Not Yet by Laura Ward
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Release Date: July 2014.
Emma Harris is learning that life is just a series of lessons.
Lesson #1: Nothing goes the way you plan.
Lesson #2: You can’t trust men. Especially not the pretty ones.
Lesson #3: Turns out, appearances are almost always deceiving.
Emma thinks she has life all figured out, and what she knows isn’t good. For years, she’s put her big sister, who was born with Down syndrome, first. Now Emma’s ready to start her own life, but fate has other plans. To do the right thing for the sister she loves, Emma’s dreams will just have to wait.
She doesn’t plan on meeting Landon — a rich, flirtatious jock, who never has to wait for anything. Not for attention, not for money, and certainly not for girls. Meeting Emma marks the first time in his life that he’s had to fight for something. And Landon doesn’t know how to lose.
Emma has no interest in wasting her summer with a superficial guy like Landon. But very soon she realizes she is wrong about him. The question is, can she trust him? Or will he let her down like every other guy in her life? But most importantly, can Emma trust herself enough to live the life she’s always dreamed of?
Life has a way of sneaking in the most important lessons when you aren’t looking. And once the heart gets involved, that’s when the real learning begins.
*** This book is intended for mature audiences. 18 and over!
Book Review ~ ‘Not Yet’ by Laura Ward ~ 4.5 Stars!
What a gorgeously beautiful read! ‘Not Yet’ is yet another New Adult book that I would highly recommend you add to your ‘to-read’ list because what a read it is!
This book is a really beautifully crafted piece of work and I really admired the thought and feeling that went into this story. There are some books where the emotion just seeps off the page and this book was definitely one of them, you could feel the emotions of the characters, sympathise with their inner torment and really root for them as you see them develop into better people throughout the course of their journey, which is stunning to witness.
Emma was a fantastic heroine who I really liked getting to know throughout the book. The hard and judgmental girl we see at the beginning of the story is just a mask that I loved seeing her shed throughout her journey. The care and devotion she shows to her sister was just heart-warming and it was almost like I saw faith in humanity again after I was reminded of how many kind-hearted carers there are in this world who ask for nothing in return for their time and love.
Landon was a top book boyfriend for me. I really loved seeing his progression throughout the book. The relationship he develops with Emma, as well as her sister Evie was just so heartbreakingly beautiful that I felt myself tear up at times. To avoid spoilers I’m being purposely vague when I say, I adored how he remained strong and faithful throughout his and Emma’s trials, and never gave up hope or on their love.
I always love books that feel real to me, and ‘Not Yet’ brought in so many everyday elements, as well as issues in society that I really connected to the story. Having characters that had psychological and developmental illness was so unique in this kind of book and it really added something to the storyline and the characters, making me root for them more.
The only thing that keeps me from giving this book 5 stars is the pacing to start with. During the first thirty percent of the book I felt the summer storyline was getting a bit repetitive, and I was just waiting for something else to happen. When the twist finally happened I almost screamed with excitement because it was so out of the blue and finally got the story going. I feel that the twist could have come a lot sooner in the book and it would have had the same effect without the summer storyline dragging on a little too long.
Nevertheless this is a solid 4.5 Star read, with a definite recommendation from me. Heartfelt, beautiful and unique, this is one story not to be missed.
Review copy was kindly provided by the author through Xpresso Review Opportunities in exchange for an honest review.