Emotional and Beautifully Written | Review: Every Other Weekend by Abigail Johnson

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Every Other Weekend packs a serious punch and brings on ALL THE FEELINGS. Bring on the tissues.

by Abigail Johnson

Can life begin again…every other weekend?

Adam Moynihan’s life used to be awesome. Straight As, close friends and a home life so perfect that it could have been a TV show straight out of the 50s. Then his oldest brother died. Now his fun-loving mom cries constantly, he and his remaining brother can’t talk without fighting, and the father he always admired proved himself a coward by moving out when they needed him most.

Jolene Timber’s life is nothing like the movies she loves—not the happy ones anyway. As an aspiring director, she should know, because she’s been reimagining her life as a film ever since she was a kid. With her divorced parents at each other’s throats and using her as a pawn, no amount of mental reediting will give her the love she’s starving for.

Forced to spend every other weekend in the same apartment building, the boy who thinks forgiveness makes him weak and the girl who thinks love is for fools begin an unlikely friendship. The weekends he dreaded and she endured soon become the best part of their lives. But when one’s life begins to mend while the other’s spirals out of control, they realize that falling in love while surrounded by its demise means nothing is ever guaranteed.

Every Other Weekend by Abigail Johnson 
Rating: ★★★★☆

As always, a copy of this book was provided by the authors in exchange for my honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way.

Sometimes I am fortunate enough to pick up a YA novel and it feels like the very sort of book I'd flock towards as a teenager. In those moments, it is like I'm rediscovering what makes me love reading. When this happens, it is because the story is full of heart and soul. It is a story that makes you soar high above the clouds but also just as easily leaves an ache of emotion. I felt this way immediately with Every Other Weekend.

This novel was stunning and painful. What else can be said about Every Other Weekend beyond this? If you want a shortened review it's this: I cried a lot during this novel and it was totally worth it.

At its core, this novel packed a serious punch and Abigail Johnson holds back absolutely nothing. It is written somehow both smoothly and bluntly; easily navigating the tricky waters of angst and heartbreak. Every Other Weekend is definitely the sort of novel you'll want tissues on hand for. Johnson coaxed more than a few emotions from me by hand of her poignant prose and there's really no escaping that.

Readers will feel straightaway that they are in Every Other Weekend for the long haul. It is a novel they won't soon forget. Jolene and Adam are destined to join realistic fictional characters that make long-lasting memories on their readers. Because of its emotional turmoil and the ride we're taken on for the duration of Every Other Weekend it goes without saying that this won't be for everyone.

But for many, this book will be everything. And utterly unforgettable.

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