Remember: One small act of kindness can change a person’s life.
Your gut will never steer you wrong.
And it’s the people around you, those who would do anything for you,
who make your true family.
― Because I Love You, Tori Rigby
Summary from Goodreads:
Eight weeks after sixteen-year-old Andie Hamilton gives her virginity to her best friend, “the stick” says she’s pregnant.
Her friends treat her like she’s carrying the plague, her classmates torture and ridicule her, and the boy she thought loved her doesn’t even care. Afraid to experience the next seven months alone, she turns to her ex-boyfriend, Neil Donaghue, a dark-haired, blue-eyed player. With him, she finds comfort and the support she desperately needs to make the hardest decision of her life: whether or not to keep the baby.
Then a tragic accident leads Andie to discover Neil’s keeping a secret that could dramatically alter their lives, and she’s forced to make a choice. But after hearing her son’s heartbeat for the first time, she doesn’t know how she’ll ever be able to let go.
I found this book over at Netgalley and the summary got me very interested, Andie’s life had gone into an emotional roller-coaster ride ever since she discovered that she was pregnant with her best friend’s child. I was curious on how the lead character would handle such traumatic incident, but oh boy being pregnant was just the tip of the iceberg.
Andie is not your typical girl, as a student, she already knows what she wants. She has a good record at school, co-captain in cheering and she dreams of being a doctor someday. I admire her for being strong, and her values are totally in check. One mistake with her best friend got her into this serious mess.
I love how the story emphasizes the value of family, bonded by blood or not. I really don’t think Andie could have strength like that without her mom guiding her all the way.
Well, you’re obviously grounded until further notice. But I think being pregnant at sixteen is punishment enough without me screaming at you.
And right now, I think you need your mommy more than ever. Am I right?
I kinda miss my mom already… I really liked how close they were, and how her mom handles things just to protect her daughter.
Talking about friends who are not really your friends to the Nth power! I think this story covers it. I just want to punch Heather in the face! I mean, how can she stick to Andie for “years” if she hated her… and just of a guy? I mean, how can you ruin friendship just for a guy? And I don’t want to get started with Carter… cause he doesn’t have balls!
Niel, on the other hand, has a photographic mind that he doesn’t even need to study, he is good looking, very responsible, a good son, he is musically inclined with a very good singing voice and plays the guitar, and he is madly in love with Andie.
I don’t care if you’re pregnant. Blood isn’t what makes a family.
Who doesn’t want someone like that in their life?!! An absolutely perfect book boyfriend… meaning, not real!
Because I love you by Tori Rigby is must read. There’s value here and so many lessons to learn. Through this book, I was reminded that letting go of someone you love so dear, isn’t really goodbye or the end. In fact, it’s a new beginning.
I gave this book 4 stars not because I didn’t enjoy it that much, I did, but I think those series of events that Andie has to face seems a little bit of an overkill but aside from that, I really loved this one… SOOO MUCH!
This is a book you can devour in one sitting and find yourself very contented in the end.
Book Review: Because I Love You
May 17, 2016 | Blaze Publishing, LLC
Teen & Young Adult, Drama, Contemporary, Romance
Received ARC from Netgalley
My Rating: 4 Stars
Plot: Medium Paced
Page Turner: YES!
Recommended: A must read!
Tori Rigby is a YA author of Contemporary and Historical Romances. She longs to live in the Scottish Highlands, and her favorite time and place in history is Medieval England—so much that she’d give up her Internet and running water to go back in time! Tori also writes YA genre fiction as Vicki Leigh.
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