Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Story of You and Me by Pamela DuMond

Recommended for New Adult and Mature Young Adult Readers: She's driven to save her life. He's haunted by breaking one. Some secrets are risky to share. But nothing's more powerful than falling in love... Nineteen-year-old Sophie has the kind of hope that makes her do weird things—like leave her family and friends behind in her small hometown and travel thousands of miles to a strange city—Los Angeles. She didn’t plan on getting into the middle of a bar fight on the USCLA campus her first night in town. She didn’t want to be rescued by twenty-one-year-old Alejandro, the hottest guy she’s ever met. She has no time to fall for a guy because her stakes are high—life and death. Sophie’s starting a promising, experimental USCLA Medical study that could heal her debilitating disease. But California’s filled with all kinds of alternative healers offering medical miracles. When she ventures on her own to find them, she quickly discovers that L.A.’s a tough city, with bad guys more than happy to take advantage of her. She hires Alejandro to be her driver and her bodyguard. Their journeys take them to sunny beaches, dicey ghettos, campus hang-outs, gang-infested hoods and celebrity parties. And she learns that healing doesn’t always come the way you think you need it. Sophie’s healing is six-foot-two-inches tall, has stunning hazel eyes, black, shiny hair and a rock solid chest that shelters her. Her healing is a smart, gorgeous Alpha Boy with a killer sense of humor—Alejandro. As they fall in love, she realizes Alejandro isn’t your typical college party boy—he has a dangerous past. And Sophie isn’t the only one who keeps secrets. A Story of Hope. A Story of Love. A Story of Redemption. (HEA for Sophie and Alejandro.)
First line:
"Screw you, Alejandro!"
Review copy from author
4 kittens out of 5
Like I've said multiple times before, books about medical stuff intrigues me. That's what drew me to this book in the first place. It is a well written book. The only thing I have to complain about is Pamela only ever refers to Sophie's disease as MS, which I assume stands for multiple sclerosis. But other than that, I enjoyed it.

Sophie is interesting. She's not searching for a cure for herself, but for her grandmother. Her grandmother is her best friend. Sophie's grandmother is probably my favorite character. She's lively and funny. Even if we don't encounter her directly all that often, you can tell Sophie loves her a lot. Sophie thinks she can keep Alejandro at a distance. She's the ice queen. She knows his type, Alpha Boy that thinks he owns the world. But Alejandro is different and none of her tactics work. His secret just about broke my heart, it was so sad.

Speaking of secrets, Sophie and Alejandro refused to talk about them. I'm fine with that. I also liked that when they finally started talking, Sophie did try and tell Alejandro about her secret several times, but they kept getting interrupted, so it wasn't like she was avoiding telling him after he shared his. Has anybody else noticed that annoying trend? The girl gets mad at the guy for not telling his secret when she won't tell hers, even after the guy divulges. But that's not what happens in this book, so yay for me (and you, because you should read the book :).

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