Hi Everyone! It’s Becky. I recently found the book It Was Always You by Judy Corry on Overdrive. The book sounded super cute, but it didn’t quite live up to what the description promised.
Title: It Was Always You
Author: Judy Corry
Note: I listened to the audiobook.
Summary: Sixteen-year-old Lexi has a crush on her classmate, Harrison, but he has never noticed her. In a moment of desperation, Lexie embarrasses herself to try to get Harrison to notice her and is saved by her brother’s best friend, Noah. Noah is avoiding a former fling who wants more, and he sees Lexi as the perfect opportunity to pretend to be unavailable. However, things get complicated after Noah’s stepfather kicks him out, and he doesn’t have anywhere to go, and he finds himself secretly living in Lexi’s walk-in closet. Can these two keep their relationship fake where they are living in close proximity?
Review: Anyone who knows me knows that I love fake date books. I don’t know why, but that is the trope that I just can’t say no to, and I am always willing to try a book that has even a hint of fake dating. I happily started the audiobook of Corry’s YA fake date book, and in some ways, it was a fun and flirty book. Lexi is an average type of YA female lead, and Noah is the prototype of the athletic and beautiful crush. Their interactions were well-timed and cute, if not a little obvious and predictable. However, there were parts of this book that made me cringe a little bit. The entire storyline about Noah’s abusive stepfather and Noah having to sleep in his car felt like the author took an important issue and boiled it down to the simplest terms. It felt a little icky to take a serious problem and making it like a secondary storyline on a sitcom. Also, the way their parents acted and spoke was unbelievable. Every adult came across as if they were the most ridiculous stereotypes. There were parts of this book that were entertaining, and the story had its cute moment, but in the world of YA It Was Alway You feels like the understudy to a great novel.
Final Rating: 3 out of 5