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Think You Know Me (Being Me Book 3) by Tricia Copeland

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Think You Know Me, Being Me, Tricia Copeland, New Adult, clean, book review, On My Kindle Book Reviews
March 20

This isn’t fair! I see his face every time I close my eyes, hear his mother’s words echo in my dreams. And he’s a headline again? How do I move past the rage and guilt when he won’t go away? I need him gone. He doesn’t get to win like this. I won’t let him.

-Amanda

Amanda’s first year of college is fraught with drama and parental scrutiny. With her relationship secure and a clean break from her parents, all she wants is a normal term. But fate steps in and deals a shattering blow. Think You Know Me will keep you guessing from the first chapter.
Source: I received a free copy of this book with the option of leaving an honest review.
Genre: New Adult, Clean
Format: eBook, Print
Publication Date: April 25, 2016
Series: Being Me

Review

Amanda's first year in college has been tough: starting a new relationship with Doug, coping with Doug moving to Japan to pursue his career, taking classes for a major that she's not happy with, establishing boundaries with her parents, dealing with injuries, moving into off-campus housing with a friend, and juggling tutoring sessions to pay for her health bills and housing. Despite all of this, Amanda feels like she has some semblance of control over life. Then the unthinkable happens when Amanda is assaulted on campus outside of the frat house she frequents.

Surrounded by people whose support Amanda finds more suffocating than helpful, Amanda struggles to overcome what happened to her. As she desperately tries to regain control of her life that seems to be spinning out of control, her already overbearing parents become insufferable and threaten to withdraw even more of the financial support they are providing her with as she attends college. Everybody seems to think they know what's best for Amanda and they don't bother to find out what she thinks. As a result, Amanda tries to maintain some semblance of control over life by reverting back to old behaviors that have harmed her in the past.

Before I begin the "official" review, the review that will be posted everywhere, I have something to say about this book. It was tough for me to read at times because I understood Amanda's perspective from experience. I know what it's like to have control over body and mind ripped away, and then have friends and family insist that they know what's best for you while ignoring what you say you need. There's nothing like having something beyond your control happen to you, only to have those closest to you attempt to control your healing process and then they don't understand why you've taken extreme measures to regain that control over your mind and body. Been there, done that, have the t-shirt, and I'm moving on to my "official" review.

Think You Know Me is a realistic and sometimes heart-wrenching perspective of a young woman, Amanda, who is taking the first steps towards adulthood.

Assault and its aftermath are tough topics to tackle, but Copeland manages to discuss them with empathy and compassion. Having read the series from the beginning, I have grown to admire Amanda's resilience in the face of challenges that no woman, much less one on the brink of adulthood, should have to endure. After the events of the previous book, I was hoping that Amanda's path would level off and she could begin enjoying her experience as a freshman in college; however, it apparently wasn't meant to be.

Copeland's evocative writing style wonderfully expressed Amanda's turbulent emotions as she faced each new challenge, leaving readers no choice but to feel what this vulnerable and strong protagonist was feeling. Amanda and her situation were so realistic; it was easy for me to forget that Amanda's a fictitious character while reading the book. This isn't a "fluffy" work of new adult fiction; it is an empowering, educational, and cautionary tale of the joys and plights that many young women face in college.

Wonderfully written and realistic, I'm anxious to read the next installment of the series to find out how (or if) Amanda is able to overcome the challenges that threaten to consume her.

About Tricia Copeland

Tricia Copeland,Think You Know Me, Being Me, On My Kindle Book Reviews
Tricia Copeland, author. Courtesy of Goodreads.
Tricia Copeland grew up in Georgia and now lives with her family Colorado. Her contemporary adult Being Me series includes Is This Me?, If I Could Fly, and Being Me. Her first YA paranormal work Drops of Sunshine first appeared in Spellbound. She has another YA work Lovelock Ones: Native One in The Butterfly Box.

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