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Swear on This Life
Swear on This Life | Renee Carlino
From "USA TODAY" bestselling author Renee Carlino ("Before We Were Strangers"), a warm and witty novel about a struggling writer who must come to grips with her past, present, and future after she discovers that she s the inspiration for a pseudonymously published bestselling novel. When a bestselling debut novel from mysterious author J. Colby becomes the literary event of the year, Emiline reads it reluctantly. As an adjunct writing instructor at UC San Diego with her own stalled literary career and a bumpy long-term relationship, Emiline isn t thrilled to celebrate the accomplishments of a young and gifted writer. Yet from the very first page, Emiline is entranced by the story of Emerson and Jackson, two childhood best friends who fall in love and dream of a better life beyond the long dirt road that winds through their impoverished town in rural Ohio. That s because the novel is patterned on Emiline s own dark and desperate childhood, which means that J. Colby must be Jase: the best friend and first love she hasn t seen in over a decade. Far from being flattered that he wrote the novel from her perspective, Emiline is furious that he co-opted her painful past and took some dramatic creative liberties with the ending. The only way she can put her mind at ease is to find and confront J. Colby, but is she prepared to learn the truth behind the fiction?"
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sammisho
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I really enjoyed this cute story about first loves reconnecting after many years. I am a hopeless romantic, and strongly believe in fate so this was right up my alley. A little overly complicated at times, but a perfect read for my lazy Sunday.

And my last #newyearwhodis book! Thanks @veehabib! @monalyisha

monalyisha Cute! Love that you kept it going. 💖🙌🏻 9mo
sammisho @monalyisha I was on hold foreeeeeevvvver for this one! 9mo
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sammisho
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Left over birthday cupcakes for breakfast

BookFreakOut Breakfast of champions! 9mo
Megabooks 🎂👍🏻 9mo
britt_brooke Perfect! Happy birthday! (edited) 9mo
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CrowCAH Woohoo you enjoy your bday as long as possible! 🎂 9mo
Laughterhp Your socks look so cozy! Also, Happy Birthday! 9mo
LauraBeth Happy Birthday! 🎉🎉 9mo
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Kryssy14
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This was my first book of 2019! And I couldn‘t put it down. Immediately it is easy to read and flows so nicely. The characters are relatable and the hardship is palpable if you have personal experience. A beautiful story! I got to meet the author who is amazing and so down to earth- it‘s not surprising that she is as relatable as her books!

RaimeyGallant Nice review. :) And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 10mo
ProfReader Welcome to Litsy!!!💜💙♥️💙💜 9mo
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Lexicon1982
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Absolutely amazing meeting Renee Carlino! Hearing her stories, and her being so relatable was awesome! This is the first Renee Carlino Book I have read and in love with her writing. I felt so infatuated with Jase/Jackson and Emiline/Emerson that I could not put this book down! To call this book a “romance” is too limiting, this is more about how two people‘s lives are magnetic and intertwined by fate. Beautifully written and highly recommend!

BookwormAHN Welcome to Litsy 😺 10mo
CrowCAH Wow great pic! Welcome to the Litsy family!!! 10mo
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Purrfectpages Welcome to Litsy! 10mo
Lexicon1982 @CrowCAH thanks was super fun meeting her! 10mo
Kaylamburson Sounds like an amazing night! Welcome to Litsy!!! 10mo
Lexicon1982 Thank you all for the warm welcome! 10mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗📚 10mo
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veehabib
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"It‘s like reading a good book. The kind where you don‘t want to skip pages to see what happens at the end. Each moment is a story in itself."

*I loved this book from the first page, it was one that I didn't want to put down and when I had to put it down I couldn't wait to start reading it again.

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MrsGreen
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Easy read, made for excellent discussion at book club! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 stars

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Purrfectpages
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Mehso-so

This is my second Renee Carlino book and l have to say, the little things that bothered before bothered me here as well. Don't get me wrong, Carlino writes stories that keep you interested, but I never have a strong sense she knows where she wants her own stories to go. It's almost like she flips a coin and decides along the way. Yet while her writing is so unpredictable in so many ways, it's also oddly predictable. Does that make any sense?

