September 26, 2011

Relatively Honest by Molly Ringle

Release Date: September 15, 2011
Publisher: ireadiwrite Publishing
Pages: 195
Series: n/a
Review Source: eBook from author & publisher

Synopsis: (from Goodreads)
Eighteen year-old womanizer Daniel Revelstoke leaves his native London to study at the University of Oregon, dreaming of seducing one American girl after another. But he soon meets a new kind of woman in classmate Julie French. Her cleverness and resistance land Daniel in love for the first time in his life, to his deep confusion.

However, Julie's long-distance boyfriend and a bizarre family secret stand in Daniel's way to winning her. Since he can't quit obsessing over her, he decides to hide a few truths in order to draw closer to her, hoping that maybe she'll return his love and, when she finds out his devious path, forgive him. It's a gamble, but all's fair in love and college.

My Thoughts:
I definitely enjoyed reading this book which is written from the perspective of university freshman Daniel Revelstoke. Daniel is a bit of an idiot at times, but he’s just charming enough to get away with it, especially with his English slang and mannerisms. Even Daniel’s craziest decisions have the best of intentions, and as readers we can appreciate this fact. I enjoyed reading another book set in university, and I hope that more authors and publishers will continue with this trend.

I actually really liked this book for the most part, but I have to say I wasn’t completely sold on the romance. I believed Daniel’s feelings, but it seemed like we never really got to see Daniel and Julie fall in love. That fact made it more difficult to support their relationship when the crazy plot twist came into play. And oh is this plot twist crazy, let me tell you. You might figure it out or it might catch you off guard, but it definitely makes things interesting. I think it’s definitely something you’ll either accept or have a big problem with. There’s not a lot of in between.

Basically if you’re looking for an interesting contemporary story with older YA characters, then definitely give ‘Relatively Honest’ a chance. Daniel’s narration is amusing and his transition in thought from playboy to man in love was interesting, if not completely realistic.

The Cover:
So it's nothing unique, but I adore simple covers like this! Very cute.

[Strong 3/5]

Find Relatively Honest by Molly Ringle on Goodreads, Amazon Kindle, and All Romance Books.


  1. It sounds cute! There are so few books set in college and, though the romance fell flat for you, it still sounds like a fun read.

  2. I think I want to read this, I don't usually like all-boy perspective but this could be fun.

    Too bad the romance wasn't all that but the plot twist sounds intriguing.

  3. Thanks for the review, Ashley! I've also noticed the lesser number of YA books set in college, which seems a shame to me, since that age-18, "away from home for the first time" phase of life is a rich one for new experiences. And for dubious decisions. :)

  4. There aren't many YA books set in college at all! I also love the sound of the book from the guys point of view. This sounds intriguing. If I came across it, I would read it.


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