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My Week with Him

My Week with Him

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I don't often pay much attention to the synopsis so I went into this pretty much blind; I expected a sweet YA romcom and although it wasn't quite that, it was incredible and I'm so so glad the author went in the direction she did! This could have made her a bitter or mean character, but once again, Goffney has taken something that could have gone very badly, and made it absolutely gut-wrenchingly good. Nikki is unhappy and struggling with life problems, especially with her relationship with her mum and disappreance of sister.

while i am more familiar with east texas, i could still picture some of the setting since i’ve visited west texas, so i enjoyed this aspect. She knew what would benefit her, even if she couldn't quite name it - she needed the audition because it gave her the independence, the confidence, the validation, the out, and she didn't let anyone take that away from her, while still maintaining caring for her sister and allowing herself the peace that Mal brought her. She's both vulnerable and resilient, she takes care of her little sister but also needs to be taken care of; she exhausts herself trying to protect her heart from disappointment but still secretly kindles a hope that things will change. It doesn’t excuse anything and I damn sure still don’t like her, but you can tell how much Nikki needed her mom’s love. A big part of Mal’s and Nikki’s friendship happens before this story and that sort of already established relationship is always tricky to pull off, but I thought it was done well.I'm not the target audience for a book like this and unfortunately I found some things predictable while others I found a little unbelievable. When her best friend, Malachai, discovers her plan, he begs her to spend the remainder of spring break with him, so he can show her all the reasons she should stay in Texas.

I love how soft Mal was- he made a stupid choice at the start but he was allowed to grow and come back from that and I didn't feel the defensive need to hold that against him (I tend to be unforgiving when it comes to love interests making mistakes oops). I have a massive soft spot for the best friends to lovers trope, if well done, and it was so well done here. I love how this author includes family dynamics into her stories so flawlessly because it really makes these characters feel real. this book also did a good job of showing that you can see your parents as people who make mistakes while also not wanting to let them back in a position to hurt you once again.In high school, she challenged herself with to-do lists full of risk-taking items like ‘hug a random boy’ and ‘eat a cricket,’ which inspired her debut novel. But, it does add a layer of complexity that may be useful in starting further discussions with young readers surrounding such a sensitive topic. At one point I was almost rooting against their relationship because I was worried she would give up the audition for him but I really shouldn't have worried because the way that was handled was flawless. I loved the time-keeping, it would've been very easy to shove too much into a week but the time-stamps and the way events unfolded was done very skilfully, which made it read like just a very busy week!

Taking a slightly darker tone than her previous books, the story centres around eighteen year old Nikki and the toxic relationship with her abusive mother. Until her best friend and long-time crush, Malachai, discovers her plan and convinces her to spend spring break with him, so he can show her all the reasons she should stay in Texas. This was my second Joya Goffney book, and it was pretty different from the first one I read, her debut, but I again really liked it. I’ve loved all her books, including this one, but there were a few points where it felt like it was extra chaotic, and I could have sat in one storyline a bit longer. Loved the cover of the book cover which was full of figures and colours, which was totally mesmerizing, which is what attracted me initially.But when Nikki’s little sister goes missing their plans are interrupted, and Nikki is forced to face her feelings about both her mum and Mal. Nikki never really seemed all that concerned about being made homeless, the story just assumed she had safety nets that aren't really very realistic, eg. This was so beautiful - that she could acknowledge that her sister needs to un/learn the same things she does and that when she hurt her it was just an attempt to protect herself.



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