Yours Truly, Taddy by Avery Aster
(The Undergrad Years #2; Invitation to Eden)
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Humour
Jetting to Martinique for a modeling assignment with three of Europe’s hottest magazine photographers—Gustave, Fabian, and Leon—should’ve been easy, breezy beautiful. Never did I expect to look up and see a hole in the ceiling of our plane that was bigger in size than my Birkin bag.
Shit! We’re nose-diving toward Eden Island. I pictured how my New York Times obituary might read when I’m gone, “Taddy Brill, Manhattanite, dethroned descendant of the Austrian House of Brillford royalty, dies at age eighteen, penniless, unloved, and a virgin.” I swear this crap only happens to me. Suddenly, Leon pulls me with Fabian and Gustave. Adrenaline racing through me, our bodies clung as one. We prepared to…crash.
Reader warning: Contains mature content intended for readers 17 and up.
The Undergrad Years is a New Adult contemporary miniseries about first loves, independence, and everlasting friendships.
Book Review ~ ‘Yours Truly, Taddy’ by Avery Aster ~ 5 Stars!
Yet again Avery Aster’s witty prose and brilliant characters have left me laughing till my sides hurt and eagerly awaiting the next instalment in the ‘Undergrad years’ series.
Taddy’s story was one that really struck with me. As much as I loved Lex in the previous book, with Taddy we could see first-hand how badly affected she was by her parent’s abandonment as a teenager. I loved how strongly independent she was, and it made for a great story to see how she had to come to trust a stranger with her life, and how when in a life or death situation she thought back to the happier times with her parents, showing how much she missed the relationship they used to have. It also made it clearer why the Undergrads were as close as they were, having bonded through desperation to be accepted, which then grew into the most powerful of friendships.
Avery Aster had me in stitches through this story. The hilarious descriptions of the French magazine photographers, and Taddy’s internal monologue as her life flashes before her eyes was just brilliant. I also really loved the twist that came in this book. It was great to see how Taddy felt about each of the three photographers, and how in the heat of the moment, and in desperation for their lives, views on what they want change completely. (I am being purposely vague here, as it was a great twist to read and I don’t want to spoil it!) I also loved delving into the closeness that the group of friends had, and how without each other, they feel as though they have nothing to fight or live for. Whilst written in brilliant witty prose, and hilarious banter, there is a emotional and meaningful story entwined throughout that is really beautiful to read.
This was also a great part of the ‘Invitation to Eden’ series, and it was great to see a snippet of how the Island of Eden had grown since the prologue ‘Master of the Island’ by Lauren Hawkeye. I will definitely be reading more of the Eden series.
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*Review Copy was kindly provided by the author through Xpresso Book Tours Review Opportunities, in exchange for an honest review*