by Reena Jacobs
Pub Date: 08/06/2011
Genre: FICTION Adult: Contemporary, Coming of Age,
Alexandria (Alex) Carmichael guards two secrets close to her heart. One—she’s in love with her best friend, Seth. Two—he’s gay. As a freshman in college, Alex looks forward to fun times with her best friend. When Seth decides cycling through girlfriends is the way to fit in with the straight crowd, Alex must make a choice: watch Seth give his affections to another while her heart breaks or come clean with her feelings and risk losing his friendship forever. I Loved You First is a new adult love story told through the eyes of an African-American/Caucasian student who takes a journey of self-discovery while watching her best friend come to terms with his sexuality. Turn the pages and find a message of hope, new beginnings, and positive change.
Review: This seemed like an interesting concept for a book. It was definitely something I hadn't seen before. Basically Seth and Alex (Alexandria) have been best buds since first grade. Alex loves Seth but Seth is gay and only loves Alex as a friend, maybe little sister.
In the beginning of this book I didn't like either character, I found them both whiny and total drama queens. Alex is so wrapped up in being friends with Seth that it's he everything. Seth is so wrapped up in his facade and poor me routine to notice anything else. I really didn't like him as a character, and didn't feel he redeemed himself either. Perhaps I'm not being sympathetic enough but they way he treated Alex some one who was by his side defending him, it just pissed me off. Alex on the other hand grew on me as the story progressed, when I saw she was actually starting to grow and mature as the book went on I came to like her a lot more.
I enjoyed the sections with the secondary characters as well, they offered some much needed smiles in the book breaking the tension. I was actually routing for Dink, hoping him and Alex could get a happy for now ending. But the ending I did get was satisfying and didn't leave you hanging which added points.
I felt the story was decent yet I'm not sure it's for everybody. I feel it's a good story about a young women coming into her own. Yet felt other parts weren't as well done as they could have been. Over all I guess I'd have to say judge for yourself, as I think the perception of this book will change with the people who read it.
Disclaimer: I received this book from the author.