 1970
    Sweet and full of heart! More to come closer to release day.
  • poodles.ponies.peonies
    January 1, 1970
    After reading "London Belongs to Me" and "London, Can you wait?", I had high expectations for Jaquelyn Middleton's new book: "Until the Last Star Fades". I was fortunate enough to receive an advanced eBook copy and it did not disappoint. Once again Middleton has built a world full of well-developed characters and beautifully constructed relationships that draw you in from the first page. From the brilliantly-conceived meet-cute, to the hilarious banter between friends that I have come to associa After reading "London Belongs to Me" and "London, Can you wait?", I had high expectations for Jaquelyn Middleton's new book: "Until the Last Star Fades". I was fortunate enough to receive an advanced eBook copy and it did not disappoint. Once again Middleton has built a world full of well-developed characters and beautifully constructed relationships that draw you in from the first page. From the brilliantly-conceived meet-cute, to the hilarious banter between friends that I have come to associate with her work, this book moves along at the perfect pace. The pop culture references are spot-on and the frequent twists in the plot are masterfully composed.While the slow-burn romance is swoon-worthy and the friendships enviable, this book also does not shy away from dealing with more challenging subject matter. Middleton doesn't pull any punches. She respects the intelligence of her audience and writes with an absolute honesty that makes her characters truly relatable and their journeys all the more beautiful. I highly recommend this five star read for anyone who enjoys new adult contemporary romance written with humour, intelligence and honesty. Synopsis:'Touching, heartfelt and passionate, UNTIL THE LAST STAR FADES blurs the line between slow-burn romance and women's fiction, and is a must-read for hopeful romantics, devoted daughters, and the moms they cherish. COULD YOU BE THE ONE WHO CHANGES EVERYTHING?In her senior year at NYU, Riley Hope appears to be on top of the world. With a loving mother who makes Lorelai Gilmore look like a parenting slacker, ride-or-die friends, and a long-time boyfriend destined for the National Hockey League, she puts on a smile for the world. But behind it, she’s drowning. Racked with fears for the future, she battles to stay afloat amid life in the shadows of a heartbreaking illness.And then, Ben Fagan comes crashing into her life. Twenty-three-years-old, British, and alone in the Big Apple after a disastrous pilot season in LA, the struggling actor is looking for an escape: booze, mischief, sex—minimum commitment, maximum fun—anything to avoid returning across the pond. As they form an unlikely bond, Riley keeps her reality from Ben so that he remains a happy refuge. But how long can she hold back the truth…and is Ben keeping his own secrets, too?From the award-winning author of LONDON BELONGS TO ME and LONDON, CAN YOU WAIT?, comes a bittersweet story about love, loss, sacrifice, and the life-changing decisions we make. Available November 8 in paperback and ebook'.
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  • Mia Book Addict
    January 1, 1970
    AMAZING!!! Review coming soon!!!
  • Jenny
    January 1, 1970
    The mother daughter relationship in this book has been compared to the Gilmore Girls. I, myself, adore the Gilmore Girls so that instantly meant a high bar was set for this book. I could definitely see some of Rory in Riley...definitely her bad taste in men (I'm Team Jess all the way). I didn't want to see any of Lorelai in Maggie since I wasn't emotionally prepared for her situation. Side note: where's Luke? There are a lot of parallels between their story and Gilmore Girls. We could spend all The mother daughter relationship in this book has been compared to the Gilmore Girls. I, myself, adore the Gilmore Girls so that instantly meant a high bar was set for this book. I could definitely see some of Rory in Riley...definitely her bad taste in men (I'm Team Jess all the way). I didn't want to see any of Lorelai in Maggie since I wasn't emotionally prepared for her situation. Side note: where's Luke? There are a lot of parallels between their story and Gilmore Girls. We could spend all day analyzing this. Which will likely happen at my book club discussion in January (Should I wear my Team Jess shirt?). I will add to review after I re-read the book for book club and perhaps post some thoughts of fellow book club members. Work related notes: This is one of the those books that is kind of difficult to classify in the library. It is being marketed as an adult contemporary but when I read it it's more young adult in my opinion. Yes, there is sex but there is sex in some YA. It falls into the dreaded wasteland of the new adult genre. You don't want to classify it as young adult because then adults may not pick it up because not all adults will browse the YA section but then if you put it in adult some adults won't read it when they see the main characters age. The solution: I'm going to pimp the book out to every reader in my library that I think will enjoy it. You may be asking yourself where is it going shelved at my library. I will go with the publisher's preference and put it in adult.
