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Publisher's Summary

A new novel by the USA Today and Wall Street Journal best-selling author of The Breathing Series...

What if you had a second chance to meet someone for the first time?

Cal Logan is shocked to see Nicole Bentley sitting across from him at a coffee shop thousands of miles from their hometown. After all, no one has seen or heard from her since they graduated over a year ago.

Except this girl isn't Nicole.

She looks exactly like Cal's shy childhood crush, but her name is Nyelle Preston and she has no idea who he is. This girl is impulsive and daring, her passion for life infectious. The complete opposite of Nicole. Cal finds himself utterly fascinated - and falling hard. But Nyelle is also extremely secretive. And the closer he comes to finding out what she's hiding, the less he wants to know.

When the secrets from the past and present collide, one thing becomes clear: Nothing is what it seems.

©2015 Rebecca Donovan (P)2014 Hachette Audio

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  • Karenhi
  • Washington, D.C.
  • 06-02-17

Predictable

Not a believable story..her other books were great but this one was disappointing. The audio for this is terrible...I never knew who was talking, used the same voice for everyone ... it made a bad book even worse

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I liked the story but listening to it was hard for me.

There are lots of time jumps in this novel as well as memory flashbacks so it was confusing at times. I felt that there could have been more emphasis during some of these parts especially the memory flashbacks so that it's easier to recognize when listening. Overall the story was good but didn't blow me away like her "breathing series"

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Amazing story, I was hooked from the start.

Rebecca Donovan is an author I will never stop reading. Love this story, I wish there was more.

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Chaotic and crazy

I love RD's Breathe Series....but this was a chaotic book with numerous branches that never develop. The explanation of what has really happened comes out of left field and really is not believable at all. Honestly I was feeling there was a major mental health twist....which honestly may have made more sense. The performance is by far the WORST part. There is only a female performer....although a good bit of the book is from the male perspective. The performer tries to use several versions of her voice does not change enough and the flashbacks and character changes have no warning. I desperately wanted to know why/if the the girl was his childhood friend....but it was painful to accomplish.

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  • Monique
  • Las Vegas, NV USA
  • 02-25-15

Great Story!

I didn't think this story would be as good as it was. The author does a great job at keeping readers on their toes. Even though the story is ultimately a love story, It's driven by the mystery of who Nyell is, and what happened in the past.
It started slow, but I was engaged through most of the story and very entertained!

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Good book<br />

This was a really sweet story. Interesting characters. I didn't enjoy it as much as her Breathe series, but still well written.

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Unexpected Enjoyment

If you like teenage love stories. This book is for you. Starts with a mysterious girl who you will enjoy learning about.

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Another GREAT Rebecca Donovan book!

I love her books!! She has such a gift for writing and this one continues to prove that! Highly recommend this book!

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  • A.C.
  • Calabasas, CA USA
  • 03-18-18

Short version: HATED it. Long version: see below

I wanted to love this book; I really did (as I thoroughly enjoyed the Breathe Series and found myself really invested in those characters), but throughout What If I spent the majority of the time despising one it's the main characters (Nyelle). I found her to be toxic and tremendously selfish. What could be considered a charming character trait (spontaneity) is, in her, exhibited as a selfish recklessness that blatantly disregards the feelings or concerns of those her actions affect. She imposes herself, her own aims on others without proper consideration for their feelings, possessions, time.... The main character, Cal, seems genuine and undeserving of such self-centeredness....but then again he seems to willingly join in the land of denial at the end so...

The fact that I didn't fast forward to the end during the last 8 chapters - just to get it over with - is a testament to my borderline-super-human self-control. I seriously eyed that button so many times I lost count. I thought the first epilogue was the end and damn near cried when I realized I had to sit through one more tortuous chapter.

Needy Nicole needs actual, mental treatment, not to entangle the emotions of those around her into a pseudo relationship that she has doesn't seem to have the capability of seeing through. She's been in denial for over 3 years at this point - that's going to take more than a few months to repair.

As a reader, I found this book very frustrating, more so as it went on. I don't want highschool-aged people to read this book and think this type of behavior is a proper representation of what love is or should be. It's, at best, one-sided infatuation-like love (on the part of Cal) not properly or maturely returned by someone who doesn't seem truly capable of returning it (Nicole).

Save yourself time, and don't read this book. You're better off doing something else, anything else, with your life. Go read the breathe series. At least you'll have developed characters there that experience growth and resolution over time & the books aren't filled with gaping holes where basically reality/common sense should be.

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All the What Ifs

Rebecca Donovan has done a superb job with this book and the Breathing series as well. It will appeal to young adult and grownups as well. The book uses the premise of second chances, regrets, and getting life right.