Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Review: 3 Sides to a Circle by Jolene Perry and Janna Watts

Title: 3 Sides to a Circle
Author: Jolene Perry and Janna Watts
Series: N/A
Release Date: February 25, 2013
Publisher: Next Door Books
Format: eBook, 205 pages
Genre: YA, romance, contemporary
Source: blog tour
Love is the ultimate rush.

Freshman year of college isn't easy. But with a friend like Libby Patterson, it is unforgettable.

Libby is honest and fearless and adorable. She's the girl on campus that everyone knows. The life of every party. Infectious and addictive, Libby captivates all those around her. Particularly her roommate Honor and their boy bestie Toby.

But three isn't always a magic number. And there's more to this trio than what everyone sees.

When Honor finds herself falling for an artist, and Libby doesn’t approve, and Toby finds himself watching Libby more than he should...the sides of their circle become strained.

The three are suddenly stretched between friendship, love and taking sides. They must fight to hold on to each other. But the tighter the hold, the harder it gets. Especially when Libby's unpredictability turns dangerous. Now it's up to Honor and Toby to save her from the downward spiral that could break their circle for good.
3 Sides to a Circle is a light romance co-wrote by a pair of promising writers, one of them whose works I have read before, about three friends who end up with a tense relationship with each other because of the strain of disapproval, and whether they'd learn to accept each other's changes or let their friendship torn apart.

Previously, I criticized one of Jolene Perry's books for lack of diversity in the character's voices, and I am very happy to say that this is not at all evident in 3 Sides to a Circle. I could hear the difference in Honor's perfectionist personality, Libby's general free-spirited-ness, and Toby's . . . guy voice, which I especially enjoyed. In 3 Sides to a Circle, we have this wonderful male PoV that I think fits perfectly into the story. Personally, I wouldn't know how a dude would sound like, but Toby sounds like a genuine teenage boy. In fact, the entire honesty of the story really drew me in, from the lack of the inclination to shower from Thomas, Toby's roommate, to the casual conversations between the three friends.

As for the plot, it was at an easy-going pace that I've come to expect and appreciate of contemporary reads, and has a very relaxing lull to it. It works its way across the story, never in a rush, but fast enough that you know the book's getting somewhere. All I had to do was settle in for the ride, kick my feet up, and let our wonderful authors work their magic.

Lastly, another thing I absolutely admire about 3 Sides to a Circle was the symbolism. Take, for example, the title. That was the first thing that drew me to this book and made me sign up for the blog tour. It's a bit obvious that a circle's not three-sided, but the symbolism behind it is just unbelievable. The three friends literally round each other out. Whatever fault one may have, another would come in and add something to counteract that fault, or even make it into something good. The three of them make each other better people, in a way that I think is a very important part about friendships.

In the end, 3 Sides to a Circle is a book I'll always keep in my heart, with its spectacular writing and just overall wonderful-ness, but I didn't think that it had that extra spark I really love. It's really just a thing of personal preference, so I would definitely recommend it as a perfect YA contemporary read for just about anybody.
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