Friday 22 April 2022

Review: Some Mistakes Were Made by Kristin Dwyer

Some Mistakes Were Made by Kristin Dwyer
Release date: May 10, 2022
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You can’t always go home again.

Ellis and Easton have been inseparable since childhood. But when a rash decision throws Ellis’s life—and her relationship with Easton— into chaos she’s forced to move halfway across the country, far from everything she’s ever known.

Now Ellis hasn’t spoken to Easton in a year, and maybe it’s better that way; maybe eventually the Easton shaped hole in her heart will heal. But when Easton’s mother invites her home for a celebration, Ellis finds herself tangled up in the web of heartache, betrayal, and anger she left behind... and with the boy she never stopped loving.

YA contemporary with a lot of angst. The set up reminded me of You and Me on Vacation/People We Meet on Vacation where there has been conflict between the MCs and the book switches between past and present until we finally learn what happened.

Ever since she was young, Ellis has been going over to the Albrey's house. It is a house full of love and takes her mind away the neglect that awaits her at home. Easton Albrey is Ellis' best friend and the two are inseparable. Until something happens that means Ellis has to move across the country to live with her aunty. One year later, Ellis goes back to celebrate Easton's mum's birthday. Reunited with feelings that she thought she had squashed deep down, Ellis has to work through what led her to this moment and whether her broken relationship with Easton can be salvaged.

The characters are complicated and their relationships even more so. The small moments between Ellis and Easton and their endless missed communication spurred me on to finishing this book in two sittings. The yearning and the pining was so on point. You could feel it in everything that was not said.

I was hoping this would make me cry my eyes out, but alas it did not. However, at times it was deeply sad and I truly felt for everything the characters were going through. One of the highlights of this book being Easton's brother Tucker, who plays as the mediator between Ellis and Easton. As well as a cheerleader for them to sort out their issues. He lightened the mood in every scene and just overall gave good vibes to this story.

I would have liked a bit more material at the end when everything was coming together. It happened so quickly I wanted the characters to take it in! But other than that, I really enjoyed this book and I think I'd re-read it again just to feel everything again.

4 Falling Books

Thank you to Harper360 for gifting an ARC!