Disclaimer – I received a free digital download of this book by Filles Vertes Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
I found ‘As much as I ever could’ to be an incredibly moving read about young romance and overcoming life changing hurdles. It’s definitely a young adult/teenage book with the book being written in first person narrative of 17 year old CJ.
CJ lost herself when a road accident claims the lives of both her mother and sister, leaving her the sole survivor. The survivor guilt is dragging her under with no amount of therapy helping her through, will her father sending her to her estranged Memaw’s house help her find her way back or send her further off of the deep end?
The storyline was really enjoyable to read and really well thought out. I appreciated the struggles that all the main characters found themselves going through and even found myself going through them too. I would have liked to hear Jett’s point of view, just because I enjoy romance books more when you hear both the man and woman’s point of views, but it didn’t detract from the story or the book as a whole.
I liked that the book showed a healthy relationship with boundaries that were respected by both parties. I think it’s a really important time for romance books to encompass what a fulfilling and good relationship is rather than promoting the more toxic sides and romanticising things that shouldn’t necessarily be happening in relationships. I think it’s even more important in teenage/young adult romance.
I would definitely recommend this book to teenage/ young adult readers and enthusiasts.