Jaclyn’s Review: Swear On This Life by Renee Carlino

Swear On This Life
written by Renee Carlino
published by Atria Books, 2016

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Disclosure:  I received a complimentary copy of this book as part of the 2016 Summer Reading Challenge hosted by BookSparks.

Did I enjoy this book? 
O. M. G. You don’t even know. This book is amazing. I read it in one day. I would have read it in one sitting, but I have kids who need to be fed periodically.

Emeline stumbles into reading a best-selling book by a new author. In the first sentence of the book, she realizes that the book is about her and was written by her long-lost childhood love. This book flips you back and forth between Emeline reading the book and actual excerpts from the book (which are essentially flashbacks to Emeline’s childhood). Sounds a bit confusing–it’s not. This book is wonderfully written. The characters are perfect, the plot it perfect, the use of the ‘book in a book’ is perfect. I cannot think of a single negative thing to say about this book.



Would I recommend it? So Much Yes! Read this book! Clear an afternoon, grab a blanket, and fall in love with this book. You will thank me when you are done with it, I promise.




About the book – from Goodreads: When a bestselling debut novel from mysterious author J.Colby becomes the literary event of the year, Emiline reads it reluctantly. As an adjunct writing instructor at UC San Diego with her own stalled literary career and a bumpy long-term relationship, Emiline isn’t thrilled to celebrate the accomplishments of a young and gifted writer.

Yet from the very first page, Emiline is entranced by the story of Emerson and Jackson, two childhood best friends who fall in love and dream of a better life beyond the long dirt road that winds through their impoverished town in rural Ohio.

That’s because the novel is patterned on Emiline’s own dark and desperate childhood, which means that “J. Colby” must be Jase: the best friend and first love she hasn’t seen in over a decade. Far from being flattered that he wrote the novel from her perspective, Emiline is furious that he co-opted her painful past and took some dramatic creative liberties with the ending.

The only way she can put her mind at ease is to find and confront “J. Colby,” but is she prepared to learn the truth behind the fiction?


Happy 2



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  1. I’ve had this one my to-read list for years! I really need to get to it!

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