Since Forever Ago by Olivia Besse
Genre: New Adult
You know how you go to the county fair, and you get to eat those deep fried cookie dough or candy bars? They are gooey and delicious and nutritionally negligent but still something you look forward to every year? This book is the food equivalent to deep friend candy bars.
Since Forever Ago is the story of Riley, a 20-something college senior who discovers her high school sweetheart is cheating on her. And not just a little bit. He is using an app to meet and score with lots of girls. Needless to say, she is crushed. In her grief, she turns to her best friend, Max, for help. Max has been in love with Riley for years, but has never told her. He now sees his chance. He tells her that guys love girls who burp, and drink them under the table and wear sweatpants on dates. His plan is to ruin her view of men by setting her up to fail, then be there to swoop in and make her fall in love with him. And, for some crazy reason, she listens to him. Now, this is a bit unbelievable, but I cut the author some slack because Riley is usually drunk or hungover while self-medicating with alcohol and is still freshly wounded from having her heart diced into itty bitty pieces.
Riley’s roommates and best girlfriends also rally around her, eventually helping her to see that her plan has its flaws.
Will she see how Max feels about her? Will she feel the same way?
This story is very likable with many LOL moments that really did make me laugh out loud. It’s predictable, but I didn’t care at all. The good guys are likable and the cheaters are wrong in all the right ways. Lots of humor, great dialogue. The author also tells the story from both Riley and Max’s POV which I am a fan of. Something unique to this book, or at least to the degree it is used and the success of its usage, is the inner monologue of our lead characters. These moments ring true and really add to the depth of our knowledge about the characters.
Overall, a quick read that is fun and lighthearted with a great ending. Well worth the time and calorie-free.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.