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~Release Day Review~The Story of Us by Barbara Elsborg~


41953557Title: The Story of Us
Author: Barbara Elsborg
Publisher: Self-Published
Page Count: 435 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, New Adult
Release Date: October 30, 2018
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: ✮5 Stars✮


Two boys. One love. Ten summers. 
Are you okay?
The first words Zed says to Caspian, and the first time someone has cared about the answer. On a hot summer’s day, the lives of two boys are changed forever. A rebel and a risk taker, Caspian doesn’t give a damn for the consequences. Studious and obedient, Zed is the good boy who is never good enough.
The two couldn’t be more different, but there’s one thing they share, a need to belong to someone who understands them, someone who cares. Their friendship goes deeper than either can possibly imagine. They’re young, in love, and planning their future when an act of betrayal tears them apart. 
Fate deals its hand. Seasons pass. Zed’s words follow Caspian through pain, fear and into the darkest of places. Friendships can last a lifetime, even when the world conspires to crush them. But this is more than friendship. This is love and they’re not going to let it slip through their fingers. 
The Story of Us is a tale of love and survival, and the triumph of good over evil against the odds.
The Story of Us is a new adult contemporary romance. It deals with family and social issues, violence and cruelty to children but not sexual assault, sexual situations, and has dark elements and suspense. The events and locations are a mixture of real and fictional. The characters are fictional.

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I love this author. I have read many of her books and I have plenty of them in paperback in my bookcase. So the moment I heard about this one…I knew I had to read it…no question about it!! Then I started this one and within a few pages…I wanted to close my book and throw my Kindle out of the window… rage gif

I know this book has a trigger alert…but I am still gonna give out my own warning. This book deals with physical, psychological and emotional child abuse…and it damn near broke my black little heart!!! There were some moments I even considered not finishing it because it hurt…

I have heard this author being referred to, as the “queen of angst” and I’ve got to say, that she really stuck to that title with this one!! I myself am actually a sucker for angsty books, so I knew I just had to suck it up and keep on keeping on. I love books that make me “feel” and since this one gave me an overdose of “feels“…I have to give it 5 stars.

I don’t want to go into the storyline too much, because I really don’t want to spoiler it, so I am gonna keep this short.

Zed and Caspian meet one summer when both are around 15 years old. They click instantly and form a deep bond, one that goes beyond friendship even. Both have horrible home lives in their own way…and both can’t wait to be old enough to leave…

When things go from bad to worse, they decide they no longer want to wait until they are old enough to leave. But some things are just not meant to be and sometimes the people closest to you, are the ones who will betray you the most…

Years pass, but these boys, who slowly grow into men…they never forget, especially each other. It was love in the truest form…This book cut open my chest, took my heart out, ripped it into pieces, sowed it back together and put it back in! How is that for a visual? 😛 If you are a fan of angsty books and a sucker for young and “true love“, then you should definitely give this one a shot. I am so glad I did…

I highly recommend!!! 💕 






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