It’s been a year since it happened—when Paige Hancock’s first boyfriend died in an accident. After shutting out the world for two years, Paige is finally ready for a second chance at high school . . . and she has a plan. First: Get her old crush, Ryan Chase, to date her—the perfect way to convince everyone she’s back to normal. Next: Join a club—simple, it’s high school after all. But when Ryan’s sweet, nerdy cousin, Max, moves to town and recruits Paige for the Quiz Bowl team (of all things!) her perfect plan is thrown for a serious loop. Will Paige be able to face her fears and finally open herself up to the life she was meant to live?
The start of me and you wasn’t as predictable and cliche romantic as I expected, looking at the cover alone I was expecting a typical feel good high school romance but it was much deeper and a beautifully written book, I love a good cliche romance though (they’re probably my favourite books to read!), so it surprised to find it was better than I expected.
Paige’s boyfriend tragically died the summer before and she’s still living with a lot of pity stares and the hard reminders that he’s gone. This year she wants to try to get back to her old self so she makes a list of things she wants to achieve.
One of the things on the list is to date a certain boy in her high school, she ends up in the same class as his and their friendship groups quickly mesh.I liked how Ryan was as sweet and kind and everything that Paige thought about him, and the reasons for her crush in the first place. But is he really the guy she is going to fall for?
I loved the storylines in the book, there was so much going on other than the obvious who was she going to end up with? There’s Paige’s parents divorce and then newfound relationship and her Grandma’s illness, seeing all of this gave us a deeper look into who Paige really is. I particularly loved her relationship with her Grandmother, it was so very sweet, I especially loved a quote that her Grandmother said “Love extra, even if it means you hurt extra, too” it was perfect for the story.
Friendship had a big part to play in The Start Of Me And You, so many friendships were made and others were developed, it was so nice to see this in a YA book like this.
The way that we weren’t really sure who Paige was going to end up with made for a great read, there were times I thought she was going to end up with Ryan but then other times I thought Max was perfect for her, it wasn’t a typical live triangle or anything like that, it was written and thought out really well!
Before I finish I just need to mention how much I love the Firefly references, I love that show, I am definitely a bit of a geek at heart! The Firefly stuff made me really giddy!
The Start Of Me and You was part of the Zoella bookclub, I’m not sure if or when I would have gotten around to it if not for the bookclub, so thanks Zoella for this one!
I enjoyed the book a lot, the characters were brilliant and it was a very easy read, I would highly recommend this book! It’s definitely my favourite January read and I would be surprised if it didn’t feature in my top 10 2018 next year!