Since Forever Ago by Olivia Besse
Published: 5-11-14 by Wunderland Press
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Fresh off the heels of a devastating breakup, Riley Benson is a mess. But with her ingenious plan to become a ball-busting heartbreaker herself, she’s pretty sure she’ll survive. After all, what better way is there to get revenge than to move on?
Riley’s determined to become the perfect bachelorette—she’s going to drink like a bro, belch like a beast and swear so much that she’ll make even the most seasoned sailors blush. After all, those are the qualities that every guy’s secretly looking for…. aren’t they?
Max Fletcher is in love with the girl who gave him chicken pox and his first broken leg. When his best friend seems to finally be out of the picture, he can’t help but want to keep Riley all to himself. And, after coaching her with the very best of the very worst love advice, it seems as if he might actually get what he’s wanted after all those years. But just as the two come to the realization that they’re actually kind of perfect for each other, along comes a secret that threatens to tear them apart.
Design – ? Rating – 3/5
This cover is fine I guess. I really dislike the way the guy is carrying the girl in the photo. Her face is obscured so I can’t tell if she’s having fun and they’re being playful, or if it’s something else. I do like the way the title font is semi-transparent, but the font itself isn’t exciting at all. The overall colors of the cover are nice, but the cover is a bit dull.
Since Forever Ago is one of the better New Adult books I’ve read. It’s a little funny, a little dramatic, but it’s also a bit far-fetched. Thankfully, there’s an actual plot and not just the sex-filled excuse for a book that many New Adult books are. Since Forever Ago is cute and a pleasant surprise. I’d like to address the author’s note stating that many reviewers found her characters annoying. I didn’t get where that came from as I didn’t find them annoying. Instead, they struck me as realistic.
- Max – Finally, a book where the best friend confesses his love before the bitter end! Max’s self-deprecating thoughts can be a bit much at times, but his fears of rejection are endearing. Max messes up, he doesn’t always say the perfect thing, sometimes he’s an idiot – and that’s kinda why it works. He gets mad at Riley when she makes stupid decisions, he’s afraid of losing his friendship with her, but he tells her how he feels anyway. I’m so glad that the second half of the book is Max and Riley dealing with the fallout of this confession – the awkward and realistic love story is refreshing.
- Riley’s roomies – Liz and Audrey are great friends to Riley. They’re supportive but don’t put up with her BS, and they’re really funny. Liz especially is someone who wants to help Riley but is also tired of her friend ignoring her advice about guys. The three girls have a nice mix of guy-centric conversations and other talks, and they seem like people you could actually hang out with.
- narration – Since Forever Ago is written in third person, allowing peeks into both Max and Riley’s thoughts, which I really enjoyed reading. Going on a disastrous job interview and having to keep your cool while your inner voice criticizes every move you make and generally thinks the word ‘fuck’ a lot? Check. Trying to make up with your new girlfriend while your brain won’t shut up about how stupid you are and how she’ll never forgive you? Check. It’s fun to see both sides of the story without having to deal with a POV switch between characters every chapter, and it’s nice to see what each of them is thinking.
- sex – I’m really happy with how sex is portrayed in this book. Riley’s been in a 6 year long relationship. She’s experienced, but it’s made clear that she experiences some new things with Max. The dirty talk is funny and personal between Riley and Max, rather than generic or explicit. Max goes with Riley to get her STD test, and gets tested himself to make her more comfortable. And sex isn’t a huge focus of the book, like most New Adult books I’ve read.
- Riley – If I were to classify anyone in this book as annoying, it’d be Riley. The girl makes some seriously questionable decisions, including getting back together with an ex who cheated on her multiple times. Her romantic confusion is understandable to a certain point, but some things make no sense, such as her insanely unrealistic gullibility. Are we really supposed to believe that a 21-year-old girl would believe some of the dating tips Max came up with? Riley basically acts like a pig on her string of first dates that never go past that – cursing, bragging, belching – who on earth refers to their date as ‘bro?’
- Noah – I have to question Riley’s sanity if she dated Noah for 6 years. He is the very definition of selfish. He cheats on her, gets mad when she moves on, then treats her like shit when she gets back together with him.
- plot – Two things bother me about the plot. Firstly, can someone write a romance that doesn’t follow the formula of get together, break up/massive betrayal, happy ending? It’s so predictable and we all know they’ll get back together. Secondly, Max’s plan to give Riley the worst dating advice ever is awful. Does he actually think that she’s dumb enough to believe him? It’s hard to tell.
“Lie or no lie?” Max challenged, leaning forward across the table with a mischievous glint in his eyes.
“We’re not five anymore, Max!”
“Lie,” he repeated, an amused grin on his face. “Or no lie?” – Max + Riley Loc. 1928
“The fact that his banging just might break down our door and make us lose our security deposit is romantic to you?” Liz responded, cocking an eyebrow at her swooning roommate.
“Well, no. It’s actually kind of giving me a headache,” Audrey replied, a tiny frown on her lips. “But it does show that he cares!” – Loc. 2525
Acquired: NetGalley (ebook)