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Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers' Favorite
Amira is trying to let go. Let him go. But the strings attached to first love are too strong to be traded in for a weak substitute. She tries, though, until she can try no more. When Amira’s estranged parents announce that they are going to try again to make their marriage work with a vacation away from her, she is whisked off to spend the summer with her Irish relatives. Normally this might have suited her just fine, but this coincided with the worst time in her best friend's life. Jocelyn’s brother is being sentenced for reckless driving and is facing time in prison. Jocelyn needed her. Three thousand miles away feels too far off to be of any help, but Amira has no choice. As she attempts to support her friend via Skype, Amira does her best (most of the time) to remain strong for her friend and be an obedient house guest for her aunt and uncle. Enter ridiculously alluring Darragh.
Just Like You Said It Would Be by C.K. Kelly Martin is a timeless story of first love. Martin’s insight into the female teen’s psyche is spot on, with descriptions such as “Neither of us spoke as she twisted my hair softly into place.” The author captures the heart and vivid imagination of romantic love. Although a bit too mature for the younger reader, be advised that the story content is well suited for the contemporary teen in its sexual theme. Just Like You Said It Would Be relates to the conflict of human emotions so relevant in a coming of age story.