Review: Come Back to Me by Coleen Patrick

Publishers: Coleen Patrick
Published Date: April 10th 2013
From: NetGalley
My rating: 3 out of 5


Whitney Denison can’t wait to start over.

She thought she had everything under control, that her future would always include her best friend Katie… Until everything changed.

Now her life in Bloom is one big morning after hangover, filled with regret, grief, and tiny pinpricks of reminders that she was once happy. A happy she ruined. A happy she can’t fix.

So, she is counting down the days until she leaves home for Colson University, cramming her summer with busywork she didn’t finish her senior year, and taking on new hobbies that involve glue and glitter, and dodging anyone who reminds her of her old life.

When she runs into the stranger who drove her home on graduation night, after she’d passed out next to a ditch, she feels herself sinking again. The key to surviving the summer in Bloom is unraveling whatever good memories she can from that night.

But in searching for answers, she’ll have to ask for help and that means turning to Evan, the stranger, and Kyle, Katie’s ex-boyfriend. Suddenly, life flips again, and Whitney finds herself on not only the precipice of happy but love, too, causing her to question whether she can trust her feelings, or if she is falling into her old patterns of extremes.

As she uncovers the truth about her memories, Whitney sees that life isn’t all or nothing, and that happy isn’t something to wait for, that instead, happy might just be a choice.


I liked this book. It mainly dealt with real life teenage issues, mostly alcoholism and dealing with death of a loved one. One significant party in particular led to Whitney losing her memory completely, wrecking her car, and resulted in seeing her dead best friends ghost.

For me this was one I had to see through to the end. Not only to piece all the puzzle parts together but also to find out how Evan was involved with the great mystery.

My only problem was the length of the book. The narration did ramble a lot, and various topics were discussed at length repeatedly at various stages of the book. Katie was mentioned on nearly every page which brought me to believe Whitney actually had a very unhealthy relationship with her so called best friend before she died. Again this is discussed many times and is drawn out in the conclusion of the book.

This more of a journey to travel along, not an romance discovery themed book as I originally thought but still definitely worth a read.

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