Title: Fighting For You
Author: Monica Murphy
Series: Callahans #5
Release Date: February 11th 2021
Length: 388 pages
Genre: YA Romance
Fighting For You by Monica Murphy is now live!
I fell hard and fast for the resident bad boy and he fell just as hard for me too. We were the perfect couple, until things turned sour.
Senior year and we’re both super busy. He has football. I have volleyball. Soon enough, I hear the rumors – Diego’s cheating on me. After everything we’ve been through, I’m devastated. Breaking up with him was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. He doesn’t love me. Besides, only a few more months of school, and then I’m going away to college. And Diego will be permanently out of my life.
Until I find out I’m pregnant. And now we’re forever tied together…
All those who have felt the magic of this author in the previous 4 books, surely were impatiently awaiting the release of this 5th book in The Callahans series, which will take you on such an emotional journey that will make you forget about the world around you. But even if you have not read the previous ones, Fighting for You can definitely be read as a standalone, and never feel lost or lacking some background story while reading this story.
Senior year is something that young high school students look forward to from the very beginning. Wild parties, experiencing with new things,crossing all boundaries … a time of madness when everything is allowed. A time that should create memories that remind of carelessness and embracing the wild side. But too much passion and a little carelessness change all of young Jocelyn’s plans. Forward or backward, each solution carries its own weight, and that arrogant, loud mouth jerk is not here to carry the burden with her. But once the storm subsides, and the emotions surface, the desires and perceptions change. But will a sincere apology and I love you from the bottom of my heart be enough to forget all the pain and doubts?
As I write this review, the emotions that overwhelm me change and so do my attitudes. If I were to comment on this book as an experienced pedagogue, I would say that the author has done fantastic research and demonstration of an immature high school behavior. The very way she has conveyed the emotions and thoughts of the main characters are masterful, as well as the way they deal with the unplanned situation, with all the vicissitudes, ups and downs and an uncertainty that simply captivates. And unlike many other authors of this type, where teenagers are reminiscent of adults, this gifted author leaves them to be teenagers, with all the selfishness, insecurity and desire to be someone in that vicious circle called high school.
As a parent, I have to say that reading books like this I am terrified of when my children will become teenagers. How will I deal with all the difficulties, how will I provide the right support and attention, I honestly have no idea. And I must admit that I admire the character of Jocelyn’s mother, a stable and determined woman, that stands behind her child 100%. Somehow reminiscent of a lioness, who is ready to do anything to defend her little one. Diego’s mother is a reflection of every parental failure.
But what prevails is the romantic in me who enjoyed every moment of this dramatic romance, which contains enough twists to keep your attention until the very end. Diego and Jocelyn are absolutely fantastic characters. He, a classic bully, an adulterer, someone we just want to hate. But as we slowly get to know the real Diego, it becomes easier for us to cheer for him. He is just an insecure child who has suffered a lot and is trying to fit into a world that doesn’t understand him. Yes, he makes mistakes, but that is part of life. It makes him more realistic and adds plausibility to the story. And I believe we are all amazed at Jocelyn’s perseverance and strength. A girl who matures overnight and tries to sort out her life and succeed in her dreams. Their quarrels, their make-up sessions, their love inevitably reminds us all of the warmth of the first love, the lust, the real hope. From a plot that takes place in the past to a future that promises happiness, the author leads us through this thorny journey where the emphasis is not only on the love drama, but also on the path of two young people to the adult world.
With an interesting plot and fantastically created characters that delight with their mix of virtues and flaws, this book is definitely a great choice for any reader.
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Monica Murphy is a New York Times, USA Today and international bestselling romance author. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and have sold over two million copies worldwide. Both a traditionally published and independently published author, she writes young adult, new adult and contemporary romance. She’s also known as USA Today bestselling author Karen Erickson.
A native Californian, she lives on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere with her husband, two kids, one dog, and four cats. When she’s not writing, she’s an assistant coach for her daughter’s high school cheer team, which is a two season sport. Meaning, she’s at practice with a bunch of teenage girls all the time. Or she’s at a football game. Or a basketball game. Maybe someday, she’ll even write about this experience.
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