Something in the Way
Release Date: February 27, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
It was a hot summer day when I met him on the construction site next to my parents’ house. Under the sweat and dirt, Manning Sutter was as handsome as the sun was bright. He was older, darker, experienced. I wore a smiley-face t-shirt and had never even been kissed. Yet we saw something in each other that would link us in ways that couldn’t be broken...no matter how hard we tried.
I loved Manning before I knew the meaning of the word. I was too young, he said. I would wait. Through all the carefully-chosen words hiding what we knew to be true, through his struggle to keep me innocent, and through infinitely-starry nights—I would wait. But I’d learn that life isn’t always fair. That no matter how much you achieve, none of it matters if you suffer the heartbreak that comes with falling for someone you can never have. Because even though I saw Manning first, that didn’t matter. My older sister saw him next.
~ Sisterhood Reviews ~
Review by Anne Milne
I love Jesscia's previous books and I always try to be honest in my reviews but it just didn't work for me I just didn't connect with the characters or the story, it's a slow build waiting for something to happen that boom moment and it didn't happen for me.
This is the story of 16 year old Lake, her sister Tiffany who's 19 and the love interest Manning who is 23. Lake is an is impressionable girl who's the goody two shoes to her older rebellious sister, Lake I liked Tiffany not so much even when I realised that all she's looking for is someone to love and accept her as she is but she really isn't very nice. Manning is a good guy trying to turn his life around
but he always seems to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Lake is dazzled by Manning is it a crush or is he her one?
Tiffany starts dating him to annoy her dad or does she feel more?
Manning is a good guy trying to do the right thing, does he really like Tiffany or is he fooling himself about his feelings for Lake?
Hopefully these will be answered in the next book.
reviewed for Sweet Spot Sisterhood
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Review by Sam Lewis
I want to preface this review by saying that I love Jessica Hawkins. She happens to be a favorite of mine and this is why writing this review is hard, but honest. Something in the Way is a YA/NA book. It is about Lake, a 16 year old, her 19 year old sister Tiffany and Manning, a 23 year old working construction next door. Tiffany wants to date Manning to piss her dad off and Lake finds him intriguing and crushes on him. This book takes place over a few weeks towards the end of summer in the mid 1990's. The final week being at camp where all three are working. A misfortune of events happen and even the truth can't set them free.
I like the idea of the story, but it just fell flat. The book seemed to drag on and on and took forever to get to the point. This is just the first book in the Something in the Way series. I am not sure if the next book will continue this story or another similar story, but it is due out in May 2017.
Reviewed for Sweet Spot Sisterhood
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Review by Becky Rendon
So here's the thing- This is book one of three. It gives you the beginning of a story. It leads you on a path. An awkward, questionable, and twisty stomach filled with doubt kind of path. Just when you are about to get to a destination, you are ripped off course by a tornado.
So the question: did I like the book?
The answer: I don't know.
Manning has some behavior that leaves me with unease. Tiffany makes me want to beat her head in. Lake, poor Lake, has no idea that 16 is very far from adult.
Three little especially woven together by the odd circumstance of a temporary job. Manning's construction job puts him adjacent to the two very different girls. Both peak his interest but for different reasons.
I thought this couldn't get any more universally f-ed up but believe me IT DOES. Manning is just a poor kid from the wrong side of the tracks. It seems everyone wants to keep him there.
So did I like it? I still am not sure. I don't like what happened but life happens...so...
Do I like the awkwardness? No but I understand it.
Do I understand his reasoning? Yes but it still makes me uncomfortable and that was probably the point.
When I read the blurb, I was wary. I wasn't even sure I could like it. I think I do but that will all depend on the rest of the trilogy.
reviewed for Sweet Spot Sisterhood
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About the Author
Jessica Hawkins grew up between the purple mountains and under the endless sun of Palm Springs, California. She studied international business at Arizona State University and has also lived in Costa Rica and New York City. To her, the most intriguing fiction is forbidden, and that's what you'll find in her stories. Currently, she resides wherever her head lands, which is often the unexpected (but warm) keyboard of her trusty MacBook.
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