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Purrfectpages
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I already had this one in my collection, so I‘m giving it a shot next. I‘ll let you know what I think @Hollie !

Hollie I hope you enjoy it! 😘 2y
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Kristyngansen
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Tell me about your book clubs. I‘m reading this one for an online reading group. Do you belong to any reading groups? Online or in real life?

Also, shout out the best book you‘ve read with a book club this year. 📖 #bookclub 🙂

CocoReads In my real life group we had 2 favorites. 2y
AmyG Our best was The Heart's Invisible Furies. I read it for here and my actual book club. 2y
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Kristyngansen @CocoReads Everything I never told you is a great one! I just finished her other book last week! I‘ve added Pearl to my list - it sounds great! 2y
Kristyngansen @AmyG oh, that is so on my list. I got it from BOTM but I haven‘t had a chance to read it yet! 2y
DivineDiana I belong to two real life book clubs and one from Litsy where we send books around the country to our members. Had a Book Club meeting today and everyone loved the book 2y
Kaylamburson I'm in one real life book club with my sister's co-workers, although I'd love to join another one that's a bit more book focused. It's gotten better, but originally they only read half a book every two months 😂. I did #LitsyBuddyRead last time with Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, and that was definitely my favorite book club read! 2y
Kristyngansen @Kaylamburson I know what you mean! I am in two real life book clubs, and sometimes I am the only one who read! I am happy to hear you liked Eleanor Oliphant - I grabbed it in my BOTM box this month! 2y
Kristyngansen @DivineDiana that sounds like a wonderful book. I‘ve added it to my tbr! 2y
Kaylamburson Yes, that's the worst! Why am I even reading the books they pick if no one wants to discuss them for more than five minutes. But I'm so glad you got Eleanor!! It's definitely one of my favorite books this year!! 2y
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Audrey
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This book is very readable. I wanted to know what happened despite being irritated with most of the book. But, there are so many problems with it. The biggest is that the "novel" within the novel, is not good. It's supposed to be a first novel and a literary darling. It's not written well and the story line is melodramatic. There were other smaller issues, with plotting, dialogue, inaccurate facts and borderline stalking behavior.

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Purrfectpages
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There have been so many books written about lost love, it's impossible to tag all of them. Here's a sample of a few on TBR. Anyone read any of these? #lostloves #jubilantjuly

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JennyTheBish
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Beautiful and captivating book! Page turner that you won't want to put down.

Hollie I loved this one! It made me ugly cry, but I loved it! 2y
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Hollie
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This one was #tearinupmyheart when I was reading it. An adjunct writing instructor starts reading a new bestseller and quickly realizes that it is her painful childhood written on the pages and that the new hot mysterious author is her childhood best friend/first love. She's furious that he would write HER story. I burned through this book and ugly cried at the end. I think it just hit me in the feels at that time! #90sinjuly

Robothugs Oh wow. This book is going on my TBR immediately! 2y
Cinfhen Sounds great 👍🏻 seems a bit like a book I just read & loved 2y
Hollie @Cinfhen I just stacked that one! Thanks for the recommendation 😀 2y
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Purrfectpages
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Here's a bunch of life related titles off my TBR list. Anyone read any of these? #life #junebookbugs

Zelma I liked the Rob Lowe memoir, but his first one is much better. Both are especially good on audiobook since he reads them; his voice is great for listening. 2y
Purrfectpages @Zelma I read the first one. I'd imagine he has a good voice for audiobooks. 2y
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schakarin
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Mehso-so

My expectations for this book were pretty high and I'm sad to say that it didn't really meet them. The writing felt very off and the story didn't have a natural flow at all. Overall, this was quite disappointing for me.

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91° with a breeze on this beautiful afternoon. finally found some down time to sit and read this book! (and shout out to my love for the bday gift!)