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  • Mariana
    January 1, 1970
    UTLSF tells Riley and Ben’s story and how after a strange luggage mix-up their paths intertwine. As they get closer and they start being around each other and having fun, they start to know more about the other. It’s then when we start to see that this story is not only about them, and not just about romance. UTLSF is so much more; I thought it was a deep, emotional story. It was packed with a wide range of feelings, and very sweet and hopeful. Also, it has great, lovely and complex characters t UTLSF tells Riley and Ben’s story and how after a strange luggage mix-up their paths intertwine. As they get closer and they start being around each other and having fun, they start to know more about the other. It’s then when we start to see that this story is not only about them, and not just about romance. UTLSF is so much more; I thought it was a deep, emotional story. It was packed with a wide range of feelings, and very sweet and hopeful. Also, it has great, lovely and complex characters that I really liked. I loved Riley; she was brave and strong despite having issues on her own. I liked Maggie and Piper too, they were great secondary characters and they added a lot to the story (Casey I didn't like so much, I don’t know why…). And… just when I thought Mark Keegan (from LBTM) would forever be my #1 book boyfriend Benjamin Fagan appeared to fight for that spot! (Seriously, I refuse to decide which one I love the most).I don’t know how to express all the things that the story made me feel without giving away spoilers. However, I can say that even when some parts were not so easy-to-read (especially if you have or had had even a slightly similar situation to Riley’s) the rhythm was very fluid and I couldn’t stop reading. And even when there are some heartbreaking parts in the story, it’s also beautiful and deals with very important topics we should all talk more about and it’s nice to see that in literature. I really enjoyed the book; I have read the other two books by the author and loved both LBTM and LCYW, but UTLSF is very different. You get to see other issues, other kinds of love and that makes it very special. I highly recommend it and I’m so happy and grateful of having the opportunity to read it early.
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  • Brianna - Coffee Books and Bullet Journals
    January 1, 1970
    What can I say about this book other than OH MY GOD THIS IS AMAZING!! This book struck so many personal cords with me. Riley is a senior at NYU and she deals with anxiety and depression. Her inner monologue sometimes could have literally been taken from my brain, especially when she was juggling a long distance relationship. I cried while reading this book and I don’t cry in books. I may come back to this after my thoughts have processed more, but I think it’s safe to say I think I just found my What can I say about this book other than OH MY GOD THIS IS AMAZING!! This book struck so many personal cords with me. Riley is a senior at NYU and she deals with anxiety and depression. Her inner monologue sometimes could have literally been taken from my brain, especially when she was juggling a long distance relationship. I cried while reading this book and I don’t cry in books. I may come back to this after my thoughts have processed more, but I think it’s safe to say I think I just found my favorite book of 2018.
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  • Melena Torretta
    January 1, 1970
    Jacquelyn Middleton writes romance. She also writes amazing friendships, strong female characters, and stories with humor and heart.Riley and Ben cross paths by chance at a time of change for them both. Riley is about to graduate college and she has great friends and a boyfriend, but her mother has a serious illness. Ben is in New York after not landing any acting jobs in LA during pilot season. As they both enter adulthood with all its responsibilities and important decisions, they form a frien Jacquelyn Middleton writes romance. She also writes amazing friendships, strong female characters, and stories with humor and heart.Riley and Ben cross paths by chance at a time of change for them both. Riley is about to graduate college and she has great friends and a boyfriend, but her mother has a serious illness. Ben is in New York after not landing any acting jobs in LA during pilot season. As they both enter adulthood with all its responsibilities and important decisions, they form a friendship.I adore the characters that the author creates. Riley, Ben, and their friends Piper and Casey are no exception. They are smart, quirky, and multi-dimensional - the kind of characters you wish were real so you could be friends with them. That's not to say they make no mistakes or don't have difficulties. Instead they are realistic young adults trying to make it through the tough times and celebrating the good times together.I can't mention favorite characters, though, without saying how much I adored the relationship between Riley and her mother Maggie. Their support and love for each other even during the tough times was beautiful.The plot unfolds at just the right pace with lots of moments to make you laugh, some to make you gasp in surprise, and even a few to make you cry. It is not your typical cookie cutter romance with the same tropes or usual storylines. Instead, it is a unique and endearing tale, and you will fall in love with Riley and Ben just like I did.It is truly my favorite book this year. While it is a stand alone, I do recommend reading both London Belongs to Me and London, Can You Wait as they are all set in the same universe!Thank you to the author for providing an ARC for an honest review.
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  • Marie
    January 1, 1970
    *happy sigh*Review to come
  • Claire
    January 1, 1970
    I was lucky enough to receive an arc of this novel and it was a joy to read.The characters felt like close friends, relatable, funny, loving but not without their flaws & troubles.The multiple relationships- family, friends, significant other, were all outstanding, heartfelt and touching.This is a fabulous book and a must read for all contemporary fans.
