All My Life by Rucy Ban
Seventeen-year-old Kari meets Neil Mars. “Neil as in Armstrong and Mars…as in Bruno.” A boy who beats every vampire, werewolf, highlander fantasy Kari has ever had. But she knows she can’t get close to him. Not ever. Because that would mean telling him everything. Coming clean. And Kari can’t bear the idea of changing the way Neil looks at her. Like she’s the only girl in the world. His reverence is something too precious to lose. Perhaps even at the cost of losing him.
But Kari doesn’t know why Neil calls her his ‘Angel’ and when she finds out, she realizes what love is all about. Boundless joy, unending longing and a fuckload of heartache.
All My Life is one of those stories that you don’t want to talk about in great detail. Why?
Because it is hard to describe without giving away the good stuff. There is a lot going on in just 155 pages.
Kari’s first experience with love in high school was not how she imagined it would be. She gave her heart and body to the wrong guy and it turned out badly. Afterwards, she carries around a secret that crushes her spirit and makes her retreat from life a little more each day.
Unfortunately, the mistakes of her past follow her to college and she struggles to stay afloat – both emotionally and financially. Kari ends up taking a part-time job to help with her financial problems. She slowly begins to take small steps back toward life.
Although this book deals with new adult issues, I think that the story is far less racy than the cover suggests. This is one of the few cases where I wished that the book was longer. There were some plot points that made me shake my head and the timeline seemed out of synch in a couple of places. I think expanding the text (to flesh out some ideas more) and additional editing would really help take this book to the next level.
Quick and intriguing, All My Life is a roller coaster ride that pulls at your heart-strings and makes you hope for second chances. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.
- Fans of new adult books
- Fans of romance books
Note: There is a fair amount of profanity in the book.
BTW – Kari’s secret really made me think about dating in real life situations. I had two acquaintances in college who faced the same problem. The guys involved got away with their bad behavior. Sadly, I imagine that more and more young people (especially women) will find themselves in similar situations in the future. This book would be a good conversation starter for young adult groups. It touches on a number of serious topics with sensitivity and humor.
Rucy Ban was born in 1978 and still continues to thrive. Ever since she first met Francine (the protagonist of her favorite novel, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn), Rucy fell in love with the written word. Rucy has a B-school degree in Marketing which she now puts to good use teaching lovable rowdy rogues and negotiating with her equally belligerent adolescent. In her previous avatar, she handled corporate communications for companies. At present, Rucy lives in Sao Paulo, travels often, speaks decent, if not quite fluent, Portuguese and really hates talking about herself in third person.
The two most important days in your life are the day you start writing and the day you discover why.-Twain Twist.
— Rucy Ban (@rucyban) November 8, 2012
Giveaway: $100 Amazon Gift Card
The prize is sponsored by the author.