Back To The Start by Monica McCallan
Back To The Start was an honest surprise. It was my first time reading one of Monica McCallan’s book and I can now say that I will happily be waiting for her next projects to come to life. I was pleased by her talented writing.
The story is about two broken-hearted best friends who lost each other after an unfortunate situation who left Remy felt like she has been played by the girl she loved, and Fallon frozen, unable to stand for herself and her friend. A decade later, we meet Remy, whose grandmother recently passed away and is the one having to clean her house and make it available on the market. Right from the start, it’s evident that she still is troubled by her past and she still has a lot of issues who needs dealing with. We don’t know much about what happened between them, but we know she is nervous about seeing Her again. By Her, I mean Fallon who gets categorized as the ‘’b*tch’’ of the story if we only see Remy’s point of view at first, when in fact, Fallon is probably the sweetest most honest and caring person alive, whose own heart has also been broken by the past events. A series of miscalculated events finds them as rivals, playing a game of pool with the winning prize being that Fallon finally gets the chance to say what she has to say to her old best friend, or Remy gets left alone for the remaining of her stay. And the rest after that is history.
I was impressed by the switch between the past and the present. Usually, writers lose me when they start going back and forth between different moments in their books, but in this case, it was so fluent that no explanations were needed to know where you were in the story. It all flows perfectly and always adds the parts of history you were missing at those given points.
After reading it, I can admit that I had a sweet spot for Fallon from the very first moment we meet her, even if she is at first portrayed as a mean person who has apparently done so much wrong, while Remy is portrayed as the lesbian who got her heart broken by her former best friend. The author wrote her character so genuine, it was impossible for me to see her the way Remy was seeing her and learning the complete story that happened between them both confirmed and broke my heart to pieces.
This book was a pleasant and fast read that I enjoyed more than I thought I would.
The story has a nice progression, in which we see both characters evolve, learning more about the adult they became. Bonus point to Claire, who never shy away from calling Remy out on her bad behaviors and choices.
I recommend this book as a light, fun and complete read. It’s a great addition to the ‘’Friends to Enemies to Lovers’’ category that should be owned by every Lesfics reader there is.
*I received an ARC in exchange of an honest review*
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