Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Tori Review: "If Only" by A.J. Pine

Title: If Only
Author: A.J. Pine
Genre: New Adult
Publication: March 24, 2014
Pages: 342


Sometimes it takes crossing an ocean to figure out where you belong.

It's been two years since twenty-year-old Jordan had a boyfriend—which means it's been forever since she, well, you know. But now she’s off to spend her junior year in Aberdeen, Scotland, the perfect place to stop waiting for Mr. Right and just enjoy Mr. Right Now.

Sexy, sweet (and possible player) Griffin may be her perfect, no-strings-attached match. He’s fun, gorgeous, and makes her laugh. So why can’t she stop thinking about Noah who, minutes after being trapped together outside the train’s loo, kisses Jordan like she’s never been kissed before? Never mind his impossible blue eyes, his weathered, annotated copy of The Great Gatsby (total English-major porn)…oh, and his girlfriend.

Jordan knows everything this year has an expiration date. Aberdeen is supposed to be about fun rather than waiting for life to happen. But E. M. Forster, Shakespeare, and mistletoe on Valentine’s Day make her reconsider what love is and how far she’s willing to go for the right guy.

When If Only landed on my radar during the busy holiday season, I could barely contain my frustration at having to postpone our rendezvous in favor of hot chocolate and presents. Such a tough decision, I know. But…finally…I was able to curl up away from the chaos and found myself on a train bound for Scotland.

I was pleasantly taken with Jordan and I appreciated how she handled her dilemma when presented with two beautiful boys. While I’m not usually one for instaromance with two meet-cutes and a kiss all rolled into the first few pages, I actually found myself quite taken with Noah. I mean, really?  A hot boy in the close confines of a train (with a wonderfully tattered copy of The Great Gatsby I might add) whose kiss manages to achieve that perfect-world-series-status that a girl never forgets…who wouldn’t be silently rooting for him?

Pine definitely delivered on the immature antics of relationships (or triangles as present here) that tend to happen when dealing with the college years. When I wanted to groan at the characters for being obtuse, I had to stop and remember that I had no room to talk. I certainly had my fair share of such antics. Yikes. Flashbacks, indeed.

One thing I just really wanted to see more of was…Scotland. I was so excited about the fact that Jordan was going to be heading to Aberdeen. But alas, there were large sections of the book where I felt like I was in my own backyard. However, with that being said, I adored the interactions with the characters native to Aberdeen as well as Jordan’s roommate. Elaina: a Greek girl with an attitude! I couldn’t help but happily chuckle at her to-the-point stance on life.

Also, I have never read A Room with a View by E.M. Forrester. But after such beautifully placed quotes between the chapters…it is absolutely on my future to-read list…along with the second book in the If Only series, What If.

Until next time,


  Tori is a  24 year old tiny oddball of a woman who ardently loves rainy days and festive repartee. A college graduate, she holds a degree in communications with an emphasis on writing for media. Tori is currently an Assistant librarian working towards getting her Master's in Library Science. You will not find it surprising that this Auggie-Talk Co-Blogger is a passionate devotee of impulsive bookstore perusing and reading far past the point of exhaustion.

No comments:

Post a Comment