{Review+Giveaway} Emancipating Andie by Priscilla Glenn

May 20, 2013 Reviews 4 ★★★★★

Emancipating Andie by Priscilla Glenn
Pages: 278
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform on 2013
Genres: contemporary, Fiction, Romance
Source: ecopy from Author
five-stars

Ever since the one time Andie Weber threw caution to the wind - and paid the price for it - she's learned that it's safer and smarter to live life playing by the rules. Now she's got a great apartment, a steady job, and a wonderful boyfriend in Colin; he's sweet, stable, and essentially perfect – except maybe for the fact that his best friend is Chase.Chase McGuire lives his carefree, unstructured life strictly for himself. Dripping sarcasm and oozing wit, he refuses to censor his feelings or opinions for anyone, making no apologies for either and wearing his abrasiveness like a badge of honor. No one has ever gotten under Andie's skin the way Chase does – and vice versa.So when Andie and Chase find themselves forced to take a two-day road trip together, they are already dreading an inevitable all-out war. But as the trip progresses, and the undeniable friction that has always defined their relationship slowly begins to wear away their preconceived notions of each other, Andie and Chase discover they both have a lot to learn about life, courage, happiness, and the age-old battle between logic and love.

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Paperback, 280 pages

Published April 5th 2013 by Createspace

Age Group: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Source: ecopy from Author
Summary:

Ever since the one time Andie Weber threw caution to the wind – and paid the price for it – she’s learned that it’s safer and smarter to live life playing by the rules. Now she’s got a great apartment, a steady job, and a wonderful boyfriend in Colin; he’s sweet, stable, and essentially perfect – except maybe for the fact that his best friend is Chase.Chase McGuire lives his carefree, unstructured life strictly for himself. Dripping sarcasm and oozing wit, he refuses to censor his feelings or opinions for anyone, making no apologies for either and wearing his abrasiveness like a badge of honor. No one has ever gotten under Andie’s skin the way Chase does – and vice versa.So when Andie and Chase find themselves forced to take a two-day road trip together, they are already dreading an inevitable all-out war. But as the trip progresses, and the undeniable friction that has always defined their relationship slowly begins to wear away their preconceived notions of each other, Andie and Chase discover they both have a lot to learn about life, courage, happiness, and the age-old battle between logic and love.

Emancipating Andie completely blew me away. I am going to try and keep the gushing down to a minimum in this review, but there is no way around that statement. I totally and completely love love LOVE this book. It is my favorite book that I have read in a long time. Favorite of 2013 for sure. Priscilla Glenn just has such a way with words and with emotion. Her writing makes me feel something. I connected to Andie and Chase in a way that I haven’t connected with characters in a while. The book alternates between their two point of views, and you all know how much I enjoy that style.

Andie seems like she has her whole life figured out. But she is completely playing it safe. I get the appeal. I have done that a time or two myself. It is easy to just play it safe and she fell into that routine. And then along comes Chase and he just completely shakes things up for her. He gets under her skin and he can be a little bit of a jerk sometimes. Except that he isn’t really a jerk at all once she gets to know him. For the record, that is the only type of bad boy I like. I call it the pseudo-bad boy. Oh sure, he talks a big bad boy game and he can have some jerk tendencies but when you really look at him and get to know him he is just a big mushy teddy bear. Just like Chase.

I loved how passionate Chase is. About everything. He is really living his life each and every day. I think that was really attractive to Andie. Now when the book starts Andie has a boyfriend, and I really respected the way the author handled that. It is a tough situation and not one that a nice girl like Andie would ever expect herself to be in, but it sometimes happens and Colin just never seemed right for her. He was a nice enough guy, but he just seemed so uninspired by things that Andie loved. And that was my main problem with him. Sure, he was a little boring, but I would have been able to get past that. But he never supported Andie as a writer and that really irked me. Chase on the other hand, seemed to get to know Andie better in the 2 day car trip they shared than Colin did in the 2 years or so they were together. But Priscilla didn’t go for the cheap cheating shot, which I really appreciated. Things between Andie and Chase were innocent enough for the most part even though you could totally tell that they liked each other.

Emancipating Andie was profound, emotional, perceptive and just an overall amazing book. I caught myself re-reading parts just because I loved them so much, and I caught myself smiling like crazy at more than one instance while reading. This is just one of those books where you pick it up and from page one to the last page you are just in love. I feel like this book was written just for me. And when an author makes a book speak to you like this it becomes personal and special. Priscilla Glenn has that gift. I would recommend Emancipating Andie to anyone and everyone. Seriously, just do yourself a favor and read this book.

5/5 Gavels
 


Priscilla Glenn lives in New York with her husband and three children. She has been teaching English Language Arts at the middle and high school levels for the past eleven years while moonlighting as a writer, mommy, coach, student, and professional laundry-doer.
If you catch her when she’s feeling sophisticated, she’ll tell you her favorite things are great books and good wine. In the moments in between, she’ll admit her love for anything Ben and Jerry’s, UFC fights, and Robert Pattinson.
Emancipating Andie is Glenn’s second novel. She is also the author of the contemporary romance/young adult crossover, Back to You.
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4 Responses to “{Review+Giveaway} Emancipating Andie by Priscilla Glenn”

  1. Christine

    I’ve thought this book sounded amazing since I first heard about it, but I was still reluctant to pick it up because so many NA books have fallen short for me. Seeing your 5-star review, though, I’m definitely going to give it a read 😀

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