The Boy I Grew Up With by Tijan

Synopsis: I have loved Channing Monroe all my life.

In first grade, he asked for my Trapper Keeper.
I hit him in the head with it.
Third grade, we were best friends. We kissed in seventh grade.
Eighth grade, he turned into a bad boy and the rest was a tumultuous storm.

Growing up, the problem was never love for us.
Bad times. Good times. There were times when I felt our love in every inch of my body, vibrating, making me feel like it could bring me back to life.

The problem was us.

The problem is that we’re living in two different worlds now.
Fallen Crest and its millionaires for me. Roussou and their criminals for him. I was thriving in mine and he was running his.

But…

But there were nights I felt we couldn’t be further apart than we were, and there were nights I felt we shared the same heartbeat.

When was it time?
When was it time to either sacrifice, make a change, or walk away from the boy I grew up with?

Review: I had discovered Crew, Bren, Cross, Channing and Heather previously. But the story was focused on the first two characters even though Channing and Heather had a very important place in the story. So I was very happy to finally discover their story. And I admit that I did not expect it to be so tumultuous.

The author cuts her novel between two narrative times: the present and several periods in the past as our two heroes grow up. We discover their beginning which is a little complicated, but also the development of their relationship with a confrontation of their feelings.

It was nice to learn more about Heather, to find out who she really was. We can perfectly see that she loves Channing. The problem is not them, but it is the whole life that evolves around them and that constantly gets in between their relationship. Between Channing’s Crew, which takes a lot of time and Heather’s bar, they live in completely different worlds that come together when they’re together.

As I said, I had a good time with this story and I am always curious to read more.

17 thoughts on “The Boy I Grew Up With by Tijan

  1. I truly like the sound of this one, and I think we both know I’m going to note it down . . . In fact, I just did! 😛 Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Melliane, I’ll have a look to her other books as well 🙂

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