You Say It First

You Say It First

Book - 2020
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One conversation can change everything. Meg has her entire life set up perfectly: she and her best friend, Emily, plan to head to Cornell together in the fall, and she volunteers at a voter registration call center in her Philadelphia suburb. But everything changes when one of those calls connects her to a stranger from small-town Ohio. Colby is stuck in a rut, reeling from a family tragedy and working a dead-end job. The last thing he has time for is some privileged rich girl preaching the sanctity of the political process. So he says the worst thing he can think of and hangs up. But things don't end there. That night on the phone winds up being the first in a series of candid, sometimes heated, always surprising conversations that lead to a long-distance friendship and then, slowly, to something more. Across state lines and phone lines, Meg and Colby form a once-in-a-lifetime connection. But in the end, are they just too different to make it work?
Publisher: New York : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2020.
ISBN: 9780062674128
0062674129
Characteristics: 352 pages ; 22 cm.

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Jul 20, 2020

As a romance, I didn't enjoy this story. At nearly every encounter, the H/h argue to the point of retreat. I couldn't find a single reason for them to be attracted to each other. At least for Colby, anyway. He was a great character with believable depth and a wonderful outlook on society. Meg, on the other hand, was hard to like. Her feminist outlook was so extreme that she instigated arguments and debates with nearly everyone she encountered, even strangers. I like strong characters, but sometimes strength comes in restraint. I've highly enjoyed two of this author's previous books with a much higher rating than the reader average, but I have to agree with the majority rating on this one.

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