Swear on This Life by Renee Carlino
“It’s easy to let yourself become the burden of your own life, especially when you were given the label of being a burden before you could even reject it.”
Swear on This Life is about Emiline, a young writer struggling to find her voice in her work. When a friend hands her a bestselling novel from a new author, Emiline is shocked to discover this author has written her life story, from her perspective. The only person who could have known all of this about her is one boy from her past, one she hasn’t seen in years.
As Emiline reads the book, it drudges up feelings she thought she had locked away. Emiline is angry that he wrote the story from her perspective and wants answers as to why he wrote it the way he did.
“The past would only fester and eat away at us if we tried to hold on to it too tightly.”
First off I have to say what everyone else has been saying… I’ve never read a book quite like this one. It’s a story that’s so unique and I think Renee Carlino was the perfect woman to write it. I regret to say this is my first book I’ve read by her, and I’ve met the woman twice! I’ll be reading all her books as soon as I can because this one blew me away. It took me a while to write this review because I was processing so many of the feelings this book invoked in me.
From the first page I was utterly absorbed in the story, I couldn’t put the book down because I wanted more of Emiline and Jase. Reading about their journey from childhood to teen years, and eventually to present adulthood is a journey I would happily read over and over again. Even with all of the dark spots in their lives, it was quite simply, beautiful.
“We can’t always control our circumstances, who our parents are, where we live, or how much money we make, but in those rare moments when we can shape our fate, when we do have the power to make our own happiness, we can’t be scared to do it.”
This book isn’t just a romance, it’s about a complex main character struggling to deal with the pain of her past and the woman she became because of it. I liked the idea that J Colby’s book helped her revisit her past and challenged her feelings about it. At one point while reading this book, I burst into tears. In public. On a freaking airplane. And believe me I have a heart of ice so this kind of thing happens…. never. That’s how powerful this book is.
Anyways, if I haven’t been clear enough, you need to read this book the moment it comes out. Do whatever needs to be done to get your grubby hands on it, because this book is something special and I honestly think anyone could read and enjoy this story.
“I love you, Emiline. I loved you before I even knew what it meant.”
“I love you too, Jase… I’ll love you forever.”
“Swear to me.”
“I swear I want this.”
ARC provided by publisher via Edelweiss