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I don't even know where to start with this review. Katie and Joey's story made me giggle, cry (on multiple occasions), blush, and cheer. It was such a treat to go back to Plantain and see glimpses of the characters as teenagers (particularly Maven and Dornan). Katie's background was so unbelievably heartbreaking (and just when you think that it can't get worse, some how it does), yet her relationship with Joey is so sweet and soulful. I really loved that they fell in love as teenagers and stayed true to that. The depiction of life as the spouse of a deployed soldier seemed very realistic and was eye-opening in so many ways. I also really appreciated the way the author showed Katie's character growth and included some of the issues we feel as women once we become wives and mothers and sometimes lose ourselves in those titles. The whole story just resonated with and inspired me. It's truly one of those books that will stick with me far beyond reading/hearing the last word. 4.5 out of 5 wine glasses.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Joey. He was so caring and loyal. I loved his devotion to Katy
Have you listened to any of Elizabeth Tebb’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Yes and I feel like this is her best work yet! Although I think that may have more to do with the book itself being AMAZING
Any additional comments?
OMG I CAN NOT GET OVER THIS BOOK!!!!! WOW this book was just amazing. My absolute favorite so far in the Plantain Series.
The wallflower and the protector. Katy spends most of her days at the library, escaping her home life with her two horrible parents. The abuse that Katy went through was heartbreaking, and I have no clue how she had the strength to go on. One night her father drops her off at the library as usual but this time she sneaks off with her one and only friend to a house party. Her first one! This is where she meets Joey, instantly they connect and it was beautiful. I will leave it there because if I go any further we will enter spoiler town!
Seeing their relationship blossom over the years was just such a pleasure. I was so happy with the way Amelia wrote this book, it was perfect for them. Seeing them at the start as kids and then all the way up until they were adults was awesome! I felt like a parent watching my children grow. The struggles they had to go through at each stage of their lives and how they persevered it was all so heartbreaking but at the same time I was gripped. I could not stop listening to the story. Hearing this book on audible was a fantastic way to experience the lives of Joey and Katy. Elizabeth Tebb told the story so well and made me feel like I was in the story myself. I am dying to read the next book! So happy the kids are getting their own books too.