Title: Who We Were
Author: Christy Sloat
Genre: Contemporary romance
Formats: E-book and Paperback
Cover by: Najla Qamber Designs
Editor: Melanie Williams
Pages: 330 pages
Date Published: 15 September 2014
“Who we were had washed away with the summer. Who we are was yet to be seen.”
Summer school at Alcott High was only supposed to gain Sadie Peters extra credit, nothing more. Her goal wasn’t to make friends, or gain the attention of the most popular football player, yet she managed both. Her life was cruising along on course … until that summer.
Could a simple stint in a different school change her identity completely and introduce her to love for the first time? How would that affect her relationship with Lily, her best friend?
Hopefully their friendship was strong enough to make it through the tumultuous summer. Sadie learns that great things come with change, but sometimes memories of the past are hardest to part with.
My Review of WHO WE WERE
I started Who We Were having already lost my faith in any romance novel. I always thought the characters felt flat and the emotion unrealistic. I ended Who We Were with my faith completely restored! Christy Sloat does a fantastic job of inciting empathy for her characters while still allowing an air of mystery around them. Not only that, she knows how to write a guy anybody can fall in love with.
The best and worst part of this book – the characters feel so real! I could swear to you that Lily, Kyleigh, Sadie and I are all best friends. On more than one occasion I felt as frustrated at Lily and sad about the situation as Sadie did, if not more so. I think at one point I actually yelled, “Lily, you idiot, open your eyes!” I am so glad that Sadie and Kyleigh became friends, they were meant to, that’s clear from when they first meet. Great minds think alike and all. Ah, Nolan. So sweet and thoughtful and caring…well, I have a lot to say about Nolan but I don’t want to give anything away. You’ll just have to read Who We Were and fall in love with him like I did 🙂 Can you say “New book boyfriend”?
Not to ‘toot my own horn’ or anything but most of the time I can figure out what is going to happen in a book. A common theme I have found when reading Christy’s books, is that there is always something that surprises me. Always. And that remains true in Who We Were. This ‘something’ had me crying for forever! (I’m still not quite over that evil little plot twist Christy!) Over all: AMAZING read! This book definitely had me dreaming about Summer…and Nolan!
My Rating: 5 Stars
I killed the engine and grabbed my new bag. I refused to go to summer classes with my junior year backpack. No way! I had purchased all new items for the next four weeks. This was a new school and a new chance to actually become someone different. A clean slate. No one here knew me, so my past history was erased. I would be Sadie Peters, popular and outgoing, instead of Sadie Peters, a shy nobody that no one pays any attention to.
I looked up at Alcott High’s newly rebuilt entrance. It was the town’s oldest school, but it held the most history. It was the very first school built in Laurel Lakes when it was a small town. Now that the town has grown immensely, they needed a new school built, and that’s how Ridgeline High, my school, was built. While I liked my school for various reasons, I loved the history of Alcott. To me it held hope and immense change. After a complete and utterly disastrous junior year, I could only see promise staring me in the face.
“Three weeks, Sadie. They didn’t even show up to my doctor’s visit to get the final results.” That made me so sad to hear. How could they do that? He made a fist and hit the dashboard, not hard, but enough to make himself feel better.
I placed my hand on his and squeezed, letting him know I was here and I wasn’t going anywhere.
“Do you ever feel invisible?” He asked looking out the window.
I laughed. Did I ever. My mom worked so much I hardly ever saw her, and my dad wasn’t home anymore. Cara was off to college, and she just thought of me as the silly kid sister. No one at Ridgeline knew I existed, even though I passed them in the halls every day. But instead of giving him that answer, I gave him the one I really felt was true. The one that I felt right then in that moment.
“Not anymore.” I turned to look at him, and he met my eyes at the same time.
Christy Sloat is a SoCal born girl who resides in New Jersey currently with her husband, two daughters and Sophie her Chihuahua. Christy has embraced the love of reading and writing since her youth and was inspired by her grandmother’s loving support. Christy passes that love of reading, writing, and creativity to her daughters, family, and friends. When you do not find Christy within the pages of a book you can find her being mommy, wife, crafter, and dear friend. She loves adventurous journeys with her friends and can be known to get lost inside a bookstore. Be sure to venture into her Past Lives Series, The Visitor’s Series, and watch for many more exciting things to come.
Check out her website www.christysloat.com