Thursday, May 29, 2014

Review: My Best Friend, Maybe by Caela Carter

My Best Friend, Maybe
My Best Friend, Maybe by Caela Carter
Colette has been bored and lonely ever since her best friend, Sadie, dumped her the summer before they stared high school. She tries to be perfect for everyone left in her life: her parents, her younger brothers, her church youth group, even her boyfriend, Mark. But Colette is restless. And she misses Sadie.
When Sadie tells Colette that she needs her old friend to join her on a family vacation to the Greek Islands, one that leaves in only a few days, Colette is shocked to hear their old magic word: need. And she finds herself agreeing.
Colette tries to relax and enjoy her Grecian surroundings but it’s not easy to go on vacation with the person who hurt you most in the world. When the reason for the trip finally surfaces, Colette finds out this is not only a fun vacation. Sadie has kept an enormous secret from Colette for years...forever. It’s a summer full of surprises, but that might be what Colette needs .

Publishes in US:  June 3rd 2014 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Genre: YA contemp
Source: Bloomsbury via Netgalley 
Series? No

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    I wanted to read this because it sounded like a nice summer read, and also based on friendship. I wanted to find out what happened between their friendship and what it is that Sadie has been keeping from Colette.
    The story is mostly told in Collette's present, but she does have sections that go back to when her and Sadie were such close friends as kids. It is nice to get these glimpses of how they were together and that they had a long history as best friends. It also makes me relate with Colette even more because it shows me what she is missing in her life. 
    Where we start with Colette's story there is so much change going on. She is supposed to go on a summer mission trip with her straight and narrow chaste boyfriend Mark, who is graduating and going to college while she will be in her senior year. One of her current closest friends, Luisa is applying for a senior year abroad. So, after being dumped by Sadie (as she sees it) those are the closest people to her because even though she has a lot of people in her youth group and town that she knows she isn't really close to them. 
    When Sadie approaches her about the summer in Greece, Sadie says yes right away, surprising them both. But then she is waivering on if she can go, if her parents would approve, and what about her planned and fund raised trip to Costa Rica? She isn't sure about that status of her future with Mark. This began the process that continued through the book of Coley (her nickname) realizing who she really wants to be instead of playing a balancing act from the "Good Colette" that her parents and their high expectantions and moral/religious values weigh on her. On the other side she wants to break out the brave/fun Coley that says yes to trips and wants to get to the bottom of the seperation with Sadie. 
     I actually didn't guess Sadie's secret until a little before Coley herself found out. I guessed a lot of things, things that could actually make an interesting story if it were the secret, but finally all of the "you don't know" and the judging/downer/mean looks from others. Sadie's side of the story actually makes a lot of sense and I could see how she could have percieved everything that happened, but I also feel for Coley. Over time she lost her best friend and the fun and lightness from her life. 
    But she realizes that she needs to open up and let others in more, as well as make decisions for herself based on feelings, on facts and not on expectations. I ended up enjoying her talks with her father, because even though he has the same beliefs as her mom, I think that he goes about showing them better. Yes, there is talk of religion, but Coley isn't quite sure I don't think, she's just grown up with the background, and in church, so she is a little more towards the conservative because of her upbringing. But Coley's mom is the more vocal and pushes it to Coley as well. I know that, as a christian mom, she wanted to protect Coley, and wanted to pass along what she believes and values. But... the makes mistakes, but I also liked that she finally admitted she was wrong how she handled things and was more willing to actually listen to Coley. So, it is really one of the first times I can think of where a parent shows such growth. 
    The romance is nice, although at times, I think it is coming close to stepping into areas that make me a little mad. (There is semi-cheating, dishonesty/secrets.) I know that Mark is a good guy and he will be great boyfriend, but I just think that he and Coley hid too many things from each other, and they were just comfortable together, it was accepted, but I don't think that they were really in love, and didn't have the chemistry that Coley for sure desired. There is another guy that comes into the picture, and their chemistry and eye flirting as well as him being semi-forbidden made my toes curl, but I also think it taught Coley a lot. 
     I like the direction and the emphasis on friendship, and second chances, as well as actually verbalizing problems instead of making big decisions and actions based on assumptions. Where they ended up and how things looked for the future really fit the book, and I was satisfied with the wrap up. But mostly I love the hope for the future, for new things, maybe even a sequel, hint hint Ms Carter. But even if I don't get more of their stories or romance, then I like where it ended. 
Bottom Line: Story of Colette discovering who she is as well as big emphasis on friendship and second chances.

