Release Date: December 8th 2014 by Entangled Publishing
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Sometimes it takes letting go of the past to find out who you want to be.
During his semester abroad, Griffin Reed almost gave his heart to a girl who loved someone else. Lesson learned. Now he’s home, where following in his father’s footsteps may not be what he wants, but it’s what his parents expect. It might be taking the easy road, but he doesn’t see a way out.
Something that could have killed Maggie Kendall took away the person she used to be instead. Her condition makes her dependent on sticky notes, photos, and medication just to get through each day. The last thing she needs is a distraction—or someone new to disappoint.
What they refuse to see is they are perfect for each other. Maggie makes Griffin want to be a better man, and he makes her believe a future is possible. But these two have to find a way to share the secrets ripping them apart, if they’re ever going to have a chance at happiness.
A.J. Pine is the Stephanie Perkins of New Adult. She writes with a careful grace and captures every fleeting emotion just as Perkins does in YA. And it’s no wonder that I’ve fallen in love again with her words.
If you’re not in the know, What If is the companion novel to her debut – which was released earlier this year – If Only (you can read my review here). The story takes place two years after the events in her previous novel.
Since I can’t properly formulate my thoughts, I’ll just list down the good and the bad of What If.
What I Liked.
- First of all, the atmosphere that Pine conjured up. You know like in the movies when two strangers meet and there’s like this instant connection? There’s this scent of promise and innocence in the air? I know it sounds cheesy and all, but that’s what I felt and loved about What If.
- Griffin Reed and Maggie Kendall. *sighs* All the feels, you guys. They were such interesting characters to read about, and I loved the little details Pine added; Maggie with her impulse to take photographs of a moment or Griffin with his secret chef skills.
- Of course, the romance. It was sooooo captivating as it was heartbreaking.
What I Didn’t Like.
There’s nothing really bad I can say about this novel, and if there’s any it’s probably something small. But I do want to hear more about Miles! He was another interesting character that you should look forward to. (I hope you’re reading between the lines, A.J. ha)
About the Author.
AJ Pine writes stories to break readers’ hearts, but don’t worry—she’ll mend them with a happily ever after. As an English teacher and a librarian, AJ has always surrounded herself with books. All her favorites have one big commonality–romance. Naturally, her books have the same. When she’s not writing, she’s of course reading. Then there’s online shopping (everything from groceries to shoes) and, of course, a tiny bit of TV where she nourishes her undying love of vampires, from Eric Northman to the Salvatore brothers. And in the midst of all of this, you’ll also find her hanging with her family in the Chicago burbs.
AJ’s debut New Adult novel, IF ONLY, is out now with Entangled’s Embrace line. The companion novel, WHAT IF, releases December 8th. Next year look for her new duo of New Adult books, ONE NIGHT and ONE LIFE with Penguin/Intermix.