Author: Eric Smith
Publisher: Inkyard Press
Released: November 2, 2021
You Can Go Your Own Way is the latest novel to come from the mind of Eric Smith. It’s a young adult romance, with several other surprising elements woven into the mix. In other words, it is precisely the sort of reading I was looking for (you guys know I love genre-blending books).
Adam Stillwater knows that he has no business trying to run his father’s business – a pinball arcade in need of some help. But he can’t just walk away from the only thing he has left of his father even when everyone else is telling him to do exactly that.
Then there’s Whitney Mitchell. She doesn’t really have anybody in her life at the moment, having been quite literally uprooted recently against her wishes. Mostly, Whitney keeps herself busy by running a social media page for her dad’s business – which involves insulting/roasting the pinball arcade nearby. You can imagine how this is going to turn out.
First, let’s address the elephant in the room, yes? The real reason I picked up You Can Go Your Own Way is because it is totally using a Fleetwood Mac song for the title. That’s both clever and hilarious. So it instantly succeeded in getting my attention.
The second thing that drew me in was how relatable the characters were. Adam and Whitney’s situations are so…human. It’s easy to picture living in their shoes, drama and all. It’s the perfect foundation for an endearing romance, don’t you think?
Finally, I’ll admit that I am fond of the enemies-to-lovers trope, which You Can Go Your Own Way has in spades. If this is a trope you adore, then you really ought to check this book out. Oh! And did I mention there’s so much banter? Especially as insults are slung back and forth. It makes for a fun read.
Thanks to Inkyard Press and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.
Great review! I like the cover art and the title (I grew up with that Fleetwood Mac song) but I don’t really like romance. It’s kind of surprising to see a guy writing in the YA romance genre.
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I don’t read much romance either- I’ve been trying to break out of my normal boundaries though, and this was a nice change!
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