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  • Cristina
    January 1, 1970
    Until the Last Star Fades by Jacquelyn Middleton (2018, Kirkwall Press)Friendship, love, wanderlust, careers, illness, family, loss, and tough decision-making: each very human theme presents itself in Until the Last Star Fades, author Jacquelyn Middleton’s third novel that combines romance with pop cultural allusions, devastation with humor, and loyalty to the self with love of others. Riley Hope is leaving behind college, past love, and—in some ways—a past life. And she’s sprinting, sometimes s Until the Last Star Fades by Jacquelyn Middleton (2018, Kirkwall Press)Friendship, love, wanderlust, careers, illness, family, loss, and tough decision-making: each very human theme presents itself in Until the Last Star Fades, author Jacquelyn Middleton’s third novel that combines romance with pop cultural allusions, devastation with humor, and loyalty to the self with love of others. Riley Hope is leaving behind college, past love, and—in some ways—a past life. And she’s sprinting, sometimes stumbling, in the present and into the future. The New Yorker is at a serious personal and social crossroads when Ben Fagan—also stumbling, if not spinning dangerously out of control—appears. It’s a meet-cute that, in the end, winds up some not-so-cute truths that reveal these two wayward yet ambitious wanderers as well-rounded human beings with depth and personality—souls and bodies that ache in every place we can imagine. Like Middleton’s previous two novels—London Belongs to Me and London and London Can You Wait?, UtLSF includes plucky, energetic young women balancing career aspirations with personal demons and love; foreign boyfriends (British and Irish men dominate); nerds who rule and are snappy, sexy, smart, and spunky. Fans of Middleton’s duology will delight in the crossovers here.To explain, for fans who have read Middleton’s aforementioned first two novels and are fans of lovers Alex Sinclair and Mark Keegan—an American playwright and Irish actor, respectively—you’re in for a treat. While UtLSF includes its own “cast” of characters, there are overlaps between Riley Hope and Benjamin Fagan’s and the other couple’s lives. Yet, there is no need to read the other books first to appreciate Until the Last Star Fades. Rather, the allusions and “cameo appearances” to her earlier figures and storylines merely add to the level of enjoyment if you happen to already be a Middleton fan or “Keeganite.” Middleton has, effectively and affectionately, created an enticing, fast-paced, and immersive literary world of her own characters. And she makes us care for them.Middleton’s greatest skill is evocative language that creates a deep sense of space—of sights, smells, sounds, and sensations. Armchair travelers may be encouraged to rise up and book a flight to NYC and/or London. This story is told in a clear style is punctuated by delightful moments of wit, humor, and appealing phrases. And make no mistake, too, in thinking that this is merely romance or “woman’s literature.” Yes, Until the Last Star Fades is catalyzed by Ben and Riley’s relationship. But it is really a novel about parents and children and the bonds between them as much as it is a novel about traditional guy-girl romance. “'When no one wants you…you turn inward,’” one character (I’ll be vague as not to give much away) reveals at a critical moment, the words essentially underscoring what is the central issue in this novel: the struggle to take the inner life and allow it to become symbiotic with an outer life. These are people seeking totality and trying to stay strong. They learn that strength can come from accepting vulnerability—in themselves and one another. They learn, as we all are reminded once we finish Until the Last Star Fades, that “[w]hat you see on the outside, never tells the true story of someone’s heart.” Middleton tries and succeeds to do that—tell the story of people’s hearts. Each of her novels keeps getting better and better doing just this—I look forward to the next novel!
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  • Jeannie Zelos
    January 1, 1970
    Until the Last Star Fades, Jacquelyn MiddletonReview from Jeannie Zelos book reviewsGenre: RomanceWell, I loved London Can You Wait, not so much London Belongs To Me, and this book falls in between. I guess I was spoiled with LCYW, its a hard book to live up to, I loved it so, so much. We get cameos of characters from the other books here, but its a story in its own right, and you can read it without having read the other two.Riley seems to have everything, mother who loves and supports her, das Until the Last Star Fades, Jacquelyn MiddletonReview from Jeannie Zelos book reviewsGenre: RomanceWell, I loved London Can You Wait, not so much London Belongs To Me, and this book falls in between. I guess I was spoiled with LCYW, its a hard book to live up to, I loved it so, so much. We get cameos of characters from the other books here, but its a story in its own right, and you can read it without having read the other two.Riley seems to have everything, mother who loves and supports her, dashing boyfriend, who's set to break into the big time, and her own career plans going well. Like always though its what's under the surface that counts. Riley's mum is very ill, Josh isn't quite the wonderful man he seems and Riley is struggling financially. And then Ben crashes into her life. Its a slow burn romance, there is no cheating, and for a long time Ben and Riley are just very good friends. You can feel there's that simmering attraction, but they both know where to draw the line. I like that, hate the “we just fell in love” excuse so often used. Here they hold back on feelings, wait til relationships are sorted. Thats' so much better than the cheating we often see, that leads to heartbreak all round. I loved Ben, a fabulous character, very unassuming, very natural in a world where everyone is presenting a false face. That's the nature of acting, its difficult to see the real person behind the facade. He's a long way from fame yet though, struggling as so many do, holding down other jobs to make the rent. Riley is a great lead too, so genuine, she'd do anything for her friends and adores her mum. Her mum's illness hits her hard, but with the support of Ben and her friends she's managing. I loved how tBen and Riley interacted, how her friends were so supportive, listening when needed, but pushing her when that was essential too. Those are the best sort of friends to have, those who don't just sit back, but give you that shove into the scary zone when you need it. I mentioned in another review recently I am getting a little tired of the gay best friend thing.....it seems every romance has to include one now, and they all seem born from the same mould :-( very stereotyped. What about a gay best friend who's 6ft4, and a big, burly rugby player? Think there's not one ? Think again, my eldest son works with a guy just like this. Its a great story but doesn't quite have the magic of LCYW, but has all the drama and sad bits that I love. Its got lots of side plots too, and for me that really adds to a story, makes it feel more rounded, and of course they too have their own dramas and tensions, and I'm all about that! There's a section that really surprised me, something Ben did that was so wonderful and unexpected. How many of us would do that? Then when more secrets come out I understood a little more about why he felt drawn to do this. It just made me love him more. Stars: Four, a story I really enjoyed, not quite up to LCYW for me, but well worth reading if you enjoy a romance with real people, genuine plots, not ladies that make the most idiotic decisions and monosyllabic lead males....Sadly the romance trope is dominated by them, when real stories, well written ones like this, that feel as if they could happen need more attention and applause. ARC supplied by author.
