Saturday, May 21, 2016

Book Review: Sincerely, Carter (Sincerely Carter, #1) by Whitney G.

Author: Whitney G.
Publisher: WGW Books
Pages: 267
Format: E-book
Published: April, 2015
Price: $12.99 -> Rp176.469 (Amazon)
Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Date started: May 11, 2016 - Date finished: May 12, 2016

Synopsis:
Just friends. 
We’re just friends. 
No, really. She’s just my best friend... 

Arizona Turner has been my best friend since fourth grade, even when we “hated” each other. We’ve been there for one another through first kisses, first “times,” and we’ve been each other’s constant when good relationships turned bad. (We even went to colleges that were minutes away from each other…) 

Throughout the years, and despite what anyone says, we’ve never crossed the line. 

Never thought about it. 
Never wanted to. 

Until one night changed everything. 
At least, it should’ve ... 

Just friends. 
We’re just friends. 
I’m only saying this until I figure out if she’s still “just” my best friend…
Review:
Arizona and Carter wasn't always friendly to each other. Before they became best friends, they were enemies. There were times in elementary school where they hated each other to a point where their hatred toward each other is seen by their teacher. It wasn't until the time their teacher made them write each other an apology letter that Arizona and Carter decided to become friends and eventually progressed into being each other's best friend.

Their friendship lasted until now, where they're off going to college. Arizona decided to pursue a business major despite her passion for baking and cooking, even though she's a business major it doesn't stop her from enhancing her baking and cooking skill. From time to time she would hijack a cooking class to learn a thing from the lecturers. Carter pursued a degree in law, he had always wanted to be a lawyer, although in the past he would've become a professional basketball player if he didn't have an accident. Basketball was Carter's past.

Everyone in their whole lives were always skeptical and in disbelief about Carter and Arizona's friendship because they have stayed platonic over all these years. They say there can never be a friendship between a guy and a girl without the urge to sleep with each other. People were in shock that they haven't slept with each other or have fallen in love with each other during the course of time that they are friends.

Truth is, they don't think of each other that way. That is until they started seeing each other that way, they started imagining things of each other and one day they finally had sex. They agreed that it was only just sex and it wouldn't amount to anything else. That is until it amounts to something else, they started developing feelings toward each other. Could it be that what people said is true? No man and woman could ever just stay "friends".
“Some people come into your life for a reason, some a season, and some a lifetime.”
Ugh, you all know friends to lovers is one of the most common things in romance books beside enemies to lovers but I don't know why I always find myself liking these kinds of books. Sincerely, Carter was no different, I really thoroughly enjoyed it. This book is written from alternating perspectives of Carter and Arizona. It also chronicles their past and their current lives, so we get the backstory of how their friendship started and what's going on in their lives now. I liked the fact that this book was written in multi POVs because we get to see what each character is feeling but the execution could be a bit better because at times I found myself not able to differentiate which POV I was reading.

The author really did know how to create that best friend feel of the main characters because as I've read this book I legit believed that they could be people that are best friends in real life. How they know each other so very well, how they have a tradition of eating at the same waffle house almost every day, etc. I feel like being best friends you have those things that are sacred to you and your best friend(s), things only you and your best friend(s) like to do. So, I really like how the author created the friendship of Carter and Arizona.
“For years, I'd never understood what it meant when people said they felt like laughing and crying at the same time, until now. I was waking up every morning - reaching for her, rolling over in bed at night to pull her closer, but she was never there.”
“I was pretty sure I loved him, and not in the way I loved him before. This was different. This was “I needed to have him every hour of the day,” “be around him whenever I could”, and “do whatever I could to have him” type of way. From the way he looked at me, I could tell he felt the same.” 
For the storyline itself, it's actually pretty ordinary you know straight up how the ending is going to be and there were no surprising twists and turns that would make you gasp. Even though it was all very predictable, I quite enjoyed their journey and how they got to the ending. My favorite thing from this book would be the epilogue.

I do recommend this book for readers who love friends to lovers kind of story and don't mind reading sex scenes (because this is a new adult book and it contains some sex scenes).

That's all for now!

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