Saturday, January 18, 2014

Review of If Only We by Jessica Sankiewicz


They say all it takes is one wrong move and you lose the game. One false step and you’re trapped. One slip-up in your choice of words and you ruin a friendship forever. That is what they say. They say I lost.

I do not believe them.

At the end of the summer after graduation, Adrienne wonders what happened to cause her life to be in ruins. She isn’t getting along with her mom, her stepsister isn’t talking to her, and, to top it off, the boy she’s been in love with doesn’t want anything to do with her. She believes the turning point was a choice she made at graduation. When she wakes up the next day, she has been transported back three months to that moment, the one where everything started to fall apart.

Adrienne realizes she has been given a second chance—and this time she doesn’t want to mess anything up. Reliving the entire summer, though, turns out to be a lot harder than she thought. As the same days and weeks go by, she starts to see how simple decisions can make a huge impact on the world around her. Despite knowing some of what lies ahead, there are some things she didn’t anticipate. She thought she knew what mistake led her to where she ended up the first time. She was wrong.

And by the time summer is over, she discovers what was really at stake.



If Only We teaches us a lesson to when given a second chance we must to our best to choose a better outcome/ right path. It also teaches us that pride will be our downfall (although a lot of stories have this concept).

After Adrienne confessed to her best friend Chevy, she runaway after she thought he "rejected" her. After near the end of summer, she finally returned home and realized that she damaged her relationship with her family and Chevy. Realizing her mistake, she dreamed of having a second chance and the next day she finds out that she is reliving the beginning of her graduation where it all started. As she relives her second chance with Chevy and her family, she is also on a journey about discovering what she really wants in her life.

I must confessed that I didn't really liked Adrienne in the beginning especially when she realized that the decision she made was her biggest mistake. But when she was given a second chance to relive the beginning of her graduation where it all started, she became mature except probably for some situations. Although she did her best to make things right she realized that all can't be changed even if the situations became different. In the end she realized that we create our own fate.

It's both realistic and unbelievable in ways but it's fiction. It can be anything.

Although, when I finished reading it, I wanted to read more.

*I received an arc in exchange for an honest review*