Since Forever Ago by Olivia Besse

Title: Since Forever Ago
Author: Olivia Besse
Genre: New Adult
Rating: ★★★★

Synopsis: Fresh off the heels of a devastating breakup, Riley Benson is a mess. But with her ingenious plan to become a ball-busting heartbreaker herself, she’s pretty sure she’ll survive. After all, what better way is there to get revenge than to move on?

Riley’s determined to become the perfect bachelorette—she’s going to drink like a bro, belch like a beast and swear so much that she’ll make even the most seasoned sailors blush. After all, those are the qualities that every guy’s secretly looking for…. aren’t they?

Max Fletcher is in love with the girl who gave him chicken pox and his first broken leg. When his best friend seems to finally be out of the picture, he can’t help but want to keep Riley all to himself. And, after coaching her with the very best of the very worst love advice, it seems as if he might actually get what he’s wanted after all those years. But just as the two come to the realization that they’re actually kind of perfect for each other, along comes a secret that threatens to tear them apart.

*I received this as an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

I am literally making non human noises in reaction to Since Forever Ago. No Lie. I’m not even sure a coherent review is possible at this point. But it was really great and I highly recommend it.

What makes it so great is the amount of cringe and gush inducing scenes that happen within pages of each other. It’s like watching a train wreck. You know something bad is happening, but you can’t look away. And normally, that’s really bad. I feel like putting this in a book review will turn readers off because I know that this book has already turned readers off.

Besse has been commenting on the book saying that her characters are realistic college students, and that’s why they are the way that they are. But as a recent college grad I can tell you that I never did anything like Riley. My drinking was far less binge like, I had set goals of where I wanted to be after college, and I never serial dated. Still, though, it was fun to be inside the head of someone who was so over the top. Because I’d never be like that in real life, no matter how tempted I would be (and believe me, there are plenty of times).

These characters are whiny, insecure, bad advice givers who are trying to find love through the haze of alcohol and sex. There is a lot of both. And swearing. So much swearing. I found myself cursing the characters out loud when something particularly awful happened.

I’m not a fan of sex scenes, and there are two particularly detailed ones in this novel. I had to skim over them, but I didn’t find that it distracted me from being swept up in the story.

I really did enjoy this book. It’s full of insecurity and surprise and countless mistakes, which is everything I want in a book about young adults.

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