Goodreads.com Description: “Eight weeks after sixteen-year-old Andie Hamilton gives her virginity to her best friend, “the stick” says she’s pregnant.
Her friends treat her like she’s carrying the plague, her classmates torture and ridicule her, and the boy she thought loved her doesn’t even care. Afraid to experience the next seven months alone, she turns to her ex-boyfriend, Neil Donaghue, a dark-haired, blue-eyed player. With him, she finds comfort and the support she desperately needs to make the hardest decision of her life: whether or not to keep the baby.
Then a tragic accident leads Andie to discover Neil’s keeping a secret that could dramatically alter their lives, and she’s forced to make a choice. But after hearing her son’s heartbeat for the first time, she doesn’t know how she’ll ever be able to let go.”
About the Author
Tori Rigby is a YA author of Contemporary and Historical Romances. She longs to live in the Scottish Highlands, and her favorite time and place in history is Medieval England—so much that she’d give up her Internet and running water to go back in time! Tori also writes dark YA fiction as Vicki Leigh.
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I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Because I Love You by Tori Rigby relates an age-old teenage issue but wraps it in a heartfelt, endearing story. Unlike other stories I’ve read on this subject, it wasn’t preachy. There was no right nor wrong about Andie’s situation. Instead it focused on making choices out of love.
I admired Andie and her strength. She so wanted to do the right thing by her unborn child. Neil became the ideal boyfriend. Not once did he judge her or her decisions. He simply became the rock she needed. And Jill was the perfect best friend. She demonstrated what we all want in our friends—love and support when things go wrong in our lives.
Rigby did a wonderful job weaving in themes in Because I Love You. The most important message to readers concerned family and friends. We can’t choose our family and sometimes our friends choose us. This is such an important lesson to all ages, but especially young adults. In our youth we have a tendency to surround ourselves with the people we think should be in our lives. Andie thought she had selected great best friends. It wasn’t until she had a life crisis that she found people she could really trust.
The second important message in Rigby’s tale is the value of self-forgiveness. Andie needed to forgive herself and do the right thing for her child and for Neil. It was a hard decision to make and it didn’t mean she was any less of a person for doing it. Neil had to forgive himself and realize he wasn’t responsible for his mother’s behavior. Once he did that, he was able to move forward.
Because I Love You was a well-written story with complex characters. It highlighted the reality behind adoption, and how a less than perfect situation can bring joy to others. I highly recommend it, and look forward to reading more by Tori Rigby.
(5 Hands=Excellent, 4 Hands=Pretty Good, 3 Hands=Good)