What About Her
by Emma Tharp
Publication Date: March 3, 2017
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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It’s been six months since Willow left Kate Bergman’s college dorm room to go for an evening run…and never came back.
Everybody else who loved Willow is ready for closure, but something deep inside Kate says that her dearest childhood friend is somehow still alive. And that obstinate conviction is alienating all the people Kate loves most.
Even River McEwan is upset with her, and that’s the deepest blow of all. River was Willow’s boyfriend, but the three of them—Kate, Willow, and River—have been friends since childhood.
When a professor assigns Kate and River to be partners in a joint research project, Kate hopes it’s a chance to tear down the barrier between them, but instead faces an even bigger challenge. As she and River meet over the school project, their renewed friendship flares into something more.
Soon River is enticing Kate to do things she’s never dreamed of. But while she can’t imagine giving up River, Kate doesn’t know whether she can—or even should—stop wondering whether Willow will ever come home….
My Review – 4 Stars
Great writing! I can’t believe this is a debut for the author. I liked all of the characters. Each one was vastly different from the next with distinct personalities and uniquely relevant in the role they play in Kate’s life. The author did a great job of weaving a web of uncertainty and lies. It was easy for me to question Willow’s role in her disappearance since, like Kate, I didn’t believe she was dead as others kept pushing Kate to accept. I thought it odd that everyone wanted to just give up searching for Willow after 6 months. I mean, come on, people search for loved ones for years! I was also intrigued by Peg, River’s mom, and why her feelings were so strong in regard to Kate and her family.
I loved watching River and Kate finally accept their feelings and move forward from friends to lovers. I’m not a huge fan of YA stories because of the immaturity that sometimes seeps into their actions and words, so I was pleased with these characters. Yes, there was some uncertainty and self doubt, but that’s normal for any relationship and not over-the-top. It was also nice to have a college quarterback that wasn’t a playboy. River seemed pretty levelheaded, down-to-earth, and caring. Kate on the other hand did seem a bit meek and unsure of herself in general. I was happy the times she did decide to stand up for herself and hope to see much more of that in the next book.
Now you’re about to see how my mind works… These were some of the thoughts that were running through my head as I read this story. If you’ve read the book, I would love to hear if you imagined the same things and what you thought would happen (don’t leave spoilers please). If you haven’t read it and want to go into the book with a clear mind, you should probably stop now. I don’t give anything away in terms of the plot, though. Again, these are just the inner workings of my analytical mind.
– Seeing River and Kate together and learning of their history had me wondering why these two never got together before. River seemed to be harboring deep feelings for Kate, so why was he with Willow instead. I also thought it odd when we learned about how River and Willow’s relationship actually was. They just didn’t seem like a happy couple. Usually friends-to-lovers have that unique connection. They seemed almost like strangers to me.
– Also understanding how close the girls were and the fact that Kate molded her life to always be near Willow had me wondering if Willow felt like she might need to disappear in order to escape her life. And maybe she did this for Kate as well to sort of push her to finally stand on her own and take what she wanted from life.
– I also had a lot of opinions about Kyle and his strange behavior. Anyone else think he played a role in Willow’s disappearance? I’m glad Kate started to question it, too.
About Emma Tharp
Emma was raised in upstate NY. Being an only child, she spent a great deal of time alone dreaming up characters that would keep her company on long family road trips. Putting her writing on the back burner, she went to college and became a chiropractor. After spending 14 years healing patients, Emma decided—with the help of her amazingly supportive husband—to use the creative side of her brain and let her characters come to the page.
If she’s not writing, Emma can be found at the gym, one of her kids sporting events, Starbucks, or at a live music event.
A perfect day for Emma would be spent at her lake house with her husband, two ginger-haired children, and Vizsla, reading a book and drinking a large cup of coffee (or wine) with music playing in the background.