Emancipating Andie by Priscilla Glenn

Emancipating Andie

From goodreads: Ever since the one time Andie Weber threw caution to the wind – and paid the price for it – she’s learned that it’s safer and smarter to live life playing by the rules. Now she’s got a great apartment, a steady job, and a wonderful boyfriend in Colin; he’s sweet, stable, and essentially perfect – except maybe for the fact that his best friend is Chase.

Chase McGuire lives his carefree, unstructured life strictly for himself. Dripping sarcasm and oozing wit, he refuses to censor his feelings or opinions for anyone, making no apologies for either and wearing his abrasiveness like a badge of honor. No one has ever gotten under Andie’s skin the way Chase does – and vice versa.

So when Andie and Chase find themselves forced to take a two-day road trip together, they are already dreading an inevitable all-out war. But as the trip progresses, and the undeniable friction that has always defined their relationship slowly begins to wear away their preconceived notions of each other, Andie and Chase discover they both have a lot to learn about life, courage, happiness, and the age-old battle between logic and love.

I absolutely loved this book and I love it not because I’m a huge Priscilla Glenn fan but because this story is absolutely beautiful.  It’s slow building with a pinch of angst and great dialogue between the characters.  This book won’t make you throw you e-reader out the window in frustration but it will keep you up until all night because you are cheering for Andie and Chase to make it!

“We judge people by our own standards of happiness … What makes you happy might not make that woman over there happy. But human beings have a terrible habit of thinking they know what’s best for each other. ” 

Chase is my hero and I keep wondering where are all the Chase’s of the world?  He was perfectly imperfect which made him so likeable from the very beginning.  The way he looks at the world made me reflect on how I look at my own views with life in general.  When an author can do that…it simply means she’s a brilliant writer who can weave a story so magically that you want to morph into the characters.

“I didn’t want to be the kind of guy who had no regrets. Honestly, I wouldn’t trust someone who had no regrets. It means that they’ve never learned from their mistakes, or they’re too arrogant to realize they’ve made them in the first place … I think having regrets makes us better people … So…instead of having no regrets, we should know our regrets … Wear them like a bade of lessons learned … If we can’t recognize when we’ve messed up, then how will we know when we’ve gotten it right?” 

I found pieces of myself in Andie and I love the way she questions life and love after meeting Chase.  That road trip was an epiphany for Andie and it moved me to pieces.  What’s it about being “comfortable” that gives us the false sense of security??  That’s the nagging question that Andie asks herself after spending an amazing few days with Chase and soon she finds herself dreading the end of that glorious road trip.

“You don’t see the world the way other people do. And when you let your guard down, the way you think, the way you say things… you make people look at things differently. You make people feel things.” 

The pace of this story is perfect, the character development is flawless and it’s no surprise that the story is written in the most fluid way possible.  I needed a break from the dark and angst driven books I love because this was light and beautiful. I needed this book and it was refreshing to read!!  I highly recommend this book to all because it will leave you completely satisfied.  Go forth and purchase this book!!!



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