Sunday, July 8, 2012

Review: What If by Kelly Rae

Synopsis:  One fateful night during high school Katie Wright loses everything: her father, the first man she ever loved, dies in a car accident and Chris Staller, the first boy she’s ever loved, breaks her heart. Fast-forward ten years and Katie is a beautiful, successful woman who has spent the past decade doing her best to make her life all about work, keeping everyone at arms length—friends and lovers alike. But she’s lonely and beginning to awaken to the fact that pretending to be happy and content doesn’t mean she actually is. Working through her emotional challenges while maintaining a stellar career reputation has been tricky, but she’s always determined to come out on top.

Paying a visit to her old high school, Katie runs into Chris, now a dedicated PE teacher who pines for the one he let get away: her. An upstanding member of the community and a much better man than he was a boy, Chris is determined to win Katie back at all cost. But Katie is less than receptive to the idea, and when he lays down a challenge, she is determined to come out on top again.

Review:  Katie and Chris were high school sweethearts.  They break up because of a cross between a tragedy and a misunderstanding.  Katie moves away - but moves back home 10 years later to advance her career.  When she gets back home she runs into Chris who is now a PE teacher.  The book is told in the third person - which is great because you get to know both Katie and Chris' thoughts. 

I thought that both Katie and Chris' characters were both very well developed.  I really liked Katie and could relate to her in many ways.  I didn't like Chris in the very beginning but as I learned more about him I began to like him better.  I really enjoyed this story about "the one that got away" and the chance to reunite 10 years later.

I will be looking for more by Kelly Rae in the future.

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