My question to you, my lovely readers:
Have you ever majorly drifted from a childhood friend? Did the gap remain or ever reconcile? Or do you still have friends from childhood?
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  1. This one sounds pretty good. And character growth from a parent sounds very cool! I also love reading travelling books, although they make me ache to go on holiday.

    I drifted away from my elementary school best friend and I drifted away from my jr. high best friend, but actually reconnected with her a couple years ago and am going to her wedding this summer!

  2. Andrea @The Bookish BabeMay 29, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    I like stories dealing with friendships and second chances, too. This looks good. Thanks for the review!

  3. kirstymariejonesstudioreadsMay 29, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    I can't wait to read this, and I'm glad that though there is a religious aspect to it, it doesn't sound overkill and what I can guess, explains a lot about the characters actions. Especially when it's about the time you're finding yourself and other people, and opening yourself up to maybe something unconventional to your upbringing . I have a few friends from Juniors, that were still my friends through high school and that I'm still friendly with, though I don't see them often. But, my best friends actually someone I've never actually met, but I've known her for 9 years now and is pretty much the one person I know I can talk to about anything. :)

    Kirsty @ StudioReads

  4. This sounds like a wonderful story that revolves around friendship, and the ideal beach read. Great review!

  5. That is great you have someone you can trust and talk to...
    The religion didn't bother me especially when they realized that it should be more about love than judgement

  6. It is a little heavier than I would think for a fluffy beach read, but still summer

  7. The second chance aspect was really nice esp when things

  8. I think we all drift from our childhood friends as we grow up though these days with social media it is easier to stay in touch. I like the emphasis on friendships in this one and it sounds cute!

  9. I like books about friendship. I haven't seen my best friend in 10 years or so and haven't seen any of my closest high school friends in ages. I think that this sounds right up my alley!

  10. shootingstarsmagMay 29, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    Sounds like a nice book about friendship. I do have friends from childhood, but I'd say my closest friends are the ones from high school, so when I was a bit older.


  11. Sounds good, i like books about friendship

  12. Love that there is a huge emphasis on friendship! More books need that. Great review.

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

  13. This sounds like a great summer read. I like the second chances with friends.

  14. I know, that is what friendship is about, the give and take and loving and forgiving

  15. I know! It is just hard I guess because we all want killer romances too

  16. That is awesome with the reconnect!

  17. Really? I hardly talk to my firends from high school, but I moved. Are you in same town?

  18. That is like me, I moved and lost touch

  19. Yes, I found it is so common, but sad sometimes because of the closeness and intensity of childhood and adolescence.

  20. Great review! This certainly sounds like a great book on friendship. I have found that the truest friends are people who may not be able to constantly be at your side, but are always there when things get rough.

  21. shootingstarsmagMay 30, 2014 at 2:49 PM

    Yeah, I am. One day people will start to move I suppose, but high school wasn't terribly long ago for me at the moment.

  22. sounds like a cute summer read about friendship that has me curious but you are right, I don't think I would like the romance either

  23. I love books with a focus on friendships. There aren't enough of them out there! This sounds like a wonderful contemporary read. I've had childhood friends that drifted apart and also ones that I've reconnected with recently. I'm curious what'll happen between Sadie and Coley. Lovely review, Brandi!


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