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imajod
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My read for the plane back home. Making sure I don't finish my April #girlybookclub selection the day of like I did last time haha.

Sace Is the girly book club in real life or on social media? 3y
imajod Real life. In lots of different cities in the country and around the world. Look it up! 3y
MrBook Belatedly, welcome to @Litsy ! We hope you enjoy your stay 😊👍🏻. 3y
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beyondbookish
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Currently Reading 📚

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Sara_Planz
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@Hollie Thank you so much! The Jane Austen socks are so perfect and can you believe I have not read any of these books!!!! You are the best and I love my #cupidgoespostal gifts!!!

Hollie I think you're gonna love these books, I stalked your have read stack to make sure! I chose the Lawson book because she's from your home state, but also because it made me laugh until I cried. Enjoy! 💕💕💕 3y
Gayan The Jen Lawson book is probably the funniest thing I have ever read. I am going to see her next month. 3y
Sara_Planz @Hollie I cannot wait to dig into all of these! Perfect assortment for me! Thank you again so much. 3y
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cathysaid The Lawson book...gut-achingly-funny! 3y
rubyslippersreads NEED those Jane Austen socks! 😍😍😍 3y
Reviewsbylola I got a Rita Septys book too! 3y
LeahBergen I want those socks!!!! 😍😍 3y
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Reggie
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I gave this a pick because i'm a sucker for happy endings but i found the main character very unlikable, even after you find out about her childhood. The premise of girl reading a book that happens to be about her, written by her first love who she hasn't seen in 12 years is great. Just execution and some story choices bothered me. Like the lets say Trevor is an addict out 30 pages from the end to give Emi an out. It was alright.

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Reggie
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This book and almost all the others recently read have made me realize is that bad parent characters make great books. And if a main character has good parents, there is a price they pay.

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Hollie
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#inthemoodforlove #seasonsreadings2016
You guys, this love story hit me right in the feels. It's about an aspiring writer who picks up a bestseller and is sucked into the story...only to realize the mysterious author is actually her childhood best friend and first love and this story is about her!! She's pissed that he would write about her traumatic childhood and she hasn't seen him in 10 years, oh but that changes...read it with tissues handy!

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That-Bookish-Hiker
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Mehso-so

I loved Renee Carlino's characters in Sweet Thing and expected the same chemistry and story telling in this book but didn't find it. I had a hard time liking Emiline. I found some of her interactions with people around her cold and distant. That could have been because of her past but it made it hard to connect with her. I liked the story told within the story more than the actually story.

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That-Bookish-Hiker
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Saw this on Facebook and had to share it on here. ☺️

MrBook 😂👏🏻🙌🏻 3y
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That-Bookish-Hiker
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😂

britt_brooke Love this. 👏🏻 3y
Desha Hahaha hilarious and so true! I just signed up for Amazon prime and I love it. 😍😍😍 3y
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CoffeeK8
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Had to rush and finish this with my morning coffee while the baby was asleep. This book was great, the characters were compelling and I always ❤️ a story with a book within a book plot line.

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CoffeeK8
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This book is so intense... totally hooked from page one!

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AnnaDesourdy
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Mehso-so

I didn't love Em but I did love Jase. My problem with the book was I couldn't understand why he loved her so much. I know they went through major stuff together and she was very damaged but I just couldn't understand why she chose to run from him. And I couldn't understand why she kept trying to make things work with Trevor. Overall though I would recommend for Colleen Hoover fans. It was a mix of November 9 and It Ends With Us.

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AnnaDesourdy
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Warning: This book may cause you to question your path and completely change it.

