Both of Me by Jonathan Friesen

Both of Me by Jonathan Friesen
Published December 23rd, 2014 by Blink
Hardcover; 272 pages
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Source: Library
Avg. Goodreads Rating: 3.39
My Rating: ★★★★★

When Clara boards a plane intending to escape to just one more foreign country to forget her past she finds herself sitting next to Elias Phinn, an attractive but strange boy–one who seems to know things about her that she’s never been willing to admit even to herself. When Elias is able to physically draw an image from her past she is stunned. But, when he takes her backpack identical to his own she’s even more shocked.

Insistent upon tracking him down and retrieving her things along with maybe figuring out how he knew such things about her she enlists the help of a friend. Unfortunately, her plan is foiled when Elias answers the door and he’s nothing like she remembers–angry and paranoid but instead he’s charming and polite. He also doesn’t remember anything about meeting Clara on the plane or taking her backpack.

From here things pick up as Clara begins to try to piece together the puzzle that is Elias Phinn. As she learns of Elias’ mental illness she finds herself falling further and further in love with him–one of them, or maybe both of them. She’s not entirely sure.

This book ended my reading slump in one night. I read it in one night and I overslept for work the next morning because of it. I’m not sure what it says about me that I can’t resist a cute guy with a mental illness and a little bit of a fantasy world. Perhaps this is why my love life is doomed? Who knows. Either way, this book is great. I really enjoyed it in case the five stars did not adequately indicate this.

Jonathan Friesen has written several novels including Jerk, California; Aquifer; and Mayday.



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