Review: The Sum of These Things by Emily O’Beirne

 Series: A story of now (book 2)

Genre: LGBT (f/f), NA, Romance

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Cover: I really like how it continues the first book’s cover.

Buy: Amazon (pub. Date 16th december)

Trigger warnings: alcohol consumption

Description: Claire Pearson has already learned a few things this summer. Like falling for a girl is easy. Well, it is if that girl is Mia.

What Claire hasn’t learned yet is that now comes the hard part: learning to trust in this new relationship. And that isn’t easy when no one has ever given you a reason to trust before.
Then there’s the pressing question of what to do with her life. Claire’s new volunteer job working with kids offers a glimpse of a potential future, but it definitely isn’t something her pushy mother is going to like.

Still, everything feels hopeful as she embarks on the next chapter of her life, armed with new friends and the warm and funny Mia. But Claire quickly discovers that negotiating this new terrain of adulthood isn’t easy. Over the rest of this momentous summer, the biggest lesson Claire must learn is how not to let anything get in the way of her happiness. Especially herself.

Review: After reading A Story of Now (review here) I was really excited for the next part. Well and a little bit wary, because a lot of the time second parts aren’t as good as the first one. Luckily not in this case!

The Sum of These Things picks up where the story ended, which I really liked. No big time gasps that get explained in a few words, the reader gets to experience everything along with Claire and Mia. And you really experience everything. I’ve felt the happiness, the anger and the sadness myself (heart-break warning).

The beginning is a little bit slow, because there is lots of kissing and being in a new relationship going on, but I still liked reading about those few steps, because both women are just so cute together.

While the problems the pair has to face are not new, they are realistic and very believable. Everything makes sense and it doesn’t seem to be too much. Bonus points for no clichés by the way. I was prepared for some, but I prepared in vain.
Disclaimer: I was provided by Emily O’Beirne and Ylva Verlag with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.

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