A new adult novel from Entangled’s Embrace imprint… Sometimes it takes letting go of the past to find out who you want to be.During his semester abroad, Griffin Reed almost gave his heart to a girl who loved someone else. Lesson learned. Now he’s home, where following in his father’s footsteps may not be what he wants, but it’s what his parents expect. It might be taking the easy road, but he doesn’t see a way out.Something that could have killed Maggie Kendall took away the person she used to be instead. Her condition makes her dependent on sticky notes, photos, and medication just to get through each day. The last thing she needs is a distraction—or someone new to disappoint.What they refuse to see is they are perfect for each other. Maggie makes Griffin want to be a better man, and he makes her believe a future is possible. But these two have to find a way to share the secrets ripping them apart, if they’re ever going to have a chance at happiness.
I have been very fortunate lately in reading some fabulous books, but What If has to be one of the best romances I have EVER read! Yes, I said EVER! It was raw, real, and utterly breathtakingly beautiful! My emotions were all over the map…anger, awe, tears, and yes, finally happiness!!!
“What if someone like her could have fallen for someone like me? How different would I be now? Would Maggie trust me enough to let me all the way past her walls? What I let her past mine?” ~Griffin~
What If is the second book in the If Only….series, and we finally get Griffin’s story. It is literally fate that brings Maggie into Griffin’s life. After their first meeting, they can’t seem to forget one another which is miraculous for Maggie. You see, she suffered a brain aneurysm which has greatly affected her memory. However, Griffin doesn’t pick up on this. He has issues of his own. As they embark on a “non-dating” (yeah right) relationship, the boundaries they have set up begin to blur. They have to let go of their issues and trust one another, but that is easier said than done.
What If hit closely to home for me. My father-in-law, one of the most precious men in my life, suffered a brain aneurysm and survived. Pine clearly did her research and did it well. She very accurately portrayed the issues that survivors have to endure. Memories are precious things, and Maggie has to work extremely hard to remember hers. Even though there were times I wanted to slap her to clearly see Griffin and his change, she was an inspiration. I know how difficult the recovery period is for someone who has suffered a traumatic brain injury, but I never thought how much it would impact such a young person who has her whole life ahead of her. As she would struggle with her self-esteem, she failed to see how much she helped Griffin grow into the person he was meant to be. And, Griffin brought laughter and light into her life. They truly complemented each other; I don’t think I will ever forget Maggie and Griffin. I hope that people who know someone who has suffered such a tragic thing will find beauty and hope in this novel. Truly outstanding read!!!!!
AJ writes stories to break readers’ hearts, but don’t worry–she’ll mend those hearts with a happily ever after…maybe. The first book she wrote was YA, but now she’s two-timing her first love with NA. She’s always in the middle of reading two to three books, adores online shopping (everything from groceries to shoes), and she still loves vampires, whether it’s Eric Northman or the Salvatore brothers. When she’s not writing, AJ is sneaking off to her day job as a high school English teacher or hanging with her husband and kids in the Chicago burbs.