Do you know that feeling where you totally excited but kind of terrified at the same time. Kind of like the start of a marathon you’ve been training months for, you know it’s going to be fine, but you really want that great finish. That is how I felt a few days ago when I started Emily O’Beirne’s newest book The Sum of These Things (A Story of Now #2). I absolutely adored her first book, A Story of Now. It unexpectedly stole my heart, and became one of my absolute favorite books. So, you can see how a sequel to one of your favorites is going to be either a renewal of you love or an utter disappointment. Well, I can honestly say Emily O’Beirne did a number on my heart again, everything, and I mean everything about this book was spectacular.
Mia and Claire are two amazing characters. They are so different from each other, and yet their relationship so spectacularly works. Each of them has her own character flaws, and it is the others strength. In the last book (pause if you have not read the last one, go get it now, read this later!), we saw how Mia wavered with her sexuality, second guessing Claire’s interest in her and finally making that giant leap of faith and getting the girl. Claire was the strong one, while never being in a relationship with another girl, she didn’t make a big fuss about it, and it wasn’t a huge deal to her. She liked Mia romantically and that was enough. In this latest book, Mia is the quiet strength of the duo.
While the romance is alive and well between Claire and Mia, life tends to get in the way of that all-consuming love. Claire goes from being super slacker to being right on the cusp of getting her life in order. She is applying herself in regards to figuring out who Claire wants to be. She tends bar to have a cash flow, but she has begun volunteering at a community center for kids as well. Her days are filled with playgrounds and grant writing, and her nights filled with slinging booze. While Claire is running ragged, Mia has much more free time before she begins her medical studies. Here is where the conflict of the book lies.
Mia’s freedom is where Claire’s insecurities find a foothold. Claire is confident in who she is, but she also has insecurities. In her mind she often questions, “Is she enough for someone”? Her mother’s constant slights over time have worn her down, and her failed past relationship with Brendan has made her take pause when Mia begins to flourish socially. She begins to question her worthiness.
The conflict is understandable and relatable, and the dialogue is what makes this book flat out amazing. In my opinion, Emily O’Beirne does dialogue and character development with the best of the best. The interactions between the characters are the highlights of the book. The dialogue is how real people talk, whether they’re flirting, romancing or fighting, it is just good! Tying it back to my marathon analogy, Ms. O’Beirne would have totally qualified for Boston with this book. Happy reading!
5 out of 5 stars
- Publisher: Ylva Publishing
The Sum of These Things (A Story of Now Series Book 2)
by Emily O’Beirne
Amazon Link: http://amzn.com/B018SS4HAO