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  • Loraine Oliver
    January 1, 1970
    I really loved this book. This book is even better than the first two books by this author and I loved those books and gave them a 5 star rating. I wish I could rate this as 10 stars, it was that good! This story is very special and tells the tale of Riley a senior at NYU. Everyone loves her and her childhood friend and now boyfriend Josh, is off in North Dakota on a NHL scholarship and is also a senior. It is after a 5 day trip to North Dakota to watch her boyfriend Josh playing hockey, she is I really loved this book. This book is even better than the first two books by this author and I loved those books and gave them a 5 star rating. I wish I could rate this as 10 stars, it was that good! This story is very special and tells the tale of Riley a senior at NYU. Everyone loves her and her childhood friend and now boyfriend Josh, is off in North Dakota on a NHL scholarship and is also a senior. It is after a 5 day trip to North Dakota to watch her boyfriend Josh playing hockey, she is at the airport while getting her pink luggage. When she sees that someone took her case (the exact case as hers) by mistake, she rushes outside and sees her suitcase! This starts the friendship of Ben and Riley, and you will see how serendipity comes to play in their lives.Riley suffers from anxiety and depression; no matter what, she smiles to make everyone happy around her, even though she may be in a dark place inside. Most people do not realize this, except for her wonderful mother, Maggie, who insisted that Riley get a place close to the University rather than stay in Staten Island. Maggie wants her daughter to have the best possible life. Thankfully, aside from Josh her boyfriend, she has Casey, Piper and Erika as friends, to hang with and they love her. Piper is her best friend however, and is a unique character with a big heart, and an endless supply of advice, even when it may not be welcome! Maggie has had cancer in the past, and went into remission, but she has it again, and Riley is so upset and worried about the fact she may lose her Mom to cancer. This fact causes Riley to make a decision that may not be good for her. It is through her mom, and her friends and through Ben, her new friend from over the pond, that makes her think about everything. This book is something special, in that we get to feel along with the characters, as the author's pages are vibrant with love, passion, loss, and new beginnings,and secrets. When I finished this book, I had a book hangover, which means that nothing will interest me for a while now. It is worth it though and I knew I would have one, I did not want this book to end! I gave this book 10 Stars even though I can only give it 5 beautiful stars in this review.
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  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    To be completely upfront: I received both an e-book and paperback ARC of this book in exchange for posting my honest review of the story. I've been a fan of Jackie's since her first book, London Belongs to Me. Her heroines are always completely relatable and put you in mind of real people with their own flaws, not just the shiny veneer most authors use for their characters.This particular book, while enjoying a slow-burn relationship on the heroine Riley's part, is not just a story about a bloss To be completely upfront: I received both an e-book and paperback ARC of this book in exchange for posting my honest review of the story. I've been a fan of Jackie's since her first book, London Belongs to Me. Her heroines are always completely relatable and put you in mind of real people with their own flaws, not just the shiny veneer most authors use for their characters.This particular book, while enjoying a slow-burn relationship on the heroine Riley's part, is not just a story about a blossoming romance, but one that has different facets from friendships to family relationships as well. There is a whole subplot involving Riley's bond with her mother -- one which you'll need to read the book to see why it's so poignant.As you become more drawn in and attached to the characters -- and you will become attached to them by the end! -- you'll find so many more threads of the story expanding in ways you never expected. There's a few surprises along the way, ones which will both make you smile and gasp.There are moments in this book that will make you laugh just as there are parts that will bring you to tears (and believe me, I cried like a baby). The best part of this book is that it makes you feel as though you could easily step into the world of Riley, Ben, and their assorted friends and be able to fit in. It's a truly relatable story for many readers, and it's not a book that you feel moves slowly. In fact, I devoured the whole thing in a period of a day for my first read and went back to reread it again to catch things I missed while anxiously looking to find out how the characters were going to end up.With her third novel, Jackie has solidified herself as a writer who has a unique ability to share characters who are just like many, if not the majority, of us -- real people who are struggling with their own mental health while navigating the different twists and turns life throws at us. I absolutely adore when one of her books comes out, and I'm already anxiously awaiting the next one! Thank you for sharing such an amazing book!
