Tuesday, 6 May 2014
Review: Misunderstandings by Tiffany King
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
Format: Paperback / eBook
Released: May 6th, 2014
Just when she thought things were going up… Two years after a devastating breakup, Brittni Mitchell has moved on from Justin Avery—or so she tells herself. But when she returns to Seattle for her best friend’s engagement party, Brittni finds herself the victim of a disastrously timed elevator breakdown. She’s trapped with the last person she wants to face, and forced to recount the past she desperately wants to forget. She’s going to have to look back… Now she’s stuck with Justin—literally—and the complicated web of misunderstandings that tied up the truth for two years is about to unravel.
I love finding new-to-me authors who write excellent New Adult books, and that's exactly what happened here. Before receiving Misunderstandings for review, I'd never heard of Tiffany King and her books, but now I have three to read! Misunderstandings is a fantastic look at a mature college-based relationship and what can go wrong when words and actions are misconstrued.
This book flits back and forth between two time frames: before and after. It shows Brittni and Justin's relationship from conception to end, filling in many blanks along the way and culminating in a present day elevator ride neither of them will ever forget. Their relationship is a great one to read about, full of passion and love and an underlying feeling that these two will be together forever. As is often the way, something happens that causes a rift between Brittni and Justin, and for them it's an event that ruins everything. The intensity of this is shown perfectly, and I really felt for them. Misunderstandings are the worst, especially when there's a perfectly good explanation waiting to find its way to the surface, but sometimes it's just too late.
I liked both Brittni and Justin equally, and if I had to I couldn't possibly pick a favourite. They compliment each other so well, they respect each other and they have a crazy connection. I was rooting for them right from the start, hoping they'd get together, stay together and live happily ever after. Unfortunately, life isn't a fairytale, and Tiffany King does a great job of exploring that ideal we've all grown up believing in. Justin's family are also brilliant, as is Brittni's somewhat difficult relationship with her mother. The dialogue used is realistic and witty, exactly how I'd imagine characters of this age to talk. There are no Dawson's Creek monologues here!
Misunderstandings is a fantastic start to the Woodfalls Girls series, and I can't wait to read more from this author. This is intelligent, well-written NA that doesn't rely on sexual content to tell a story. There is a bit of that dotted throughout the novel, but it's not too in-your-face and is never the whole point of Brittni and Justin. I really appreciate that when it comes to New Adult books, because not everything in life is about sex. Feelings are heavily involved too, and that's what Tiffany King focuses on here. Make sure you add this one to your wishlists - it's so worth your time!