Published on: August 30th 2013
Published by: Self Published
Series: With Me #1
Genre: YA Contemporary
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I’ve been famous since I can remember. Singing, acting, dancing—I’ve done it all. The tabloids cover my every move, but I don’t want that anymore. I want to be normal, whatever that is.
When I leave Hollywood for college in Vermont, I’m on my own for the first time in my life. This is my chance to figure out who I am and what I want in life.
But it’s a lot harder than I expected. I can’t escape my image. Classes are difficult, and I’m struggling. And then there’s Caleb Fox.
Sexy, intriguing Caleb Fox.
Caleb is the one man who doesn’t want to use me. He breaks down my walls. He challenges me. He wants me. And I just don’t know if I can give him the same—or if he’ll stick around when he finds out my shameful secret that the tabloids haven’t managed to uncover.
Dating him is risky enough, but loving him could break me.
I’ve lost count of the amount of times I say “nice” in this video! No more after bed time reading for me, it makes my mind turn to mush!
This book was exactly what it said it would be: a no-nonsense love and self-discovery story. It was an easy read, a nice read, but if you are looking for something really deep then perhaps this isn’t it. That being said, it was enjoyable and for me a great “in-between” book when I needed a break from heavy fantasy books.
So, what did I think of it:
Hailey is a very likable character who struggles with her new life she has chosen for herself. Caleb is your typical good looking and genuinely nice guy. When they first meet Hailey can’t understand his kindness and her years of being used by people in Hollywood lead her to suspect he has ulterior motives then just wanting to be her friend. But when she finally learns to trust him they embark on a very cute and at times extremely sexual relationship.
You can’t help but love the characters in this book. Whether it be Hailey and Caleb, or Daphne, Caleb’s younger sister who becomes Hailey’s closest friend. Caleb’s group of guy friends can be hilarious and t times reminded me of how much I miss the guys I lived with when I was at university! Then there is also Caleb’s family, I especially loved his younger sisters who are completely star struck at their big brothers new girlfriend.
“I’m so glad you came here, Hailey. So very, very glad. You are my every heartbeat, and I love you“
Hailey’s journey of self-discovery is harder then she imagined. At first she struggles to find friends, mostly due to the fact that she doesn’t trust anyone after all her years of being used by her mother for her fame. She has to put up with people staring at her, and those who try and give her material, but otherwise she is pretty much left alone. It’s kind of sad really that she just wants a normal student life, but actually ends up lonelier than ever. Until she meets Caleb.
“You’re not alone anymore. Get that through your thick skull. You have me. And though I may be short, I am one fierce motherfucker“
Their relationship is nice because it’s not an insta love kind of romances. It is very much lust-at-first-sight, and the two have very intense chemistry for each other. On that note, one thing Elyssa Patrick is very good at writing: sex scenes. (hot and steamy would be one way to describe it!
“Awww, you two lovebirds are so cute.” Jaime leans forward. “So, show her the magic trick.”
“I’m trying, but you still haven’t disappeared yet”
One disappointment with this book: throughout this story we are told that Hailey has this secret. A secret that no one but her mother knows about, and if anyone were to find out then Hailey’s life would be over. Her reputation destroyed, she would loose Caleb and basically life wouldn’t be worth living. So we spend the whole book with Hailey’s fear of her secret being discovered (even though we don’t actually know what it is, but knowing that it is probably going to be one of like 3 things). But then the secret is outed, and yeah I’ll agree it was a big secret, but after like 5 pages everyone is over it and you left feeling like “What was all the fuss about?!”
“With you, there is always music.“
On a whole this is a nice, easy, no nonsense story about discovering who you are and learning to trust and ultimately love the people around you. It very much encompasses the theory of “friends are the family we chose for ourselves”, as Hailey gives up all the fake people who would just use her, and uses her second chance to discover a family who love her just for her.
I would recommend this book to fans of: YA romance, stories of self discovery, books including music
Have you read Stay With Me?
Who is your favourite book that features music?