Book Review

ALWAYS, IN DECEMBER by Emily Stone

I received a gifted copy of ALWAYS, IN DECEMBER by Emily Stone from Random House.

Ending the year with a bit of a seasonal read, the #SaturdayBookstaClub buddy read that I help host picked ALWAYS, IN DECEMBER by Emily Stone as our December pick.

Rating: 4 / 5

ALWAYS, IN DECEMBER begins with Josie. Christmas is a tough time of year for her since she lost her parents around the holiday as a child. Each year she posts a letter to them as a way to keep in touch after their loss. This year things take an abrupt shift when she literally knocks a man off his feet on her way to the box. Now, she’s spending time with Max and starting to enjoy herself, but it does not seem he is on the same page.

This was a very polarizing read in our group and a lot of it comes down to what you expect when you hear the word ‘romance’. This isn’t one of those books where everything is perfect and all is happiness, sunshine, and roses. This is more in the vein of pull your heart out and beat on it territory. Tissues are required. Some feel this eliminates this book from the romance category.

Personally, I enjoyed this book. It definitely hurts your heart a bit, but I think that the premise of living each Christmas remembering her lost parents kind of set me up for that expectation? Max’s actions in the early part of the book made me mad, but we get his point of view later into the book and we learn a lot more about his reasons.

For me this was more a book of self discovery for Josie and I really liked how her character arc progressed. It definitely isn’t your typical romance, but I still did enjoy the romance aspect of the book! I think this is a book that really will depend on expectations going into it.

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