Thursday, February 23, 2017

E-Reading G838 Book Review of Let's Try This Again by Jordyn Woodtke

Name of Book: Let's Try This Again

Author: Jordyn Woodtke

ISBN/ASIN: B01JOFTF6Q

Publisher: 3 Dreams Creative Enterprises, LLC

Type of book: New Adult, moving, California, love triangle, bad boy vs good boy, fame, writing, emotions, friends with benefits, not letting go, not maturing, escaping

Year it was published: 2016

Summary:

One girl.  Two guys.  It's complicated.

First there is Isaac, the ex-boyfriend who threatens her move to a sunny new life on the west coast when he suddenly comes back into the picture.  The chemistry is intoxicating and Josie starts eating, breathing, and sleeping with him again until the move.  Things are hard enough saying goodbye to her childhood home and very best friends, but when Isaac makes it seem like he might actually want her to stay, Josie wonders if she’s giving up on him too quickly.

Josie takes the plunge and moves to California.

Then comes Carter. Sweet, doting - and, oh my god! - former boy band heartthrob, Carter. Josie’s new life falls into place, with new friends and a job working as the personal assistant for Carter as he plans the re-launch of his career. When it seems like there might be something between Josie and her new boss, she can’t help but hold back in fear of crossing a line and, worse yet, getting her heart crushed.  Once again.

What spirals into a complicated, heart wrenching, unexpected love triangle forces Josie to face a decision that she is not sure she can make.  Carter or Isaac.  Or - who knows?

It’s Sex in the City meets Bridget Jones Diary under the Hollywood sign.  A masterful debut novel of love, sex and rock & roll in the New Adult genre.

Characters:

Main characters include Josie who was in a long term relationship with Isaac. Josie is stuck on Isaac and seems to be afraid of letting him go. Isaac is Josie's boyfriend as well as a good lover (according to Josie) and he is best described as fickle and someone who has commitment issues and isn't hesitant on acting out on them. There are also Josie's friends, one who is sardonic when it comes to men and relationships and another who seems to care very much for Josie. There is also Carter, a former boy band member, and Josie's boyfriend/crush. Carter is opposite of Isaac and is determined to get what he desires. (If there were teams, I was team Carter)

Theme:

I'm really struggling to articulate what I learned from the story without spoiling the story, but the closest thing I can say is: 'to thine own self be true'

Plot:

The story is written in first person narrative from Josie's point of view. I admit that I had issues with writing style because for me it read as if Josie is a teenager instead of an adult, and also suspension of belief is required for the reader towards how Josie's life in California progressed. However, it is not all butterflies nor sunshine nor flowers and despite the surface area, the story does become deeper and meaningful.

Author Information:
(From iRead Book Tours)


About the Author:

Jordyn Woodtke is an exceedingly gifted new author who is destined to take the New Adult genre by storm with her debut novel entitled Let's Try This Again.

A graduate of NYU, she majored in screenwriting with a minor in bottomless brunching, skills she took with her when she moved to Los Angeles to follow her dream of becoming a writer. Jordyn started writing poetry and plays in high school, garnering prestigious awards and accolades from the Hartford Stage, Drexel University, the Waterbury Young Playwrights Festival and the national Scholastic Art & Writing awards, among others.

Now, on any given afternoon you are likely to find Jordyn petting random dogs on her street, noshing at any of the numerous brunch spots in LA, or bingeing Netflix on her couch. She's grateful and dedicated to the art of storytelling because it lets her say all the things she wished she'd said when she had the chance.

And if Let’s Try This Again is any indicator of future success, Jordyn will get to keep saying them for a long, long time.  

Connect With the Author:
Book Insider Hangout ~  Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Instagram

Opinion:

This is really a diamond in the rough type book, at least for me. While I didn't find the story funny or hilarious, I did find it true to life, and much to mine surprise, it addressed an issue that I had with myself, especially as it relates to men; the story poses a question for the reader, and that question is: what is more important when it comes to relationship? Passion or safety? The answer will surprise the reader. Also, underneath the writing style, there are a lot of nuggets of emotions that I have experienced when it comes to relationships and that I was surprised that the author got the correct descriptions of them.

Buy the Book:  

Amazon  ~  Barnes & Noble  ~  Kobo Books  ~  iTunes

This is for iRead Book Tour

BOOK TOUR SCHEDULE:

Feb 13 - Bookaholic Banter - review / guest post / giveaway
Feb 13 - Books, Dreams, Life - book spotlight / author interview
Feb 14 - Working Mommy Journal - review / giveaway
Feb 14 - Rainy Day Reviews - review
Feb 14  - The Silver Dagger Scriptorium - book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 15 - 100 Pages A Day - review / guest post / giveaway
Feb 16 - To Be Read - review
Feb 16 - Seaside Book Nook - review / giveaway
Feb 17 - Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers - review
Feb 17 - The Writing Garnet - review / giveaway
Feb 20 - Haddie's Haven - review / guest post / giveaway
Feb 21 - Cheryl's Book Nook - review / author interview / giveaway
Feb 22 - The World As I See It - review / giveaway
Feb 22 - Book Lover in Florida - book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 23 - Olio by Marilyn - review / author interview
Feb 24 - Svetlana's Reads and Views - review
Feb 28 - Book and Ink - review / giveaway
TBD     - 
The Phantom Paragrapher - review

4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

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