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Friday, July 25, 2014

JUST CALL MY NAME by Holly Goldberg Sloan {Review}

"Review by Books" Review by J 

Just Call My Name 
(I’ll Be There #2) 
by Holly Goldberg Sloan
Page Count: 352
Genre: YA/Contemporary
Rating: 4.5/5 
The happily-ever-after of Holly Goldberg Sloan's acclaimed debut, I'll Be There, is turned on its head in this riveting, emotional sequel about friends, enemies, and how those roles can shift in a matter of moments.

Emily Bell has it all. She's in love with a boy named Sam Border, and his little brother has become part of her family. This summer is destined to be the best time of their lives--until a charismatic new girl in town sets her sights on Sam. Now Emily finds herself questioning the loyalty of the person she thought she could trust most.

But the biggest threat to her happiness is someone she never saw coming. Sam's criminally insane father, whom everyone thought they'd finally left behind, is planning a jailbreak. And he knows exactly where to find Emily and his sons when he escapes...and takes his revenge.
If you haven't read I'LL BE THERE, check out Janeth's review here!

Just Call My Name is a very strong sequel to a book that I absolutely loved. Sam and Riddle’s story is heartbreaking while inspiring, and their character development is extraordinary; Sam is now attending college, he has his own flat, car, and cell phone. Riddle has new (quite stylish) glasses, is learning to read and write, and is making new friends while trying to form a healthy relationship with his new brother, Jared. The writing is almost lyrical, making it very smooth and easy to read. Choosing to write these books in third-person was genius; it follows around multiple characters while perfectly capturing all of their feelings and ideas. Holly doesn’t helicopter around a situation for too long; each scene, or in other words, each character’s current event/issue at hand, is the perfect length and pulls out just the right amount of information without going overboard or being too vague.

This book is a refreshing change from the many stories that choose to focus on a single couple. I’ll Be There and Just Call My Name is mainly focused on family. Of course Sam and Emily have their moments when they spend time together and talk, but this is not the main focal point of the story. In these books, family is everything; they depend on each other to stay strong. When Sam and Riddle join the Bell family, their lives all flip upside-down. Sam and Riddle's maniac father, Clarence Border, is now on the run, and he has plans for Emily. Sam and Bobby, (Emily’s friend from school who is kind of creepy if you ask me), join together to solve the situation at hand near the end of the book (which I will not say due to spoiling purposes). All the teamwork that occurs and the new relationships that form unexpectedly are quite remarkable.

Also, a new character is introduced towards the beginning of this book. Let me just say that at first, I was not a big fan of Destiny. Like Sam said, I felt that she just wanted to use people to get what she wanted. I didn’t like her attitude and her boldness was annoying to me. (This, in no way, affects my thoughts of the book. The character just is who she is.) But I was surprised at how much she has changed by the end. I am quite satisfied with the result.

Each event unfolds beautifully and runs together very smoothly. Yes, some things in the story that happen are oddly coincidental, but nonetheless I still enjoyed reading this book very much. I am so glad that I came across this series, and if you haven’t read I’ll Be There yet, you definitely should. You won’t forget it.
--Review by J--
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