The final book in the series You and Me Always is out on August 1st in ebook format (paperback to follow in October) so I decided to do a round up/spotlight feature here instead of reviewing each book individually.
The series opens at the start of the school year with No Such Thing as Forever, which sees Sarah dishing the details on her hot holiday fling, Joe. Sarah is convinced that summer love can last into winter, but her friends Ashley (the player) and Donna (the party girl) are not so sure. Ashley and Donna know that guys are usually just out for one thing. They don't want Sarah to get hurt, but they know that she has to find out about love the hard way...and then there's Ollie. He's Sarah's BFF, but does he want to be something more?
Ashley is a player. A total love them and leave them type. Ashley has one night stands and makes no apologies for it. But lately she's been getting a little tired of getting drunk and hooking up with random guys - especially when it turns out that they already have girlfriends. Ooops! Also, Rumour Has It that she's got her eye on shy guy Dylan, but he doesn't seem to notice her at all. Well, sometimes he does, and then sometimes he just ignores her. Could it be that Dylan is turned off by Ashley's 'love 'em and leave 'em' reputation?
Cass has been with Adam since forever. Well, ever since she was fifteen. None of her friends can stand Adam, and truth be told, he's not so big on them either. A straight A student with a wonderful future ahead of her, Cass knows she's going to have to start putting herself first if she wants to get ahead. But how do you say goodbye to the only guy you've ever loved? And then there's her friend Jack, who makes no secret of the fact that he's totally into her. Three's a Crowd, and it's also causing Cass major stress...
Donna is a no nonsense party girl. She doesn't let others see the real her because she doesn't want to get hurt. And she's okay with not having a boyfriend - really, she is. After a bad experience Donna is convinced that nobody will ever love her, but when she starts flunking English and has to hire a tutor to she's about to learn some Lessons in Love. Will seems perfect for Donna and all her friends love him, but maybe he's too perfect. Could it be, in fact, that he's keeping some pretty big secrets from Donna?
Ollie is a one-night-stand kind of guy. For reasons he doesn't want to go into (because they are complicated and embarrassing) he doesn't do relationships. Lately, though, Ollie's been thinking about his best friend Sarah a lot, and in a light bulb moment, he realises that She's the One. Sarah is special to Ollie: his best girl friend, and now something more. He doesn't want to mess this up, because if he does, he'll lose everything. Guess what: Ollie just messed up. Big time.
I hope I've got some of you interested in this because I can't recommend this series highly enough. If you're looking for a great series of relationship drama, friendship and fun to read in the summer sun, then this one is for you.