How are you guys doing? As for me, I guess I’m always busy at work and things at home to the point that I couldn’t afford to update my blog.
Anyway, I am featuring today Wrong in All the Right Ways by Tiffany Brownlee. It kicked off on July 17, 2018 and I am very excited to share my review with you all.
I was personally asked by the author to read and review her book around March. And I did not hesitate after reading its synopsis. It is very interesting because it is Wuthering Heights retelling. Her publicist provided me an advanced digital copy of the book thru NetGalley. (Note: This does not affect my opinion on the book).
By the way, I am hosting a bookstagram giveaway and if you’d like to enter, click here.
Title: Wrong in All the Right Ways
Author: Tiffany Brownlee
Format: Digital ARC
Published: July 17, 2018 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Reading Period: June 25-30, 2018
Sixteen-year-old Emma has always carefully plannerd out every aspect of her life, but no amount of planning could prepare her to fall for the one person who’s off-limits to her: Dylan, her new foster brother.
They soon get enveloped in a passionate, secretive romance that could spell trouble for Dylan as he tries to get adopted into Emma’s loving family. In this YA retelling of Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, Emma and Dylan must decide what they want more: an all-consuming first love with each other or for Dylan to be adopted by Emma’s family, because they can’t have both.
Tiffany Brownlee was born in San Diego, California, and, as with many authors, her love for reading and writing began at an early age. Because her father was in the Navy, she and her family moved around far more often than she would have liked (she went to five elementary schools–not kidding!), but despite the many moves, her love of education, books, and writing remained.
Her family’s final move brought her to New Orleans, Louisiana, where she went on to study for and earn her B.S. in Psychology at Xavier University of Louisiana. Immediately after graduation, she began work as a Teacher’s Assistant while also pursuing a teaching certification from The University of Holy Cross. Juggling both school and work as a full-time teacher’s assistant was a little hectic for her, but she still managed to squeeze in some time to read and work on a YA novel idea that she’d thought up while rereading Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights (one of Brownlee’s favorite classics). That idea eventually became Wrong in All the Right Ways, her debut novel, which is set for publication July 17, 2018.
Tiffany Brownlee currently works as a middle school English teacher in New Orleans.
Emma is intelligent, competitive and talented. She’s on top of her class and at senior high though she’s only 16. Emma dislikes the idea of having a foster brother or sister because she knows she’ll be jealous and she’ll lose her parents attention. Further, her biological brother Matt is excited to have another sibling. And they met, Dylan, Emma and Matt’s foster-brother and around Emma’s age. Dylan has a very tragic story that led him to live in foster care. He use art to express himself and to let go some of his feelings. Also, he goes to school with Emma and had become classmates in one subject. And an intimacy developed between Emma and Dylan. But there are things that hinders their relationship.
It is exciting to read stories about secret forbidden relationships because you keep on guessing how it will turn when someone find it out in the end. There are some parts where my stomach drops because of the effect of those scene to me. At some point, I kind of disappointed at Emma because of how she use Keegan and how she became confuse with her feelings between Dylan and Keegan. When Keegan was introduced in this book, I know he has important role and I can’t help but root for him. I kind of wish that Emma decides to keep Keegan because Dylan is sometimes annoying, irrational and over sensitive. I know he needs protection and that he needs love and care from Emma, but he should not stop her from things that she wanted to do. And surprisingly, Keegan is way better than Dylan which I don’t know if it’s Tiffany’s intention to do that. I mean, I would totally fall for Keegan’s personality and attitude if I’m Emma.
Moreover, I like it that it did not only focus on the romance but also highlights family relationship and friendship. I’m glad that Emma gain best friend, Karmin. She is Keegan’s twin sister and a refreshing character. Further, at a certain time, Emma’s parents relationship struggles after what happened to Dylan. And I believed that opens an opportunity to clear things out and for Emma to speak out. Honestly, I’m speechless at Emma’s outburst.
The story is in good pace and characters are likable, funny (sometimes) and relatable. Most twists are unpredictable and page turner. The anticipation of what will happen if the parents find out added to my excitement and interest. I commend Tiffany’s writing style. It is not complicated and it is engaging.
Highly recommendable if you’re into reading forbidden romance and complicated relationships, and if you’re looking for YA summer read.
P.S. Let’s indulge to that beautiful cover!
“I believe that there are two kinds of people in this world: those who live to make others happy, and those who live to make themselves happy.”
“The first interaction is what people will remember most about you, and it will be the basis of your relationship with them,”
“If you ever become the muse of a writer or artist, you can never die.”
“A piece of you will live forever in their art, touching whoever it comes in contact with. You can never die.”
“The worst type of love is unrequited. A love that never even had the chance to see an end because it never got off the ground to begin with.”
“Just because you don’t have a life anymore doesn’t mean that you can control ours and ruin the love we have for our hobbies.”
“. . . follow your dreams. Don’t let anyone or anything stand in your way. If it feels right, go for it.”
“I just mean that there are so many obstacles that keep us from the things we love. If you can find a way to keep that thing in your life, make it happen.”
“You keep everything bottled up so tightly that I have to dig deep just to get anything out of you.”
“You don’t know what it’s like to try with everything in you, and still come up short,” he whispers. “To not be able to get it right, no matter how many times you go over it. Everything comes so easy for you.”
“Positivity breeds positivity”