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  • Heidi
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to the author for providing me with an e-ARC of Until the Last Star Fades in exchange for an honest review.Until the Last Star Fades is the heart warming (and heart breaking) contemporary novel that follows the lives of people pleaser Riley and lovable Ben, whose lives become inextricably intertwined following a classic suitcase mix-up at the airport. While the premise of this sounds corny, and a typical ‘boy meets girl’ contemporary situation – this book is anything but and a week on, Thank you to the author for providing me with an e-ARC of Until the Last Star Fades in exchange for an honest review.Until the Last Star Fades is the heart warming (and heart breaking) contemporary novel that follows the lives of people pleaser Riley and lovable Ben, whose lives become inextricably intertwined following a classic suitcase mix-up at the airport. While the premise of this sounds corny, and a typical ‘boy meets girl’ contemporary situation – this book is anything but and a week on, I am still thinking about this wonderful story. The thing that makes this story (and Jacqueline Middleton’s other stories) so wonderful, is her relatable and well thought out characters. It’s almost as if they could leap out of the pages and become your immediate best friend. And when I say characters, I’m not just talking about the main protagonists – the secondary characters are also incredibly in depth and I could 100% imaging myself going for ice cream with them and chatting for hours. Furthermore – when British characters are involved in American books they can so often be corny and cringey, but Middleton manages to incorporate British slang and humour in so well and naturally. Another fantastic thing about this book was the settings and world building. The majority of the novel takes places in New York, a city I have always wanted to visit and read so much about. I love that we don’t see the typical touristy parts of New York also, and the more natural areas where Riley, a NYU student, would actually spend her time! I must admit, I did have several flashbacks to Gossip Girl – which is never a bad thing. The way the story deals with big issues was the part that struck me the most. This book deals with issues such as depression, OCD and cancer without sugarcoating at all. The author draws on her own experiences, which makes you relate to the moments and characters so much more – and I am not ashamed to admit that this book was the first book in a long time to make me cry! The pace of the story is just spot on, with just enough tension and angst to keep you hooked and almost tearing your hair out, in ways only good contemporary novels can do and I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of strong women, fantastic friendships and British quirkiness. 5 out of 5 stars!
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    I have been a fan of Jacquelyn Middleton’s work for about a year now, which is when I read London Belongs To Me and London, Can You Wait?, thanks to the number of times I heard about them through various social media channels. I was incredibly lucky to be given a chance to read Until The Last Star Fades before its release on November 8th in exchange for an honest review. So, with that in mind… I went through a wide range of emotions while reading this book, I won’t lie. I was happy in portions, I have been a fan of Jacquelyn Middleton’s work for about a year now, which is when I read London Belongs To Me and London, Can You Wait?, thanks to the number of times I heard about them through various social media channels. I was incredibly lucky to be given a chance to read Until The Last Star Fades before its release on November 8th in exchange for an honest review. So, with that in mind… I went through a wide range of emotions while reading this book, I won’t lie. I was happy in portions, sad and frustrated in others…you name it. To start, I will say I think the strongest part of Until The Last Star Fades, for my money at least, is the relationship between Riley and her mother, Maggie. This is not to say the romantic relationships explored in this book are not good, but just I connected with this particular one the most. I think this is perhaps because I have quite a close relationship with my mother, so although we haven’t been through the same stuff as Riley and Maggie, there is still some familiarity there for me. I think Jacquelyn does a fantastic job with the relationship between Riley and her mother, so kudos on that one. It’s also because of this relationship I’d recommend Until The Last Star Fades to any daughter who has a close relationship with her mother, and vice versa.I could likely talk about this book for quite a while longer (and I do talk a bit more on my blog, the review there will go up in a few days). But I think I can sum it up with this: Until The Last Star Fades is a book that blends a slow-burn romantic relationship with the close bond between mother and daughter. It will take any reader through a roller coaster of emotion and leave them with an ending I am sure they will not see coming.
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  • Dolana B
    January 1, 1970
    As soon as I heard Jacquelyn Middleton was working on a new book, it was immediately on my must read list. Having devoured her first two stories, London Belongs to Me and London, Can You Wait?, I had high expectations. I am grateful to have received an ARC of Until the Last Star Fades, and can say that Ms. Middleton did not disappoint.The story of Riley and Ben is sweet and romantic, yet this story is so much more than their developing relationship. UTLSF draws you into the lives of Riley and Be As soon as I heard Jacquelyn Middleton was working on a new book, it was immediately on my must read list. Having devoured her first two stories, London Belongs to Me and London, Can You Wait?, I had high expectations. I am grateful to have received an ARC of Until the Last Star Fades, and can say that Ms. Middleton did not disappoint.The story of Riley and Ben is sweet and romantic, yet this story is so much more than their developing relationship. UTLSF draws you into the lives of Riley and Ben, their friends and family, and the love that connects them all. Ms. Middleton has a gift for developing her characters in a way that makes them feel very real and relatable, so much so that you can't wait to read what is next and you miss them when the book ends. Each small detail or shared thought provides insight into each of these characters, expertly drawing you in to their stories.UTLSF appeals to a wide audience, from lovers of YA to adult fiction. The young characters and modern experiences of UTLSF are scored with amazing '80s music (check out the playlist on the author's website) and references; the soundtrack of my youth! I first read LBTM to satisfy my Anglophile tendencies, and I was pleased that UTLSF has plenty of crossover into that "world" while remaining a stand-alone story.Through her characters, Ms. Middleton sheds a light on important topics like anxiety, depression and mental illness and how important it is to find support, offer support and not hide your truth.I recommend this book without hesitation. I laughed, I cried, I swooned....I couldn't put it down. Jacquelyn Middleton has solidified herself as a favorite of this Fangirl.
