#BookReview: We’re All a Little Guarded: You Are Enough: Book 2 by Tiffany Andrea @bookroar_tweets
Hi everyone! Today, I have a book review for a book by an author new to me, Tiffany Andrea >>>
About the Book:
Chelsea, a college student with trust issues and PTSD, has spent the last fifteen years of her life trying to reconcile the horrific experiences of her childhood. She has always kept people at a distance, only letting select few into her inner circle.
After being adopted by a wonderful family and cultivating a friendship with Liam Davis, Chelsea is finally taking strides toward a better future.
When suddenly, she comes face-to-face with her past, the effects of her PTSD are back at the forefront, and cause her to head down a self-destructive path, led by a dreamy bad boy. Her new relationship causes contention with those whom Chelsea had learned to trust and she finds herself floundering, not knowing wrong from right. In her misguided attempts to protect those she cares about, she travels down the path to self-destruction at an alarming rate.
Will she be able to find her way back to solid ground and learn to trust again? Or will she always be too guarded?
A Gripping and Gritty Read.
“The heavy rain beats down on the driveway beneath my window; water droplets telegraphing their intentions to ruin my day before I’ve gotten out of bed.” … from this intriguing opening line, the reader is immersed fully into the difficult, terrifying world of Chelsea, who is a survivor with major PTSD and trust issues. Added to that is her crippling low (try: non-existent) self-esteem. This is a moving read, which had me alternately chuckling and tearing up. When Chelsea makes some poor choices, I could understand why she did what she did, even if I wanted to yell at her to wake up and SEE. This character-driven novel has a strong plot and relatable characters that pull you right in and make you feel … whether that be hate, love, sadness, joy, or whatever.
The only reason this read doesn’t get five stars from me is that it needs attention on the proofreading and editing side of things. The writing tends toward the passive side, written in first person present tense, and contains errors such as: “I have to hand over the reigns.” … instead of “reins”, etc.
Other than these hiccups, I loved this book. Here are some lines that stayed with me …
“How are you supposed to trust another person with your heart? It seems irresponsible. People can’t be trusted.”
“My bravery rating comes in somewhere around a fainting goat.”
“If it were possible to trade mistakes for rest, I’d never wake up again.”
From an enjoyment perspective, and excellently drawn characters, this book would gain an easy five stars. As it stands, it gets a solid four from me. Go read this book! I’ll be checking out more reads from Tiffany Andrea for sure.
NOTE ON RATINGS: I consider a 3-star rating a positive review. Picky about which books I give 5 stars to, I reserve this highest rating for the stories I find stunning and which moved me.
5 STARS: IT WAS AMAZING! I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN! — Highly Recommended.
4 STARS: I WOULD PULL AN ALL-NIGHTER — Go read this book.
3 STARS: IT WAS GOOD! — An okay read. Didn’t love it. Didn’t hate it.
2 STARS: I MAY HAVE LIKED A FEW THINGS —Lacking in some areas: writing, characterisation, and/or problematic plot lines.
1 STAR: NOT MY CUP OF TEA —Lots of issues with this book.
I’d love to hear what you think of this review. Thanks for stopping by 🙂
For anyone interested, here are the Amazon links …