I really liked this book! I connected with it on a personal level…
and that gave me a greater appreaciation for the story.
Just Like You Said it Would Be (Release Date: February 15, 2017)
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?
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Amira is a teen on the cusp of womanhood and she falls in love. Is there anything more potent, more intoxicating than first love? What I love about this diverse story is that like me, Amira lives in Toronto and also like me, she is Irish. Well, half Irish, and those things made me connect to her on a personal level.
Additionally, I loved the geography of the book, especially that most of it took place in Ireland. It gave the story a magical, almost ethereal quality at times and yet, it was also fresh and contemporary. A very interesting juxtaposition that I quite enjoyed.
I can’t imagine experiencing the intense feelings– love, lust, longing and even pain, thousands of miles away from the person responsible, though that is what Amira had to endure, along with other very complex issues in her life, that most teens don’t have to deal with. She approached all of these things with a maturity beyond her years, and I think that will appeal to older readers like myself.
As I mentioned, the writing is fresh and modern, the story is incredibly relatable, and the characters are dynamic and three-dimensional. All key ingredients needed to create a good novel, which C.K. Kelly Martin has done.
Just Like You said it Would be is an evocative story and I really enjoyed it. The fact that it was realistic and diverse made it even better and I would happily recommend it to anyone.
About the Author
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.