Review & Giveaway: 3 Sides to a Circle by Jolene Perry & Janna Wattson March 10th, 2013
Hi everyone! Today is the start of the 3 Sides to a Circle blog tour hosted by YA Bound. I’m going to share my thoughts on the book, and there is a pretty cool giveaway. Like the chance to win a Nook kind of cool. You can find the entire tour schedule by clicking on the banner.
Title: 3 Sides to a Circle
Author: Jolene Perry & Janna Watts
Published: February 25, 2013
Publisher: Next Door Books
Series: Stand alone
Love is the ultimate rush.
Freshman year of college isn’t easy. But with a friend like Libby Patterson, it is unforgettable.
Libby is honest and fearless and adorable. She’s the girl on campus that everyone knows. The life of every party. Infectious and addictive, Libby captivates all those around her. Particularly her roommate Honor and their boy bestie Toby.
But three isn’t always a magic number. And there’s more to this trio than what everyone sees.
When Honor finds herself falling for an artist, and Libby doesn’t approve, and Toby finds himself watching Libby more than he should…the sides of their circle become strained.
The three are suddenly stretched between friendship, love and taking sides. They must fight to hold on to each other. But the tighter the hold, the harder it gets. Especially when Libby’s unpredictability turns dangerous. Now it’s up to Honor and Toby to save her from the downward spiral that could break their circle for good.
I read Jolene Perry’s Shadows series not too long ago and loved it, so I was very excited to read 3 Sides to a Circle that she co-wrote with Janna Watts. Plus, I have been in the mood for some contemporary lately, and this was a great fit.
Call me crazy, but I so badly wanted to have the whole dorm room experience when I went to college. It sounded like so much fun to move away from home, become roommates with a complete stranger and cause all kinds of debauchery. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to have that experience. My roommates while going to college turned out to be my boyfriend and a baby. So I love reading books with characters who do get to do all that and live vicariously through them. Even all the craziness that this book entails.
3 Sides to a Circle follows three strangers turned friends during their freshman year of college, but it’s only told from point of views of Honor and Toby. Honor is a model who doesn’t quite feel comfortable with the attention she gets for her looks. She’s quiet, shy, and unassuming. Everything her new roommate isn’t. Libby is funky, outspoken, and totally fearless. Loved her. Their twosome quickly became a threesome as soon as they ran into Toby. Literally. Toby is the quite, nerdy cute guy across the hall. Poor guy didn’t know what hit him when Libby and Honor entered his life.
I liked that we didn’t get Libby’s POV, because the reader has to try and figure her out right along with Honor and Toby. All while watching the growth and self-discovery they go through. I did figure Libby out fairly early, though, but it was interesting watching it all play out. A little sad, too. Libby pushes Honor and Toby out of their comfort zones and gets them to do things they’d usually never do. It’s not all fun and games, though. Sometimes she pushes a little too far.
The romance in this book was sweet, but rocky at times. Honor meets Sawyer, an artist. He seems to actually see her for who she is, not just the exterior. But things take a wrong turn when her unconventional friendship with Libby and Toby has some not so good consequences. I understand why Sawyer had some issues with their situation, but it felt like he overreacted a little bit. And Toby doesn’t know what to do with himself half the time. The girls have him in a whirlwind. Don’t worry, though, there isn’t a love triangle.
Overall, this was a nice, quick read. I really enjoyed 3 Sides to a Circle.
Jolene wears juvenile T-shirts, worn-out Chucks, and eats too much chocolate. She makes up words, drinks Shirley Temples, and suffocates a little without her iPod.
Janna wears juvenile pajama pants, worn-out Chucks, and wakes up ridiculously early. Pen name abuser. Rule Breaker. Trouble maker. Corrupter of youth. In books.
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