What If (If Only… #2) by A.J. PineWhat If by A.J. Pine
Published December 2014
Series: If Only #2
Genres: New Adult
three-half-stars
Format: ARC

Note: I was granted an advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my rating or the content of my review.
 

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During his semester abroad, Griffin Reed almost gave his heart to a girl who loved someone else. Lesson learned. Now he’s home, where following in his father’s footsteps may not be what he wants, but it’s what his parents expect. It might be taking the easy road, but he doesn’t see a way out.

Something that could have killed Maggie Kendall took away the person she used to be instead. Her condition makes her dependent on sticky notes, photos, and medication just to get through each day. The last thing she needs is a distraction—or someone new to disappoint.

What they refuse to see is they are perfect for each other. Maggie makes Griffin want to be a better man, and he makes her believe a future is possible. But these two have to find a way to share the secrets ripping them apart, if they’re ever going to have a chance at happiness.

Two years ago Maggie Kendall survived what could have put an end to her life, but she still lives with the consequences of that event, as side-effect such as memory-loss and migraines cloud her daily life.

Griffin Reed brings a hitchhiking Maggie to work on a day she missed her bus, and for some reason, the quirky redhead won’t quit leave his thoughts, so he soon comes back to meet her at the coffeeshop she works at. But while Maggie doesn’t do relationships due to not wanting to be a burden to anyone, Griffin has a weight of his own: while after over a year he is still thinking of the girl he never got over, his father is pressuring him into following a path that is not his own…

But what if their encounter will forever change their outlook on life?

This book is book #2 in the If Only Series, but I hadn’t read the first book before as this can totally work as a standalone. All in all, What If was a cute and romantic story. I liked reading about a main character with a chronic and life-changing disease, because I’ll gladly take any difference from “your-usual-New-Adult-novel” I can possibly get. This part of the plot was possibly what made the book the most interesting, because you are constantly reading on and waiting for the ball to drop when in the end…

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I really liked the emotional build-up between Maggie and Griffin. They both have to make adjustments, but while Griffin probably makes the most, I sometimes wanted to shake Maggie because she sometimes acts completely blind to Griffin’s devotion and has an extremely hard time opening up to him, thinking he would possibly reject her once the truth about her condition comes out.

All in all, the plot wasn’t exactly mind blowing. But what was, and what I appreciated the most was how Maggie and Griffin got to know each other and found their own personal way to interact and to not-date. The writing was pretty nice, and I enjoyed all the side-characters, which could make perfect material for another book in the series, which I would totally be inclined to check out.

Detailed Rating
Storyline
2.5 Stars
Characters
4 Stars
Writing
5 Stars
All the feels
4 Stars
Overall: three-half-stars