Thursday, March 13, 2014

Book Review: BETTER by Carey Heywood

Genre: New Adult Contemporary
Publication Date: February 17, 2014


Aubrey is embarking on a bucket list trip around the world, the last wish of her Aunt Ally. It was supposed to be the trip Ally would take when she got better. Now it's just a chance for Aubrey to say goodbye.

Adam escapes in his solo trips overseas, working just enough to fund the next one. When the opportunity to circle the globe falls in his lap he can't refuse. The only catch, he won't be traveling alone this time.

Unable to hide from each other Adam's overprotective nature thwarts Aubrey's desire to find her own way. Can they move past initial assumptions to find something better?



This is a beautiful and inspiring story about self discovery, grieving, and hope. I really enjoyed reading this book, it was very touching yet it has some great funny moments. I loved the combination!

Aubrey has a very special bond with her aunt Ally as they have loved each other like sisters all her life. So when Aubrey loses her aunt due to cancer she's left completely heartbroken and lost without her best friend. But it's her dear best friend who sends her on a trip of a lifetime to discover herself. The only problem with this promising trip is that Aubrey is not going alone. She's persuaded by her parents to travel with a companion...

At first the idea of being stuck with a stranger on her trip sounds like a very bad idea to Aubrey but once she meets Adam she's not so sure anymore. Yes, there's attraction, an attraction she tries to ignore because the purpose and meaning of this trip are more important than anything. However, as their adventure unfolds banters, protectiveness, comforting, and again attraction play great influence on making their relationship confusing and tempting. The big question is... What happens when the trip is over? Can Aubrey finally say goodbye to her aunt? Can she continue with her life after meeting Adam?

I loved the actual traveling in this book. I got to visualize so many beautiful places and connect them to the story. Aubrey was such an eloquent narrator so I enjoyed her descriptions of every place and the significance behind it. It was quite moving.

This story was inspired by actual events and in the book Carey gives some insights into those events. I loved that Carey shared that as it made me appreciate the story even more.♥

This was definitely an awesome read. Fun characters and a beautiful sweet-soulful story, what's not to like?! ;)

Favorite Quotes:

"He reaches up to brush some hair off my face, his hand coming back to hold my check. "What are you doing to me?" It's more a statement than a questions."

"I'm his garden, and he's my Adam, the first."


About the Author:
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author. I make up stuff and write it down. Here are some things that make up who I am, in no particular order; Books, Swedish Fish, Rivers, Kids (I have some), Husband (I have 1), Dog, Wuss, Reader, Elephants, Mermaid Shows, Belgian Chocolate, Plastic Rings, Fizzy Water, Abs (I don’t have them…well yes, I have them but they’re nothing to look at I meant Abs that I like to look at), Twitter (@careylolo), Making up Words, Chair Dancing, Old Movies, Cartoons, Belgian Waffles, Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, People, Kayaks, Screen Porches, Laughing, Colored Paperclips, Junky Green Laptop, Golden Rule, Falling in Love, Jumping in Puddles, Spellcheck, Windy Days.

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