Because I Love You by Tori Rigby

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Blaze Publishing, LLC
Publication Date: May 17th 2016

3 OUT OF 5 STARS

Disclaimer: A free copy of this book was received through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Andie is religious and a bit uptight. Andie slept wth her best friend at a party and got pregnant. The world seems to turn against her, but with the support of her ex-boyfriend, she thinks that she might be able to make this work. For Andie abortion is out of the question, and she wants to keep her baby. As she starts to realise the struggles and stress of parenting, however, she might have to reconsider her stance.

The storyline of Because I Love You is incredibly engaging, but that’s only because every terrible thing that could happen does. We have two characters dealing with sudden parental death, Andie’s best friends suddenly turning on her and several other huge events that are so terrible it gets difficult to believe. Andie’s life dumps every terrible thing you can imagine on her, and it’s almost impossible to believe that life can go as wrong as the book makes it.

Sometimes good things happen to Andie, but those aren’t just average good things, they’re amazing good things. Andie will go from grieving a death to being gifted an apartment in a day. There are no middle ground plot events in the book – things are terrible or fantastic with no in between.

The characters are also black and white. Either the characters are so good it’s unbelievable or they’re so bad it’s ridiculous. Neil is perfect. He’s the boyfriend girls dream of. On the other end of the spectrum is Carter, Andie’s friend since childhood who turns against her in an instant. Carter and Andie’s other friend Heather don’t just ignore Andie. Both friends go from best buddies to life destroying monsters in a day. There are no characters existing in shades of grey. Even Andie’s mother who’s lived her life for the church is immediately supportive of Andie without the usual turmoil one might expect.

The story, while exciting, has been told. There are hundreds of pregnant cheerleader stories and Because I Love You doesn’t really stand out. The novel’s events also feel incredibly overexaggerated and unrealistic. It’s well written but it’s nothing special. Rigby also doesn’t quite manage to perfect a teenage contemporary voice in her writing despite her skill.

Because I Love You has it’s touching moments, and it’s certainly both cute and sad. There are better books covering the subject matter but this one has a firm place in the middle of the pack.

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