Girls*Heart* Books: 'Why Can't I Be You?' by Allie Larkin Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

'Why Can't I Be You?' by Allie Larkin Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway

Author: Allie Larkin


Release date: February 26, 2013
Publisher: Plume
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Women’s Contemporary Fiction

WHY CAN’T I BE YOU takes its name from a 1987 hit song from English rock band The Cure. All her life, Jenny Shaw toed the line, striving to be the perfect colleague, girlfriend, and daughter – a path that has led her to an unhappy (though successful) career, a failed relationship, and all-but-severed family ties. On her way to the airport for her first business trip, she is unceremoniously dumped by the man she thought she would one day marry. In her haze of shock and confusion, she responds to the wrong name when Myra Aberly, organizer of Seattle ’s Mt. Si class of 1999’s thirteenth high-school reunion, shouts “Jessie!” across the hotel lobby. 

In an instant, Jenny Shaw becomes Jessie Morgan, a woman to whom she bears an uncanny resemblance. She is immediately embraced by Jessie’s warm circle of friends – and gains a possible love interest. But when Jenny becomes more and more curious about Jessie’s history, she uncovers a trail of secrets, pain and deceit that inspires her to uncover the truth that will heal her own painful past.

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I have to admit right off the bat that the main reason I even glanced  twice at this book was it's title. I'm a huge fan of The Cure and I immediately said "OOH I MUST read this book!" And then I read the synopsis and I was completely hooked. Who hasn't wished to step into someone else's shoes for just a day? To escape their own past and present issues; to simply get lost for a little while in someone else's reality. I know I have. And I'm sure most of you have as well. 

The story is told from the perspective of Jenny Shaw, the main character in Why Can't I Be You?. I cannot even begin to express how much I absolutely LOVED this book and Jenny's character.  She is funny, quirky and really easy to relate to. At first, I was shaking my head at her but after a few chapters, I was cheering her on and hoping she could somehow find a way to stay Jessie Morgan without anyone getting hurt. 

  I devoured this book in an afternoon, I could not put it down.  This book was absolutely heartbreakingly wonderful from beginning to end. Not a misstep in the entire story.I loved it. Funny and fast-paced, Jenny's story pulls you in and sinks its teeth into your heart. My emotions ran the gamut while I read-crying one second and laughing out loud the next.  I have been telling everyone I know about it ever since. So, dear readers I will tell you, as well. Go out NOW and find this book and READ it! I promise, you will not regret it! 

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Allie Larkin is the internationally bestselling author of the novel Stay, and the upcoming novel Why Can’t I Be You (2013). She lives with her husband, Jeremy, their two German Shepherds, Argo and Stella, and a three-legged cat.

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