Yours And Mine
(Freshman Forty #2)
Publication date: February 10th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
The highly anticipated sequel to Positively Mine….
Picking up from the dramatic ending of Positively Mine, Yours and Mine continues the Freshman Forty series as we meet Danny Santoro, Laurel’s baby’s father, for the first time.
It’s been almost a year since he last saw her, that sultry morning she walked off the beach before dawn had even cracked the August sky. It seemed from her silence, she was out of his life forever.
But Laurel’s timing couldn’t be worse to tell him he’s a father. The last year hasn’t been easy. Danny’s own father was arrested for a DUI, his mother moved out, and Danny started sleeping with his brother’s old high school, drug-abusing girlfriend.
After Laurel shocks him with the news, she attempts to relinquish Danny of any parental responsibility leading to a heated custody battle. In an unorthodox arrangement, an eccentric judge orders Danny and Laurel to spend alternating weekends with each other for the upcoming school year.
Told from Danny’s point of view, Yours and Mine explores the second chapter of a romance that never got off the ground, the challenges of young parenting, and the hope of rekindled love.
5* Engaging read
I don’t normally read young adult novels because I tend to be annoyed by the characters typically depicted in this genre. NOT THIS ONE. I’m sure the fact that the book is told from Danny’s perspective had an enormous influence in my enjoyment of Yours and Mine. I’m a sucker for male POV, both as a reader and a writer. And his does not disappoint.
Christine Duval did a great job fleshing out the characters and developing interesting settings and interactions, which are realistic and believable. I’m too old to control my eye-rolling at some situations, but that just proves my point that the book is well-written and in touch with reality. I’d never knock off stars in a review for disagreeing with the characters or plot, as long as they are well-rounded, if you know what I mean.
I don’t do write spoilers because I don’t appreciate reading them, but I can safely say that I was able to follow the story without having read the first book. I’m sure I’d have a different opinion about Laurel’s character if I had read her side of the story in the first installment. However, not reading it didn’t prevent me from understanding the plot in the second book. Again, in my opinion, this is evidence of the author’s ability to tell a story.
If you are a fan of YA, Yours and Mine is a must-read. If you’re not, Yours and Mine is a must-read because you couldn’t ask for a better way to start.
Christine Duval lives in New Jersey with her family. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Women Who Write, and the Authors Guild.
When not creating fictional characters or organizing carpools, you can find her walking through houses and writing about them for an upscale real estate company. She also has an extensive social media background and has worked for several well-known magazines.
Find her online at http://www.christineduval.com or on Twitter @christineduval1.