I read these two books back to back (believe me, you’ll want to do the same) so I’m going to review them here back to back.
We Thought We Were Invincible was one of those stories that took me by surprise. I knew it would be emotional from the cover, but never expected in what ways. This wasn’t all angst and romance. Yes, there was romance, but also great depth. Lynn never allows this story to become about one problem, but the overarching problems in life. Which makes this book real, because rarely do we face only one obstacle at a time. The author touches on so many intense situation and issues with beautiful grace and realism.
The main character, Callie, isn’t likeable. At least not originally. But I don’t think she’s meant to be super likeable, she doesn’t even like herself much. But I came to like her as I she learned to love herself and let people in. Jamie seems shallow at the beginning, but shows a lot of depth as the story moves on.
There were a few situations or dialogue that seemed unlikely. I thought Callie would be more determined to discover the truth about her father earlier and a minor character, Morgan confused me at the end. I just didn’t understand how her and Callie became so tight again….it felt like they just suddenly were. Don’t get me wrong, I was glad for it, I just didn’t see how it happened. The ending of this book was realistic and I think it really brings to light the tough choices teens are forced to make concerning their futures. Essentially this book is high-school drama…the real, gritty drama of high school.
We Thought We Knew It All takes place ten years after the first book. I loved seeing Callie in the roll of a mother. She had matured a whole lot, but you could still see the girl from the first book. Jamie is great in this book. More tortured and yet softer than before. My biggest complaint about this book is that I wanted more. I wanted to read more about Jamie and Jay repairing their relationship. I wanted to know more about Morgan and her husband and that situation. I wanted more interaction with our two main characters. I wanted more scenes with the kids, Callie, and Jamie. But I can’t really find much fault with writing that made me want more. All in all, this was a great ending to two books that will really stick with you…making you want, well, more!