Books, Reviews

REVIEW: The Paths We Choose by M.Hollis

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Publisher: Self-published on Amazon, April 2017
Pages: 119, Kindle

Synopsis:

Lily Ferrari enjoys having control over every detail of her life. Ever since she left her parents’ house to gain her freedom, she decided to fully own her autonomy. But an unexpected visit from her little brother may change the path she chooses to follow. Add that to a casual thing with the bright architect Mayte Gonzalez, and Lily’s summer is turning out more interesting than she expected. It certainly beats the routine of working extra shifts at Johnson’s Bookstore. A few weeks before her college life begins, Lily needs to figure out if she’s wrong about her past or if she should continue to protect her heart at all costs. Sometimes moving forward is the only possible if you have the right people by your side.

Review:

This book is the second book in the Lilac Town series but, as a mutual on Twitter pointed out, you don’t have to read the first book to read this one. Each book seems to follow a different friend in a friendship group, and they all live somewhere called Lilac Town. After this one, I think I might consider purchasing the first. The only reason why I haven’t yet is because of my limited funds!

It follows a girl named Lily, a feisty fat bisexual Brazilian, who’s woken up one day to find that she has slept with her friend, Chris’s, friend Mayte.  As if Lily doesn’t find this complicated enough, only wanting something casual with no strings attached, her brother finds her and wants to come into contact with her again, the brother she ran away from years ago.

I admit that I didn’t like where this was going to begin with. I found the writing to be too choppy and straight to the point, I didn’t like the third person and we are hit with a load of sex right off of the bat which is something I personally find discomfort in (and it doesn’t ease as the book goes on, it just keeps going). However, the more I read, the more this book really started to grow on me and I’m sad it was so short as it was so enjoyable.

There wasn’t much substance to the other characters, but maybe that’s because their story is to come. The only characters with any depth, really, are Mayte and Lily but with so little pages, I can’t really expect an in depth character development for everyone involved. The relationships between the friends, though, was adorable filled with all the things close friends do – arguments, bickering, teasing but being the biggest support you could hope for when you really need it.

It had great rep throughout – lesbian, bisexual, Portuguese/Spanish/Brazilian/Latina/Mexican (both white and brown skinned), fat. It’s an OwnVoices novella as well which just adds to the awesome, really. The great rep was made ever better with sweet little lines like this one:

“Straight cis guys are always the hardest to deal with” 

The ending was really what did it for me, though. It summarized everything that had happened so well. It was such a cute happy ending, even if it wasn’t the perfect happily ever after that we all hope for. Realistically, it doesn’t happen too often.

Trigger Warnings:

  • Sex descriptions, sexual chatter, all consensual
  • Homophobic comments (called out)
  • Racism (called out)

Overall, I gave this book a 4/5 and would recommend it to anyone who loves a cute, fluffy romance.

A PSA – I noticed that this book had a lot of ratings and reviews on Goodreads, but hardly any on Amazon, so if you have read this and liked it then please consider giving this a quick rating/review on Amazon as it really helps authors out and this book completely deserves it 

Until next time,
Lorna

 

 

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