Texreader This quote is so true. I took a big leap of faith to go to law school after being out of school for years. It was one of the best (but scary) things I ever did! I love what I do and don't ever regret that decision almost 20 years ago. 3y
AnnaDesourdy @Texreader that's awesome!!! 3y
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Ngoris
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Emiline es una escritora de veintisiete años que no encuentra la inspiración para escribir, que está en una relación para nada apasionada con su novio de hace siete años. Su amiga le recomienda leer la novela de la que todos están hablando y desde el principio ella encuentra su propia historia trágica y de su mejor amigo y primer amor Jase. 4⭐️
Aunque es una buena novela, no es tan buena como Cuando éramos extraños de la misma autora.

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AnnaDesourdy
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Phew. This line got me. My grandfather, who was an absolutely brilliant, hardworking, incredible man, died a few years ago. I remember reading his obituary and thinking this exact same thing.

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AnnaDesourdy
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Dear Fall, I ❤️you. Please don't go.

Bette Agree. 3y
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CriztheMisfit
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My feelings: 🙃 😍 😰 😭 😍
#readathon

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missarixreads
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This book was just meh for me. I was expecting more...

JennyTheBish Oh no! 3y
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BooksForTheLiving
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"We can't always control our circumstances, who our parents are, where we live, or how much money we make, but in those rare moments when we can shape our fate, when we do have the power to make our own happiness, we can't be too scared to do it."

AnnaDesourdy Ok this is freaky. I have this same quilt, same pillow, and I just picked up this book from the library.... 3y
BooksForTheLiving @AnnaDesourdyAuthor That IS freaky! You have great taste though lol 3y
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Bostonmomx2
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5/5 stars!!

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Bostonmomx2
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Spending this Saturday am reading. Wasn't sure I could deal with what felt like juvenile writing but by chapter 2 I'm completely absorbed and having trouble putting this one down. ** update ** finished this just now. It was soooo good! Highly recommend.

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Wellreadtraveler
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This book was incredibly amazing, I loved it so so much, and good not put it down. From the very beginning I was hooked, and couldn't wait to find out what happens with "Emerson" and "Jax". Such an incredible love story, with a very happy ending. Go get it ASAP, you'll be happy you read it!

JennyTheBish Aww look @ReneeCarlino another great review! 3y
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sarahmrclo
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“Jackson?” I asked.
“Yeah?”
“What‘s going to happen?”
I could feel his heart beating fast against my chest. “Nobody knows.”
“I hate that,” I said.
“I know, I hate it too, but I guess it‘s like reading a good book. The kind where you don‘t want to skip pages to see what happens at the end. Each moment is a story in itself.”

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JennyTheBish
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Do y'all prefer long paragraph on books. Or do you just like a quick sentence or two on how I feel? Just wondering as I normal make them very short to sum up my feelings.

Megabooks Quick sentence or two for sure! I feel like I'm making more progress. 3y
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JennyTheBish
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tonilehelena
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I really wanted to like this book but I couldn't. The writing needed a good edit and the characters were unrealistic. Also, truly terrible dialogue. I'm so disappointed!

LiteraryinLititz I hate it when that happens! 3y
missarixreads Agreed. 3y
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aWrites
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#CurrentStatus Enjoying my fave #CruBeaujolais from #Morgon + enjoying a wonderful book, while hubs is out. #WineNerd #booksandwine #Gamay

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JennyTheBish
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Sale sale sale! I am waiting to read this till my paperback comes in. Anything she write is amazing! So grab it. #sale

Hollie I agree 100%, scoop this one up! It is sooo good! 3y
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Hollie
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I ugly cried at the end. I'm so stressed, I probably needed it. I intended to spend the evening working and ended up reading this in one sitting. I couldn't stop. So now, I still have all the work to do, but with puffy eyes!

JennyTheBish I just ordered this in paperback. Can't wait for it to get here 3y
Hollie @JennyTheBish I can't wait to hear what you think of it! 3y
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ObsessiveBookNerdLauren
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This book was so beautifully written. Right from the start, you are drawn into Emiline's life. It took no time at all to get into this story.

There were a lot of moving parts and there was a story within a story during most of the book. That might seem confusing, but it wasn't as all. Following Emiline's journey was both enjoyable and gut wrenching. This book was just wonderful.

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