Today I have the honor of participating in the book blog tour for Emancipating Andie by Priscilla Glenn hosted by AToMR Tours. I hope you all enjoy my review and the other tour posts.
Title: Emancipating Andie
Author: Priscilla Glenn
Published: April 5th, 2013 by Createspace
Book rating: 4 stars
Cover rating: 3 stars
Ever since the one time Andie Weber threw caution to the wind - and paid the price for it - she’s learned that it’s safer and smarter to live life playing by the rules. Now she’s got a great apartment, a steady job, and a wonderful boyfriend in Colin; he’s sweet, stable, and essentially perfect – except maybe for the fact that his best friend is Chase.
Chase McGuire lives his carefree, unstructured life strictly for himself. Dripping sarcasm and oozing wit, he refuses to censor his feelings or opinions for anyone, making no apologies for either and wearing his abrasiveness like a badge of honor. No one has ever gotten under Andie’s skin the way Chase does – and vice versa.
So when Andie and Chase find themselves forced to take a two-day road trip together, they are already dreading an inevitable all-out war. But as the trip progresses, and the undeniable friction that has always defined their relationship slowly begins to wear away their preconceived notions of each other, Andie and Chase discover they both have a lot to learn about life, courage, happiness, and the age-old battle between logic and love.
After reading Back to You by Priscilla last year and falling in love with her writing and ability to tell such a beautiful love story I jumped on the chance to read Emancipating Andie. I wasn't expecting what I got but I enjoyed it either way. This book wasn't my favorite and not as good in my opinion as Back to You but I think that's because the type of story was completely different than what I usually read. From the blurb you can obviously tell Emancipating Andie has a love triangle aspect. Now I usually don't go for books that have possibilities of cheating and love triangles are a touchy subject for me. The author has to handle them a certain way for me to be okay with them and Priscilla did a wonderful job with this one. She managed to make it realistic, heart breaking, but beautiful all at once.
From the beginning we can tell Andie is up tight to say the least. We don't find out until later exactly why she's this way but it's perfectly understandable once we do discover the mystery. At first Andie annoyed me as a character. Before you tear me to shreds know that I grew to love her. I think it made me sad seeing her alive but not living, it was like she was just content and couldn't and didn't really want to be anything more This is comfortable and as humans we love to be comfortable and usually don't like change but I wanted change for Andie because she deserved something more. Colin was a great guy, he treated Andie well and loved her but he just wasn't right for her. When we learn Chase and Andie have to spend time together I was excited, throughout their little roadtrip I fell more in love with the thought of them as a couple. Andie needed a Chase not a Colin, even though both were great guys Chase pushed Andie outside of her comfort zone and inspired her to be a bigger and better person as she did for him. Colin and Andie were just comfortable, too normal for my liking. The problem with all of this? Well it's obvious, how do you break up with your boyfriend and later let him find out you are possibly in love with one of his good friends or do you even do it at all? I don't know. Who the hell knows how to do that to anyone? In some way someone was getting hurt whether we wanted that to happen or not. I'm not going to spoil the story but the way this situation was handled made me not so afraid to read more books like this in the future and also very excited for her future releases. After a not so great experience with a book with a similar dynamic in the past I was kind of scared of them but Priscilla managed to make everyone happy and better in the end. She managed to show us how people can grow and change for the better even in situations that aren't the happiest or best times. We get to see how people can compliment each other and make one another a better person and overall fall in love with the thought of finding that one true special someone who makes you better in every way possible.
Seeing Andie, Colin, and Chase fall apart and grow up as individuals and together was really enjoyable. The only problem I had with this was the point of view, I would have liked to be inside the characters head instead of having their story told to me only because I feel like I connect with them more that way. I recommend Emancipating Andie for contemporary romance lovers and someone who is looking for a book that will tug on your heartstrings but leave you feeling happy in the end.
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Priscilla Glenn lives in New York with her husband and three children. She has been teaching English Language Arts at the middle and high school levels for the past eleven years while moonlighting as a writer, mommy, coach, student, and professional laundry-doer. If you catch her when she's feeling sophisticated, she'll tell you her favorite things are great books and good wine. In the moments in between, she'll admit her love for anything Ben and Jerry's, UFC fights, and Robert Pattinson. Emancipating Andie is Glenn’s second novel. She is also the author of the contemporary romance/young adult crossover, Back to You.
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