Rikki by Abigail Strom
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I received this free eARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
So many good feelings from this novel! I didn't think I would enjoy it as much as I did, but I'm so glad I got an eARC for the chance to read it!
I've never read a novel by Abigail Strom, but she may be on my "to look for" list after reading this novel. Strom got the whole freshman year in college down to a science and it was like I was living freshman year all over again (though I wasn't nearly as socially active as Rikki).
I also loved that Rikki had two moms and that there was trouble in paradise with them. This is a very realistic novel that I can see a ton of readers being able to relate to on so many different levels.
Rikki and Sam's relationship was so awkward and went from one extreme to another. The only reason I didn't give this 5 stars is because I really just wanted them to spit out their feels at 50% of the novel and go from there, but it was strung out and felt like it took forever for them to admit how they felt. I mean, there comes a point in time where you just need to say what you need to say, no matter the consequences, right? Well, that's how I operate and it seems to work for the most part. But these two drove me crazy with their stupid dance around each other that I was about to start screaming.
The situation with Sam was a bit heartbreaking and I completely understand why Rikki needed to step away for a little bit. Even though he technically didn't do anything wrong, but it's still a bit upsetting for a girl to have this thought process going on for so long only to have it be ripped away unexpectedly and throw her off course. Especially since it was Rikki and she is all about control. I think we could be great friends if I ever met her in real life...
So, so glad I got to read this. Will definitely tell my friends about it and be on the lookout for more by Strom!
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