Title: When We Were
Author: Alexandra Diaz
Synopsis: No one messes with Whitney Blaire or her friends, which is why she can’t help but let it slip that someone spotted Tara’s boyfriend making out with one of the guy cheerleaders.
Even after spending hours training for her marathon, down-to-earth Tara can’t outrun the rumors about the boyfriend she thought was perfect.
Pinkie, the rock and “Big Sister” of their inseparable group, just wants things to stay exactly the way they are…
…but that’s not possible when new-girl Riley arrives in school and changes everything.
Suddenly Tara starts to feel things she’s never felt before—for anyone—while Whitney Blaire tries to convince her that this new girl is Trouble. Meanwhile, Pinkie’s world begins to crumble as she begins to suspect that the friends she depends on are not the girls she thought she knew. Can friendship survive when all the rules are broken?
Rating: 3 stars
Review: This is my first e-ARC from my ARC August goal for this week, and I received it from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Before reading this, I didn’t really have any expectations of it, except hoping that the couple of Riley and Tara would be written well. When I read it, I became of mixed feelings about this book.
It’s all got a very Gossip Girl feeling to it – the clique of best friends who could quite easily stab each other in the back with the same ease that they could gossip about boys and do each other’s hair. Whitney Blaire in particular ( who insists on being called by her full name, as if that makes her more of a queen bee) is the Blair Waldorf of the group, Tara is the gentler Serena Van Der Woodsen, and Pinkie would be the mother hen of the group, the Jenny of the group.
It’s bitchy, and catty, but I did enjoy reading it. So much that I finished it within twelve hours of starting – including eight hours or so of sleep. I especially liked Riley, and how she developed her relationship with Tara slowly but surely.
However, this book is not without it’s faults. I found the alternating POVs to be off-putting. Three POVs just ended up being too much – especially Pinkie’s point of view, which I just found to be pointless. Her storyline just didn’t forward the plot any, and I thought she was very close-minded about same-sex relationships, ergo I did not like her.
It’s a good read for occupying your time on a commute, or any other long journey, and I can’t wait til it officially comes out on Sept 29 so I can buy the actual physical copy for my shelf because the cover? GORGEOUS.