The Sum of These Things by Emily O'Beirne

The Sum of These Things

byEmily O'Beirne

Kobo ebook | December 16, 2015

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In the sequel to A Story of Now, Claire Pearson has already learned a few things this summer. Like falling for a girl is easy. Well, it is if that girl is Mia.

What Claire hasn’t learned yet is that now comes the hard part: learning to trust in this new relationship. And that isn’t easy when no one has ever given you a reason to trust before.

Then there’s the pressing question of what to do with her life. Claire’s new volunteer job working with kids offers a glimpse of a potential future, but it definitely isn’t something her pushy mother is going to like.

Still, everything feels hopeful as she embarks on the next chapter of her life, armed with new friends and the warm and funny Mia. But Claire quickly discovers that negotiating this new terrain of adulthood isn’t easy. Over the rest of this momentous summer, the biggest lesson Claire must learn is how not to let anything get in the way of her happiness. Especially herself.

Title:The Sum of These ThingsFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:December 16, 2015Publisher:Ylva PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3955334732

ISBN - 13:9783955334734

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent sequel to A Story of Now Before reading this book, be sure to read A Story of Now; neither book is a standalone read, nor is it meant to be. The Sum of These Things picks up where A Story of Now ends so having both books handy for a smooth reading transition is my suggestion. The trajectory of Mia and Claire’s relationship is so realistic that at times I truly disliked Claire and the decisions she makes, actions she takes in their relationship. They’re both younger adults but their conflicts are not unique to that age and neither are the resolutions. The supporting characters (some familiar from A Story of Now and several new ones) are great and likable, fleshed out and given enough attention in the story to be more than just props in scenes with the main characters. Mia and Claire’s relationships with their families are focused on more in this book and provide more insight into their characters and the choices they make, the beliefs they carry thru life. Claire’s floundering is often frustrating to read more than any other character’s but it is an often painfully accurate portrayal of what a lack of communication or imposing ghosts of relationships past can do in a current relationship. For that reason alone I suggest this book and A Story of Now to adults of all ages and not solely younger or new adults; everyone can learn something in reading this story or see things in their own lives in a different light. There is humor in both books and a diversity of characters which only adds to the reasons I recommend these books and look forward to anything else the author publishes in the future.
Date published: 2018-03-21