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  • Kenzie Carter
    January 1, 1970
    When I found Middleton's books it was love at first read. Her books are full of pop culture, London, and romance, a few of my favorite things. When I received Until the Last Star Fades to read in exchange of a review I expected nothing less then the creative heart touching story that I have come to know from her other books. UTLSF did not disappoint. Not only is there pop culture references, London boys (actually Scottish), and romance, there is so much more. Being a college student myself I con When I found Middleton's books it was love at first read. Her books are full of pop culture, London, and romance, a few of my favorite things. When I received Until the Last Star Fades to read in exchange of a review I expected nothing less then the creative heart touching story that I have come to know from her other books. UTLSF did not disappoint. Not only is there pop culture references, London boys (actually Scottish), and romance, there is so much more. Being a college student myself I connected with Riley right away, busy life, boyfriend, family and friends to worry about, and trying to make ends meet. Riley meets Ben in a random accident of matching suitcases and it was all downhill or should I say uphill from there. Throughout the story they both have their ups and downs and challenges they face but their humor and friendship keeps them going. This story brings all the feels, I was happy, laughing, crying, and frustrated throughout this book. My favorite books are when I can really connect to human emotions and this book does it. I love how all the characters that join Riley and Ben on their journey were written and seeing some old friends from previous books. I hope to take a piece of Piper and apply that confidence and sass to my life and build the relationship between my mom the way Riley has with hers. This story did not disappoint and was a great quick read (because I couldn't put it down). I look forward to seeing what Middleton comes up with next! Give this book a shot and enjoy!
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  • Susie Williams
    January 1, 1970
    (I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review)Such a cute, sweet book. This was the first Jacquelyn Middleton book I've read, but now I definitely want to go back and read her others. Until the Last Star Fades is the perfect combination of light and sweet and serious and deep. And if you don't love the main character, Riley, I'm pretty sure something is wrong with you (I mean that with kindness, but seriously, Riley is simply awesome).Riley is in her senior year at NYU and bala (I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review)Such a cute, sweet book. This was the first Jacquelyn Middleton book I've read, but now I definitely want to go back and read her others. Until the Last Star Fades is the perfect combination of light and sweet and serious and deep. And if you don't love the main character, Riley, I'm pretty sure something is wrong with you (I mean that with kindness, but seriously, Riley is simply awesome).Riley is in her senior year at NYU and balancing her school and workload, a boyfriend playing hockey in North Dakota, a mom who's sick with cancer, and bills that keep piling up. She definitely has way more on her plate than the typical college student, but handles it with grace, along with some help from her very loyal friends. On a trip home from North Dakota, Riley runs into Scottish Ben at the airport and suddenly everything changes. Ben, though flawed in some ways, is also a totally lovable character and I'm pretty sure most readers will be routing for both Riley and Ben throughout the book.I went into reading the book without knowing too many details and I honestly think that's the best way to read Until the Last Star Fades. I don't want to give anything away, but I think you'll really enjoy being with Riley and Ben throughout the ups and downs they're experiencing. I was in need of something a little lighter and though this certainly isn't a light and fluffy book and does deal with serious issues, it was just the escape I needed.
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  • Victoria
    January 1, 1970
    This slow burn friends to lovers book completely melted my heart. I hadn’t realized I needed a book like this until I had it I. My hands and was devouring it day by day. Riley is the kind of girl I aspire to be. An amazing friend, a wonderful daughter, and a loving thoughtful girlfriend. Jacqueline Middleton is not afraid to touch on and dive deeper into sensitive topics, and it was great to see depression represented so well on the page. Just like anxiety was in her previous novels, LBTM and LC This slow burn friends to lovers book completely melted my heart. I hadn’t realized I needed a book like this until I had it I. My hands and was devouring it day by day. Riley is the kind of girl I aspire to be. An amazing friend, a wonderful daughter, and a loving thoughtful girlfriend. Jacqueline Middleton is not afraid to touch on and dive deeper into sensitive topics, and it was great to see depression represented so well on the page. Just like anxiety was in her previous novels, LBTM and LCYW. I was so refreshing to see a character in a book like me and dealing with issues that I have also dealt with. And Ben. Oh my heart. The kindest most loving boy in all of creation. Jacqueline does such a great job at creating believable characters that have so many good qualities, but also have their flaws. I only have one issue with the story and that’s the length. It took me so long to read it because it felt like it dragged on. There were parts of the story where it was nice that we had all this extra detail but it made the story drag and we definitely could’ve done without. It definitely could’ve been a shorter book. Overall Until The Last Star Fades is a heartwarming and beautiful love story. The love between Riley and Ben, the love between Riley and her mom, and the love between Riley and her friends.
