Book Review: Those Were The Days

from Goodreads.com:

Don't fall in love in high school.
Don't fall in love with your best friend.
Don't fall in love. At all.
When Claudia Lake's sister Wendy moves back home, everything changes. The boy next door wants to be more than just friends. Her best friend nurses a broken heart with revenge. When it comes to love, Claudia has learned that it's better to be safe than sorry... or has she?
Those Were the Days is a prequel to Jenny Bravo's debut novel, These Are the Moments, that explores what it means to be in love in high school, the excitement and fear of a first love, and how to survive broken hearts.


Those Were The Days is a short story prequel to These Are The Moments by Jenny Bravo. I loved These Are The Moments because it detailed the realistic relationship between Wendy and Simon, as well as portrayed a realistic transition from college to post-college life. The situation just felt very familiar to me and while I didn't necessarily relate to the characters (because friends, Wendy and Simon are a troubled couple from the start) I enjoyed reading about their lives and their interactions with each other.

While TATM focused mainly on Wendy, Those Were The Days focuses on her younger sister Claudia, who I LOVE! She's so cute and I love how in this prequel, you get to learn about her friendship with Casey and the way their relationship slowly progresses.
The dynamic between Claudia and Wendy is so different in the two books, so that was interesting to me as well. It's funny how time can change things.


Would I recommend both of these books? Yes! Which one should you read first? I don't know. But I read TATM first and TWTD second and that seems like a good way to go.


Take care,
Marian

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