The sequel to My Lullaby of You, I was chomping at the bit for this little guy and, confession, I got a sneak peak when I “beta read” it for the author. Generally when I hear “local author” I assume the book will be subpar. I don’t know why I assume a good book cannot come from a Michigan resident, but I am wrong. These two beach reads were so fun and so… normal.
This is For You
by Alia Rose
Young Adult, Beach Read
Synopsis According to Mandi:
Without spoilers, This is For You is the continuation of Amy and Seth’s story from My Lullaby of You. Amy graduates college as Seth enters a rite of passage of his own. What’s next for the couple? Can their love last through yet another round of big changes in their lives? Has it even lasted up to this point?
“I waited for her to come back into the living room, knowing I would get some form of a lecture, but if she was offering me coffee for it, I hoped it wouldn’t be too bad.”– Alia Rose, This is For You
Awards (based upon my brief research):
My Overall Rating:
4 – When I finished My Lullaby of You, the characters were so young that there was so much room for what would come next despite the ending that also left ample amount of room. I wanted to know where the characters went from there, and Alia actually took the jump and gave us an answer!
This is for You takes a leap over the next four years of Seth’s and Amy’s lives and gives a peak into their future from there. It’s short. It’s sweet. It answers lingering questions. It gives resolution without completely finishing their story, leaving room for the reader to imagine what comes next, yet feel good about where it’s landed.
And all-in-all, it’s just plain fun. Think beach read goes to Chicago and comes back to beach.