January 2015, Penguin, 373 pages, Paperback, Review copy
Content: adult romance, partying and drinking,
Summary from Penguin
What if you had a second chance to meet someone for the first time?Cal Logan is shocked to see Nicole Bentley sitting across from him at a coffee shop thousands of miles from their hometown. After all, no one has seen or heard from her since they graduated over a year ago. Except this girl isn't Nicole.She looks exactly like Cal's shy childhood crush, but her name is Nyelle Preston and she has no idea who he is. This girl is impulsive and daring, her passion for life infectious. The complete opposite of Nicole. Cal finds himself utterly fascinated and falling hard. But Nyelle is also extremely secretive. And the closer he comes to finding out what she's hiding, the less he wants to know.When the secrets from the past and present collide, one thing becomes clear: Nothing is what it seems.
Whenever I read a book I somehow form an expectation of it. What If threw my expectation out the window as it wasn't all what I expected, but this isn't meant in a negative way. I thought there may have been a more fantasy/sci-fi(y) reason for the reappearance of Nicole, so kept waiting with bated breath to hear she was a clone/an alien in disguise/on witness protection. The real reason, when it's finally revealed is understandable, if a bit sad.
I enjoyed watching Cal try to figure out the new Nicole - Nyelle, because he remembered so clearly how things used to be. Having different viewpoints throughout the book created more mysteries until the truth was revealed, and is definitely a book that needs to be re-read knowing the truth, to see where the hints were and the subtler plot parts.
Find out more on Rebecca's website.
Another intriguing New Adult read is If I Forget You by Michelle Davidson Argyle (New Adult, 10E/10E)