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  • MartyAnne
    January 1, 1970
    Author Jacquelyn Middleton is on a roll. Her first two books LONDON BELONGS TO ME and LONDON, CAN YOU WAIT? had me completely in love with her characters and their stories. This new effort, UNTIL THE LAST STAR FADES brings the same aesthetics, even the same "world" … which is author-speak for : CAMEO ALERT! Friendly faces!The first two books did not seem to me to lack anything, but with this book, there's much more about sex, discussion of it, and description of it, and it is done well. (Always Author Jacquelyn Middleton is on a roll. Her first two books LONDON BELONGS TO ME and LONDON, CAN YOU WAIT? had me completely in love with her characters and their stories. This new effort, UNTIL THE LAST STAR FADES brings the same aesthetics, even the same "world" … which is author-speak for : CAMEO ALERT! Friendly faces!The first two books did not seem to me to lack anything, but with this book, there's much more about sex, discussion of it, and description of it, and it is done well. (Always a good thing!) The characters are real, their friendships bona-fide, their struggles worthwhile. Struggles? Ahh, yes. follow Ben & Riley as they take on the world. Long-distance relationships are explored. This book also looks more at the relationship of the two main characters Riley and Ben with their mothers. Once again, Author Middleton takes on sharing about a mental illness, in this case, what is called "smiling" depression. And there is the nemesis of cancer, too.And there is love. "Truly, deeply, madly" kind of love. And in the end, my thoughts were about how the relationship feels real, the journey worthwhile, and the future looks bright. A very satisfying read. I felt like I was friends with all the characters. And I hope I get to see them again soon! What a great book, I recommend it highly and unreservedly.
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  • Summer (buttermybooks)
    January 1, 1970
    Guys!!! I finally got my hands on the new Jacquelyn Middleton book!!!! Last year I read London Belongs to Me, which was my introduction to Middleton’s writing and i totally fell in love!!! As you can imagine, I was thrilled when Until the Last Star Fades showed up on my doorstep!After tearing open the box and finding this book inside, I immediately decided all of my other books would be on hold until I finished. Until the Last Star Fades was one of my most anticipated reads of the year and it di Guys!!! I finally got my hands on the new Jacquelyn Middleton book!!!! Last year I read London Belongs to Me, which was my introduction to Middleton’s writing and i totally fell in love!!! As you can imagine, I was thrilled when Until the Last Star Fades showed up on my doorstep!After tearing open the box and finding this book inside, I immediately decided all of my other books would be on hold until I finished. Until the Last Star Fades was one of my most anticipated reads of the year and it did not disappoint!!! One thing that I loved about this book is that all of the relationships are so intricate. They all seem incredibly real. The same could be said for the story building. Sometimes while reading UTLSF I would completely lose myself in the story and when I would stop reading for a moment (to get snacks, lets me real) I would feel almost as if i were coming out of a tunnel. This book completely consumed me in all the best ways. Not only did this book warm my heart but it also left me wanting more. One thing that I have noticed with reading Middleton’s books is that I am absolutely wrecked by the time its over. I had the worst book hangover with this one and I am STILL craving more Riley and Ben!!!! The dynamic between these characters is something I wont soon forget!!!!!!Thanks so much to Kirkwall books and Jacquelyn for providing me with a copy of this book!
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  • Danielle
    January 1, 1970
    I was so excited to get an ARC e-book of Until the Last Star Fades. Having read and loved Jacquelyn’s other two books, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this one.UTLSF is a book you don’t want to put down. It’s a story you can easily fall into because the characters are just so relatable. In all 3 of her books, I can say that I had a post book slump afterwards because I felt like I had lost friends. Aside from relatable characters, the struggles they experience are things we’ve likely gone thro I was so excited to get an ARC e-book of Until the Last Star Fades. Having read and loved Jacquelyn’s other two books, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this one.UTLSF is a book you don’t want to put down. It’s a story you can easily fall into because the characters are just so relatable. In all 3 of her books, I can say that I had a post book slump afterwards because I felt like I had lost friends. Aside from relatable characters, the struggles they experience are things we’ve likely gone through ourselves - failed relationships, struggling to get by financially, or even illness or death. Not to mention Jacquelyn helps to normalize topics that are often far too common but taboo to discuss - like anxiety and depression. It’s not all just flowers and rainbows and romance in UTLSF, but even the sad and more emotionally raw parts of the story have so much beauty to them and are really well written. If you’re ready to love, laugh, cry, and make some new literary friends, and possibly meet up with some previous ones (hint, hint: this novel exists in the same world and timeline of London Can You Wait and London Belongs to Me) then definitely check out Until the Last Star Fades.
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  • Polly Palmer
    January 1, 1970
    I was super excited to receive an ARC of this book and get the chance to read it before it came out in paperback. Until The Last Star Fades is such an emotional, beautiful love story. It talks about Ben and Riley’s financial struggles, just trying to make a living in NYC. Even though you’re experiencing heartache and fighting with your demons of the past, it’s so ok to just let go sometimes, and jump right into something new and exciting. Indulge in you every so often. As Riley’s mom keeps telli I was super excited to receive an ARC of this book and get the chance to read it before it came out in paperback. Until The Last Star Fades is such an emotional, beautiful love story. It talks about Ben and Riley’s financial struggles, just trying to make a living in NYC. Even though you’re experiencing heartache and fighting with your demons of the past, it’s so ok to just let go sometimes, and jump right into something new and exciting. Indulge in you every so often. As Riley’s mom keeps telling her, in not so many words, to have a bit of fun just because you can and don’t let the tough days get ya down. I enjoyed this book sooo much because it was just what I needed to read at this time. This book was so beautifully written. It will bring you to tears and it never lulls off. It keeps you interested, anxious and excited for what comes next; all the way to the end! I have read Jacquelyn’s other two books, LBTM and LCYW, and I know now, she is an auto-buy author for me!
