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Book Review: These are the Moments

from Goodreads.com:
You can't go back. You can't go back. You can't go back. 
Wendy Lake... Big dreams. Small bank account. Back home from college, she's the girl with the day job, the girl whose mom still packs her lunches, the girl with the memories she can't shake.  Simon Guidry ... The boy who holds her past in his pocket. And maybe her heart, too.
This is the story on-again, off-again Wendy and Simon, told in the now and then of their relationship. As the couple is thrown back into each other's lives through their friends' wedding, These Are the Moments dares to ask the questions: 
Do people ever really change? Do two people, who can never make it work, actually make it right? And most importantly, do they even want to

I've been wanting to read These Are The Moments by Jenny Bravo for quite some time now.  I purchased it a few months ago when I started reading Jenny's writing blog, where she has posts all about the act of self publishing and her own journey to publishing her books.

I think part of why I liked These Are The Moments so much is because I related to Wendy a lot. No, I've never been in a tumultuous relationship like Wendy and Simon, but I've been in her shoes.  I've been the post-grad who gets the job that they kind of sort of like and lives at home with her parents until she figures things out.

Some of the things that Wendy experiences are just so damn relatable. Like when Reese is encouraging her to go talk to a guy at the bar and she does it, and then she finds out that he's married. "Are wedding rings something we have to start checking for?"  She wonders.

I like the Now and Then way of storytelling that Jenny uses to tell the story, but to also fill us in on Simon and Wendy's past.  I felt like this was a really effective way to tell the story, up until they reached current day.

Simon and Wendy.  Wendy and Simon.  Oh, those two.  I'll be honest, I was never really rooting for them, even though I did appreciate their cute moments that they seem to have every few chapters.  I'm a sucker for love.  But I also know that Wendy and Simon just didn't really click.

It reminds me of when Lily yells at Barney and Robin in How I Met Your Mother.  "Geeze Louise, people.  Happiness is not that hard!" Haha.

I recommend this book to people who like expressive love/friendship stories with funny and awesome characters.  Reading about Wendy's group of friends was really entertaining and I can't wait to read the other books in this series as well!

Take care,
Marian

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