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GUEST READER REVIEW: “Until My Whole Life Could Belong” by Amy Lapine


Boys in our Books welcomes DIDI with a Guest Reader Review


Chase Parker never imagined he’d run into his high school adversary, Mitch Ramsay, on a commuter train. Four years can do a lot to change a person, like Mitch developing a fascination with Italian poetry and Scrabble, or playing defense for the Detroit Red Wings. One thing hasn’t changed, however: Mitch is still in love with Chase, and he’s not going to settle for less than everything from Chase in return. While the history they share isn’t all positive, apologies and honesty might give them a second chance at happiness.


It was embarrassing to say this story had me grappling for a foothold. This was about the one who got away; a chance meet that set in motion new hope of and more fulfilling relationship. It’s that simple, right? But there must be something lost in translation that for the life of me I just couldn’t get this story.

I tried to put together their history for my easy understanding. Years ago, Chase and Mitch were schoolmates in high school. Mitch was a jock in the school hockey team and had a huge crush on Chase. When the big in the closet jock declared his feeling, Chase rejected him because he felt his then boyfriend was “the one”. But ever since he couldn’t keep Mitch out of his mind (for years) because deep down he was actually in love with Mitch?? By this point my thinking gear ground to a halt.

Could be, what happened was lack of chemistry between the book and I. The writing style didn’t work for me. There was no click or pull that lured me to enjoy the whole tale. I found the storyline flat and dull, there were no sparks between the main characters – they were not that interesting persons to begin with, even Chase first noticed Mitch’s bad haircut on the train before recognizing him as his old friend. The playing scrabble scene was too much for me. While it could be an attempt to build the rapport for our erstwhile MCs, to go into every detail of the scrabble was really distracting the conversation. And for some long suppressed love, when they actually had sex – I didn’t feel the fire.

What can I say, this book was just not for me.




UntilMyWholeLifeCouldBelongLGTitle: Until My Whole Life Could Belong
Author: Amy Lapine
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 46
Release Date: January 28, 2015
Purchase Links: Dreamspinner Press, ARe, Amazon

About Ami

My name is Ami and I'm an Indonesian girl in my mid 30's, living in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia. I used to do a lot of journal writing in a different website but over the years, I started to lose interest. I am, instead, pretty active in reading and writing opinion in Goodreads. Then I start thinking that maybe I can have a blog in which I write mostly about books or joy of reading or anything related to reading activity, really. So this is what this blog is for ... although, I may be inspired to write off-books topic as well :)

One comment on “GUEST READER REVIEW: “Until My Whole Life Could Belong” by Amy Lapine

  1. H.B.
    February 3, 2015

    Thank you for the review.


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