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  • Alex Victoria
    January 1, 1970
    This book was just amazing. I had this book on my kindle app for a while and finally got to it. I am seriously mesmerized by this book, it is quite honestly in my top three favourite reads this year. I laughed, I cried, but I never stopped smiling. ——————————————————————This book is being released on November 8 and I encourage all of you to purchase it. This book has something in there for everyone, it is so relatable. I related to a lot of things in this book which I think is why I loved it so This book was just amazing. I had this book on my kindle app for a while and finally got to it. I am seriously mesmerized by this book, it is quite honestly in my top three favourite reads this year. I laughed, I cried, but I never stopped smiling. ——————————————————————This book is being released on November 8 and I encourage all of you to purchase it. This book has something in there for everyone, it is so relatable. I related to a lot of things in this book which I think is why I loved it so much. ——————————————————————I want to tell you about my love for Ben and Riley, but I can’t spoil anything about them. Every character in this book was so unique. I felt as if I was in the story myself. The Characters has so much development, but it was like we knew there whole life. It was so damn interesting the way it was portrayed. I am so happy to have gotten to read this novel.
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  • Jill Salsano
    January 1, 1970
    I was beyond thrilled to receive an ARC of this new book by Jacquelyn Middleton! I was a big fan of her first two books, "London Belongs to Me," & London, Can You Wait?". This book was fantastic, and did not disappoint! Ms. Middleton tears at your heartstrings in the way she portrays the different relationship dynamics in the book. I loved getting to know Ben and Riley and the people in their world, as well as their relationships with their loved ones (no spoilers!). When I began this book, I was beyond thrilled to receive an ARC of this new book by Jacquelyn Middleton! I was a big fan of her first two books, "London Belongs to Me," & London, Can You Wait?". This book was fantastic, and did not disappoint! Ms. Middleton tears at your heartstrings in the way she portrays the different relationship dynamics in the book. I loved getting to know Ben and Riley and the people in their world, as well as their relationships with their loved ones (no spoilers!). When I began this book, I was surprised with the direction the romance took, and I loved the book even more than I thought I would when I first began reading it. As in her first two books, Ms. Middleton brings awareness to mental health issues with great sensitivity. I am excited to see what comes next from this great author. THANK YOU Jacquelyn Middleton!
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  • Pauline Vivi
    January 1, 1970
    This book....it’s hard to describe without giving anything important away. It deals with real world issues, mental health and physical health in a way that is accessible to the reader and will hopefully help someone going through a similar situation. Middleton creates wonderful characters that you wish would jump out of the pages and be your friends. This book will make you cry, laugh, and get the warm fuzzies. It’s a story of romance, but also of family (which can be messy) and true friendships This book....it’s hard to describe without giving anything important away. It deals with real world issues, mental health and physical health in a way that is accessible to the reader and will hopefully help someone going through a similar situation. Middleton creates wonderful characters that you wish would jump out of the pages and be your friends. This book will make you cry, laugh, and get the warm fuzzies. It’s a story of romance, but also of family (which can be messy) and true friendships. Everyone should read this book, it will stay with you for a long time. Also, it’s not necessary to read Jackie’s other books before reading this one, but it adds to the reading experience. ;)
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  • Kierstin Veldkamp
    January 1, 1970
    Warning: this book is a roller coaster of emotions. It had me close to tears in many parts because if the realness of this cancer story. I could feel the pain from everyone on every page. I loved how the characters were flawed in their own ways and I felt like I could relate to them in one way or another which helped to draw me into the story.My main criticism is how long the book was. It seemed to drag in a few parts and seemed like it could have been more streamlined into one, more cohesive st Warning: this book is a roller coaster of emotions. It had me close to tears in many parts because if the realness of this cancer story. I could feel the pain from everyone on every page. I loved how the characters were flawed in their own ways and I felt like I could relate to them in one way or another which helped to draw me into the story.My main criticism is how long the book was. It seemed to drag in a few parts and seemed like it could have been more streamlined into one, more cohesive storyline. I also found the internal dialogue parts a little confusing in the way it was formatted because I wasnt always sure if it was an internal thought, a text, said out loud etc.
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  • Susan Rees
    January 1, 1970
    I LOVE this amazing heartfelt book!! I was thrilled to receive an arc of UTLSF as I enjoyed this authors first 2 books so much. And as I closed the last page on this book I’m in awe of this remarkable story. This is a beautiful love story between Ben and Riley but it’s much more than that. It’s about the incredible bond between mother and daughter and the beautiful friendships that guide you when you need it the most. This book was emotional, angsty, and exciting. The challenges these characters I LOVE this amazing heartfelt book!! I was thrilled to receive an arc of UTLSF as I enjoyed this authors first 2 books so much. And as I closed the last page on this book I’m in awe of this remarkable story. This is a beautiful love story between Ben and Riley but it’s much more than that. It’s about the incredible bond between mother and daughter and the beautiful friendships that guide you when you need it the most. This book was emotional, angsty, and exciting. The challenges these characters face truly showcases the strengths, survival and will of the mind, body, soul and just really fills your heart will hope. I highly recommend this book!
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