I Loved You First
By Reena Jacobs
Release Date: 07/29/11
Book Description from Goodreads:
My best friend was more than just a best friend to me. Three words summed it up: I heart him. I’d never tell him though. I wasn’t stupid. Besides, what he’d told no one, but me, was a little something I wished I could forget… or ignore. He was gay. I guess gay wouldn’t be bad if I wasn’t so in love with him. Now it was just cruel.
Stereotypes run amok in this college love story: Parties, alcohol, hookups, and breakups. Alexandria Carmichael may find it a bit much as she deals with the unreturned love from the boy who completes her. When all is revealed, not only does she risk losing her best friend forever, but also herself. Without her childhood companion for support, Alexandria takes a journey of self-discovery but fears what she’ll find at the end.
***Book received by author in exchange for review***
I don’t normally tend to read stories with a LGBT storyline. I have read Hushed by Kelley York, so when I was approached by Reeba Jacobs to review her book and be a part of the re-release blog tour, I was intruigued enough by the summary to agree. I’m kind of obsessed with anything in the New YA/Mature Adult category, plus Reena has one of the awesome-est (is that a word?) review request. First of all, at only 196 pages, I think this book would be best considered a novella instead of a full length book. Not that I have anything agaist novellas. In fact, I have read some really great novellas this year and love being able to read something great in a short time.
Alex and Seth have been best friends for years. This is the classic story of girl being in love with her best friend. Only, Seth is gay (which he has only confided to Alex) which complicates things. Alex spends years pining over Seth and basically following him around and doing everything he does or says, but when he hooks up with the popular girl at school, she decides she needs to move on and focus on herself. She catches the attention of a football player. Right when she starts thinking that this guy might be perfect for her, Seth starts paying more attention to Alex. What I couldn’t understand at times is if he was jelous because on some level he really liked her or if he was just being overprotective about her.
I Loved You First was a cute and surprisingly deep and emotional short story. I’m all for strong female characters and it really bothered me that at first Alex was basically Seth’s shadow. But as the story went on, she really grew into herself. Seth was a hard person to like. He was kind of a jerk (not the good kind) and he took Alex for granted, a lot. At the same time I could understand why he acted that way, since he was dealing with this huge secret. I Loved You First is a perfect book to read when you want something quick to read. Just because the book is short, it does not mean it lacks anything, it still manages to pack a punch. The ending was not what I was expencting but it was still satisfying. Above all it’s about friendship, love and finding yourself and accepting that person.
3 out of 5 sparkly stars!
About the Author
Reena Jacobs is just your typical writer who loves to see her words in print. As an avid reader, she’s known to hoard books and begs her husband regularly for “just one more purchase.” Her home life is filled with days chasing her preschooler and nights harassing her husband. Between it all, she squeezes in time for writing and growling at the dog.
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