SOMEONE I USED TO KNOW - PAIGE TOON
Title: Someone I Used To Know
Author: Paige Toon
Published: June 2021
Genres: Contemporary Romance
So much can change in half a lifetime...
At fifteen, George is the foster brother Leah never asked for. As the angry, troubled boy struggles to come to terms with his circumstances, Leah finds herself getting drawn closer to him.
Theo’s wealthy family have mysteriously pulled him out of boarding school and he’s now enrolled at the local state school with Leah and George. When their worlds collide that summer, the three teenagers form a bond they believe will be unbreakable. But life doesn’t always go to plan...
Shocking news brings Leah back to Yorkshire, baby daughter in tow. But Emilie’s father Theo isn’t with them, and George has unexpectedly returned. After half a lifetime, have they healed the scars of their pasts? Will coming back home set their hearts in a different direction?
TAY'S REVIEW ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This was my first Paige Toon novel, and it won’t be my last. There was so much about the story of Leah, George and Theo that made my heart soar. It shone a light on the harsh realities of the foster care system and served as a reminder that family is governed by bonds, not blood. The narrative felt original and reminiscent of teenage love and enchantment. Toon was tender in her approach to developing characters who were both lovable and layered and nailed the subtle transitions between the two timelines to build anticipation, even throwing in an understated plot twist. There were moments I thought the dialogue was slightly too mature for 14 yo’s and I’m the type that likes my endings not so “perfect”, but at its core was an intoxicatingly wholesome story that has yet to abandon my head and my heart.
NICKY'S REVIEW ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I know there are some die hard @paigetoonauthor fans out there, and now I can see just how easily I could also become one! The story of Leah, George and Theo was an absolute pleasure to read, and I could feel the wholeheartedness of their creation and depiction exuding from each and every page. As we (literally) follow them as they grow up, I felt their life lessons and watching them prosper to be a highlight. Whilst it had a solid plot which did keep me engaged until the last page, it did lack that little bit more oomph I was craving as the story ended. Very few authors can portray and effectively master duel timelines, but Toon did so well, I could not have imagined consuming this story any other way. This one was so so so close to a 5 star for me, god dammit why am I such a tough critic?
Thank you to Penguin Australia for sending us an advanced review copy of this book.
You can find more information about the book and purchase a copy here.
OUR FAVOURITE QUOTE
"People used to say to me, “I don’t know how you do it. I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t say goodbye.” But you can and you do and it hurts and it never stops hurting. But it’s not meant to be easy. These kids need someone to care for them and hurt for them and never want to let them go. Someone has to. I had to. Your dad and I both did. It was our calling."
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