Good evening, bloggers! Congrats to J.R. Rogue on the release of her new book, I Like You, I Love Her. Here’s a quick review:
In a lot of ways, I was one of the lucky ones. My high school crush liked me back. It should have been magic and fire, but it was tragic and brutal. I wrote it that way, anyways.
His name was Bryan Winthrop. He was our high school basketball star. The prom king. The most beautiful boy I had ever laid eyes on. He liked me — the theatre geek who never should have caught his eye — but he loved her.
Alternating from her high school days to ten years later, Severin Thompson tells her story of her involvement with Bryan Winthrop. Severin was always drawn to the boy she never could have. He was meant for someone else, after all. During the homecoming dance, however, a mistake is made and the gossip quickly spreads. Ten years later, Severin drives back from Los Angeles to her childhood home in Kansas. Although she’d built a new life in L.A., Severin never denied her constant thoughts of her old crush, Bryan. When they do see each other again, it all comes back to her. The betrayal. Their unhealthy involvement. Their hurting the ones they love. Nevertheless, Severin hangs on to the false hope that Bryan will finally come through for her, that just maybe she can feed her addiction again.
This story is a work of fiction, based on the author’s high school days. I think it was well-written. At times, I’d get annoyed with Severin because she’d been obsessing and chasing a guy who never intended to change, who made one excuse after another, who claimed to like her, but the excuses and pity parties never ended. Still, Severin lived on false hope for years. I really like the author’s poetic writing in her novels and how the topic of her stories really connect with many readers who can relate to such heartache. This story tells us that it’s normal to make mistakes, that we can learn from them. Letting go can be difficult, despite how we feel about someone. But, sometimes, we have to think about what’s more important. Once I got toward the end of the novel, I really understood why the book got its title.
If you haven’t check out her work, I encourage you to do so. Feel free to post your comments. Happy reading!
*I received this copy from the author, in exchange for an honest review.
About the author: J.R. Rogue first put pen to paper at the age of fifteen after developing an unrequited high school crush and has never stopped writing about heartache. She has published multiple volumes of poetry, such as Tell Me Where It Hurts, All Of My Bullshit Truths; Exits, Desires, & Slow Fires, and three novels, Burning Muses, Background Music, and Kiss Me Like You Mean It. Two of her poetry collections, La Douleur Exquise and Exits, Desires, & Slow Fires, have been Goodreads Choice Awards Nominees. She can be found on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. For more info, click here.